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Lost (Cinderella's Secret Diaries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ron Vitale
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This is the first book in the Cinderella's Secret Diaries series. Lost will captivate readers who love New Adult fiction and fairy tales. Lost is a perfect match for fans who have read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and the glass slipper, but what happened to her after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her new life. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother's death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and suddenly her world is turned upside down . . .

Find out if Cinderella does find her happily ever after in Lost, the dark and intriguing first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series!


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Book reviewer Jess Olsen Faulkingham: "The intrigue in this story pulled me in and wouldn't let go."

Book reviewer Tania Collins: "Written in a rich, beautiful style, so as not to take away from the original story, Cinderella's secret diary is definitely worth a read as well as a re-read."

About the Author

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ron Vitale was influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Stephenie Meyer and French culture, but has never forgotten his roots, proud to be able to correctly order a cheese steak at Pat's steaks.

During his early 20s, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French and then went on to obtain his Master of Arts in English, at Villanova University. After graduation, Ron entered the world of medical publishing, utilizing his editing and technological skills. In October 2007, Ron published his science fiction short story collection The Jovian Gate Chronicles that answers the question: What happens when humans cross paths with intelligent aliens who claim to be prophets from God? In the fall of 2008, he released his fantasy novel Dorothea's Song, a tale of a young high school student who copes with his parents' divorcing by dreaming up the story of Dorothea, an elf who lives in the magical forest.

Currently, he is keeping himself busy, penning articles on social media and writing, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615530443
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHDX18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,757 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, original imagining of the Cinderella myth August 24, 2011
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The Secret Diaries of Cinderella: Book One, Lost, is an original, heartfelt imagining of what life was like for Cinderella after the prince saved her from her evil stepmother and stepsisters. No longer a "cinder girl," Cinderella finds herself in a not-so-elevated position when, after 4 years of marriage, she has failed to conceive an heir for the royal family. Increasingly sensing that something in her life is not right, Cinderella begins a diary, and thus ensues a journey of painful, and often treacherous, self-discovery.

Like the old fairytales, before modern-day softening, much of what Cinderella experiences on her quest is not necessarily good or happy: a kind yet passive father, a mother whose past is cloaked in darkness and eerie entanglements, a witch who seems most concerned with wielding the power and magic of her old religion, and a fox, whose gradually revealed true nature manifests as a disturbing and terrifying testament of how deeply twisted true love can become.

Cinderella is appropriate for a young adult fantasy fiction audience and more than substantial enough for an adult readership. It may be especially inspiring for young female readers, for its support of female independence, imagination, and fortitude.

Readers of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and The Dead Father's Club may find this book particularly enjoyable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Enjoyable Read March 30, 2012
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I chose the title of this review, not because I was surprised that I liked the book, but more because I came upon it, really, by chance. Regardless, as many of the other reviewers have already given a little "back-story" to this work, I mainly wanted to focus on the fact that what I enjoyed most about it were not just the surprising twists and turns that take you far from where you thought you were going, but also the way that the message you think you're ultimately receiving, ends up not being the message at all.

While I think it's important to never discount the miracle of "true love" (I am, after all, a die-hard romantic), I love that this work points out that self-love must exist prior to the success of any other type of love we may pursue, whether romantic or familial. To many, this may seem an obvious message, but considering the demographic for this book, I think it's still an important one.

At the risk of repeating others, this is not a "sweetness and light" Cinderella story; it is dark and permeating, but the reader comes out the other side having had a very unexpected adventure, which, frankly, is what I think reading is all about. Give it a try...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your Cinderella story July 16, 2012
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Cinderella is not happy. After four years of marriage, her happily ever after has failed. The Prince is a drunk and womanizer. The independence she wished for doesn't match her dreams. The castle is much larger than their humble home and the chores leave her eyes red rather than her hands, but it is still a prison. She tells her tale through her personal journal to her fairy godmother. Magic exists. It brought her from a life of servitude to the Prince, and now she begs her help to escape. As Cinderella's days fall further into despair, her fairy godmother finally answers, but other troubles keep her away. Unhappy, Cinderella goes to the Queen, the true power in their kingdom and requests she be allowed to visit Paris.

The Queen agrees, but on one condition. She must meet with the witch, take her potions, and bear an heir to the crown. She agrees to everything, but can she go through with her promise for the fairy godmother warns her that the queen and the witch mean trickery? Do they really mean her harm rather than just allowing her to disavow the marriage?

Cinderella vacations with her best friend and companion, Clarissa. At Josephine's luxurious mansion, she meets Henri. This is true love. How can she convince the royal family to let her go? Especially when they learn the potions are not necessary. She is pregnant. She has everything to lose. Whom can she trust?

Cinderella's Secret Diary, Book 1 Lost by Ron Vitale is a young adult novel with romance and fantasy elements. It is a stretch of the original storyline and provides the author's interpretation of what happens next. What can possibly go wrong? Although it is well written, I didn't like the storyline.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After the ball is over. February 13, 2012
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This is not my typical reading matter and it took me a while to get into the story, but it truly was worth the effort. The author's imagination takes the reader on a journey spanning continents with royalty, witches and fairies. Cinderella faces tough choices along the way, accompanied by some familiar characters and imaginative and evil new ones. Definitely not a child's fairy tale, but a compelling tale for the mature teens and olderl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue. In spades. September 8, 2013
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Well, it's definitely not Disney. Or Ever After. Or Once Upon A Time. It's definitely creepy and suspenseful. And I enjoyed it, it's just, well, I don't think I've ever read a book where I didn't like ANY of the characters. I mean, I understand they are "flawed", but I was left feeling...disturbed. And maybe that was the point.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story. I am going to have to read the next one.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't for me, but you decide
I've waited a while to write a review for this book, and then I couldn't decide if I wanted to give it two or three stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DLM
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Lost to Be Found
We all know the story of Cinderella. But we rarely think about what happens after "and they lived happily ever after." Is it really happy? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
A unique spin on the classic tale. I found this book extremely addictive and impossible to put down. If you love fairy tales, you simply must read this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Brantley
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinder who
The author gives an idea of what may have been Cinderella life. Maybe fairy tales do have unhappy endings. A different idea to happily ever after
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Hudak
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella is a strong independent woman who don't need no man
I was expecting cheesiness from LOST, to be perfectly honest--something like the numerous paranormal romances that have become so popular--but Vitale really delivered with this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Saya Leland
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost
This book just doesn't make sense. Why would a fairy godmother whisk Cinderella away from one horrible life wirh her stepmother only to replace it with an equally horrible life as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LMN11
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
Who would guess the end of this fairytale....
I loved cinderela,now,after i read this book.
She is a strong woman,not a girl waiting for a prince to save her.
Published 2 months ago by Despoina
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Disappointment
I was caught up in the moment of "fairy tales beyond the happy-ever-after" and was wooed to a point, but then I was lost! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Perfectly Blessed
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost: Cinderella's Secret Diaries
I like the different take on one of the most well known fairy tale. I like it but while reading it, it sounds like things were just thrown in to add some credibility and story line... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teran411
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Ron Vitale was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, C. S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman, he began writing at an early age, creating short fiction for his classmates.

In the fall of 2008, he published his fantasy novel Dorothea's Song as an audiobook on Podiobooks and for sale in the Amazon.com Kindle store, and in 2011 he published Lost, the first book in the Cinderella's Secret Diaries series, in 2012 the second book in the series, Stolen, was published and in 2014 the third book in the series, Found: Cinderella's Secret Diaries, was released.

Currently, he is keeping himself busy by writing his blog, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next book.

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