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To Take Her Pride by Annemarie Brear
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Feb 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: free, family, friendship, historical-fiction, romance, war, requested-review
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With fairy tale connotations Anne Brear offers you a story complete with true love, a stepmother, a wicked queen, and a knight who rides to the rescue. Only the "stepmother" isn't evil; the "queen" is evil, but she's a mother not a queen; and the knight, who is not the hero of the story, his armor is a little too tarnished to be shining.

What in the story is going on?

In the beginning of To Take Her Pride it appears as if it's a childhood sweetheart's story. Aurora and Reid have spent many childhood years living next door to one another, ultimately falling in love. Like most sheltered children though, they are blind to the plans, plots, and secrets that threaten their happily ever after.

The biggest plotter working against them is the evil, manipulative, and controlling Julia who also happens to be Reid's mother. She is absolutely set against Reid ever marrying Aurora, as she sees Aurora's family as being beneath her own. In her determination to keep Aurora away from Reid Julia unearths a secret that will forever alter Aurora's world, driving her away from her family and the safety of her family's home.

Aurora's journey takes her into a world far removed from the one she used to know. She reconnects with a lost relative, forms friendships with the honorable and the slightly disreputable, and through it all becomes a stronger and more independent person.

If you're looking for a fairy tale with a twist, then look no further than To Take Her Pride. The characters may not fill out all the classic roles precisely, and you'll get to meet the entire townspeople around the "castle", but they are beyond a doubt entertaining and very adeptly written. It's a great read that reminds the little girls in us that sometimes the princess has to become Cinderella in order to be a good queen one day.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review*
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