- File Size: 1896 KB
- Print Length: 578 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kathy L Wheeler; I edition (November 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EFYYU94
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cinderella Series ~ the collection Kindle Edition
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<i>The Wronged Princess</i> – Book 1 – 2.8 stars
This is yet another retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale, and I was interested to see what Kae Elle Wheeler would do with it. In this version, we pick up the story the morning after the ball. From references in the narrative, it appears that the ball in this instance somewhat resembled the Rogers & Hammerstein musical version of the Ball, citing the words of the waltz from that musical (“Ten minutes ago I met you…” etc.). But now the stepmother and stepsisters are coming home…
In this version, the complications are introduced by the Queen (Prince Charming’s mother) and the fairy godmother, who is also the Queen’s twin sister. At least in this book, the fairy godmother appears to be deceased and appears as a ghost. In the later books, it is less clear whether she is meant to be deceased or not. At any rate, when Prince decides to seek his mysterious Princess by means of trying the glass slipper she left behind on every girl in the kingdom until he finds one who fits it, the Queen and her sister agree that this indicates a lack of foresight on his part, and plan a practical joke on him to teach him a lesson.
Accordingly, when Prince comes to Cinderella’s house, he first tries the slipper on the oldest stepsister, Priscilla. Naturally, it is much too small for her. But when he tries it on the younger stepsister, Esmeralda, it fits! The shoe never makes it to Cinderella’s foot. Prince is pretty sure Esmeralda, who suffers from an affliction that causes her to bat her eyes wildly whenever she is nervous, is <u>not</u> his princess, but he has promised, so all three girls and the stepmother are brought to the castle while the wedding is being prepared.
The main thrust of the story is how the three girls, who have been at each other’s throats since the death of Cinderella’s father, come to relate to each other as sisters once more. Oh, and by the way, Prince eventually figures out who his true princess is.
<i>The Unlikely Heroine</i> – Book 2 – 3.5 stars
This one is a great story – too bad about the grammar problems, which continue.
Priscilla, the oldest stepsister, has been appointed by Prince as his Land Agent, and she has uncovered some discrepancies in the accounts. When she goes to visit the tenant with the discrepancies, she lands herself and Sir Arnauld, Prince’s cousin, who has followed her to be sure she isn’t hurt, in the middle of a dangerous adventure.
Meanwhile, Cinderella is about to give birth to the kingdom’s heir.
This story is at least as much action-adventure as it is a romance.
<i>The Surprising Enchantress</i> - Book 3 – 3.2 stars
This book features the other stepsister, Esmeralda.
She overhears Visconte Alessandro de Lecce, the Italian nobleman (or is he Spanish?) who, with his father and brother has been repeatedly visiting Chalmers Castle since Esmeralda and her sisters first came there years ago, telling his father that he refuses to marry a girl who’s batting eyes were “enough to create an avalanche in these Pyrenees Mountains”. Esmeralda thinks this is enough to cure her of the crush she has always had on him, but evidently not. And Alessandro soon discovers he has reason to regret he ever said such a thing.
But along with the romantic confusions, a plot comes to light involving taking over the kingdom of Chalmers and kidnapping Prince and Cinderella’s young son, Edric. And, unlikely as it seems, Alessandro’s father seems to be behind it. And it falls to Esmeralda and Alessandro to foil the plot and try to protect young Edric. Edric, at this time about four years old, is a darling character. Obviously, when he grows up he will be as much a Prince Charming as his father.
I love how Wheeler shows how the sisters all grow to love each other and how they each find their own heart's content (sorry not meaning to sound corny). They each find adventure with a little romance and magic. I will definitely keep this to re-read on nights when I need a pick me up.