About the book: 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.
My review: This book reminded me a lot of the classic fairy-tales we've all known and loved all of our lives. I thought that it was fun that there wasn't any mention of a fairy godmother or magic. Just a young woman with determination, willing to do whatever it takes to make it to a ball.
I loved Ella, and her father too. I completely loved the stories of kindnesses her father had done before his untimely death. I truly loved the way that Ella was able to forgive and see the good in everyone and the way that she cared for her stepmother and stepsisters even when they were completely unkind and ungrateful.
I loved Will and the way that it was obvious that he cared for Ella, before she even knew that he did. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsisters, but that's how it's supposed to work, right?
The plot of this book kept me interested from the very beginning and the ending was just perfect. If you're looking for a great book that you will love and won't want to put down look no further than this one!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee was born the fourth of seven children to a family of avid readers, movie quoters, and sports fanatics. She graduated with a degree in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She is a mother of five rambunctious, adorable boys and while you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should be.