I very much enjoyed reading this book. All of the things that bothered me about the fairly tale since my youth were addressed in this version. The characters were totally believable and I could relate to each one of them, even the mean ones. These were real people working through problems just like everyone does. The author did such a good job of showing how Ella made mistakes but kept moving forward. She learned things about herself and she took responsibility for her life and how she wanted it to be. She made a conscious decision to choose love, mercy, and kindness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as an adult, but I would not hesitate to recommend this book to children and teens. The book is wonderfully entertaining and portrays main characters that are inspiring role models. --Amazon
Ella is a girl with a quiet strength and limitless kindness with a awe inspiring determination to live but is also a girl with faults such as having feelings of unworthiness, self-doubt and confusion and moments of anger and quiet despair.Yet, she overcomes any difficulties with forgiveness and hard work, not expecting someone to come rescue her from her problems but overcoming these problems with her cleverness, resourcefulness and hard work ethic. And her choices lead to a very surprising though not unexpected fairy tale end! Ella's story is the most human Cinderella story I have ever read and one many girls and women should read and learn from! --Amazon
This story touches on many subjects; tragedy, trauma and abuse, keeping/disclosing family secrets, recognizing signs of abuse, the effects of chronic stress, taking steps to recovery, forgiveness, valuing people and relationships, the difference between real love and superficial attraction (including love in many forms -- not just romantic love), all covered lightly enough to be appropriate for a tween, yet just deeply enough to be satisfying to an adult. Ella even employs some nice critical thinking skills -- imagine! --Amazon
About the Author
JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She loved taking Creative Writing classes, and was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. She also studied French and the Humanities. Jessilyn grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Saratoga Springs, Utah with her husband and five boys. You can find out more about her and her books at jessilynstewartpeaslee.com.