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Cinderella's Dress Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
I've ended up with mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the story, enjoyed the characters, but I ended it feeling as if there was still so much I didn't know. The details of the era were there, however, and I truly appreciated that. There was a mention of Dior and the New Look, which I loved since I took a history class a few years ago on fashion and US History. Much of this book talked about fashion and clothes. I also loved Kate's great-aunt and great-uncle, although this is probably entirely a personal thing. I was a Polish linguist in the Army so I loved the interspersed Polish phrases and culture.
Honestly, I think the only true issue I had with this book was the vagueness that seemed to exist around the dresses. I wanted to know more about what their importance was, why Kate's family had been entrusted with them, the slippers, the purpose of Kate's necklace. I also think that I went into the book with a more fantasy, fairy tale mindset. And this book was really more historical fiction/romance with a fantasy element. It is a book that I am going to reread at some point with a more focused mindset, because I think it really has the potential to be great.
Things to love...
--Johnny Day. A bit arrogant at times, but truly a good guy who makes a perfect book boyfriend.
--Floyd. Kate's brother has a lot of loyalty and honor.
Things I wanted more/less of...
--More information.Read more ›
You know, it was a pretty good book. A little slow ... that's why I gave it 3 stars. The story was completely enchanting, even if it was a bit confusing at times with all of the Polish. But the story itself was something that really swept me up. The whole premise was something new and one that I think would appeal to a lot of readers. If it weren't so slow it would have been amazing ... oh and sometimes it would skip ahead MONTHS and not give any indication that that had happened. I really thought I had received an incomplete copy a couple of times. If there had been a "A few months later ... " heading or something. Anything would have worked. Those jumps in time with no warning or immediate explanation made the book start and stop and it just impeded the flow of the whole novel.
You'll fall in love with Johnny and his interactions with the main character, Kate. She's a spunky one that kept Johnny on his toes - their conversations were fun to read. This is definitely a book to give a go. Maybe my expectations of pace is faster than yours. Cinderella's dress would be good to read if you're looking for a sweet, carefree, pool read.
In essence this is less a story about the Dress than about war; Shonna Slayton reveals the impact of World War II upon American citizens, including those who have families fighting or MIA, and those who are left behind dealing with sexism, rationing and trying to survive. We also encounter the war over the dress, which becomes a symbol of hope, between the descendants of Cinderella, the Kolodenkos, and the family of her step-sisters, the Burgosovs.
Although Kate is the story's main character, I particularly loved Aldabert and Elsie, who introduce Kate to the legend of Cinderella's Dress. As the story develops we sadly see Elsie's dementia worsening, but in her periods of lucidity she becomes the narrator of the fantasy part of the story. Her husband, Aldabert struggles to take care of her; the most moving scene is when he plays her Prince Charming and as they dance she remembers his true identity. As the keeper of the Dress, Elsie wants Kate to succeed the role and she is given the package for safe-keeping. Under Kate's guardianship the true power of the garments are revealed and she too becomes involved in the mystery and the age-old battle to possess it.
At the beginning of the novel Shonna Slayton shares her narrative with letters from Kate's father and brother, but as the story progresses these disappear and though we are aware Kate's father is presumed dead, I missed the contact with Floyd and feel there was no resolution to this thread.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting concept. Enjoyed the story even though it was written for teens.Published 21 days ago by Elizabeth Fuller-Tarbox
Kate Allen is a teenage girl in World War II Era New York City. Her dad is over in Italy working as a Monument Man, guarding the art from the Nazi forces. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Fiction Vixen
This e-galley was provided by NetGalley and Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Cinderella's Dress was a unique take on the story of Cinderella. I love how it's sort of about the descendants of both Cinderella and the stepsisters, but mostly how it focuses on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan
I found this to be a fun and quick read. Loved all the characters and getting to know the story of the dresses. It was hard to put down.Published 10 months ago by Needeler
You know what? I loved the story. Cinderella's Dress included so many unexpected elements, that I had no choice but to follow along. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CC
I'm a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and most anything to do with princesses. I love the idea that Cinderella was a real person and that there is a family who helps guard her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Montessori Librarian