Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape—until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that’s better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won’t be able to put down.
I typically enjoy fairy tale retellings, and Ella was no exception. You won't find fairy godmothers, and talking animals in Peaslee's version, and I couldn't help but picture the movie version Ever After for much of the time I was reading. But, part of the enjoyment is that this version doesn't follow the typical storyline.
The characters are very well done, and you can't help but become emotionally attached to Ella. She is so mistreated, and yet she pushes through instead of running away because of a promise she made to her father. Time after time she shows her loyalty.
This is a very quick, clean read, that I'd happily recommend and read again. Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee is an author to watch for.
I've enjoyed every retelling of Cinderella that I've watched or read, and this story was no exception. I've always wondered why Cinderella just didn't up and leave since her step family was so horrible and abusive to her, and this book finally gives the reader a valid reason for it.
Of course, the romance is an important part of this story, and I thought it was really well done. None of this "falling madly in love with someone you just barely met and know nothing about," which is something that has always bugged me.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. (I read it in less than two days.) It has all of the elements that make a really good story for me - romance that builds up over time, good values, conflict of some sort and an ending that doesn't feel rushed or incomplete. I will definitely read future books from this author.
I'm a sucker for fairy tales and their re-tellings, but I will admit that I think Cinderella is slightly over done. However, with this retelling it brought out and answered all the problems I have with Cinderella. Why doesn't she just leave? Answered! Falling in love in one night? Answered! A shoe that will only fit her (this one bugs me the most....really, how many of you don't know someone else with your shoe size? Either Cinderella has freakishly large or tiny feet, or they are shaped different for this scenario to work) Well, in this book that problem is addressed and I loved it!
The characters were really well written and even though it's a re-telling there are some surprises thrown in. As a plus, the surprises don't come out of nowhere. The ground work is laid early on in the story, and that makes for a great read.
Final plus of the book? It was a sweet romance that was clean. Always nice. I can't wait for more from this author.
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Author: Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Publisher: Sweetwater Books an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: November 2015
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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