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At 17, Lady Elianna, daughter of the Earl of Berkly, had dreams of her first season, being treated as a lady of prestige, finding a husband, and having a family of her own. But then her father died and a distant cousin assumed the title. Now Lady Elianna no longer existed. She was but a servant to the new 7th Earl of Berkly and his family.
On a trip to London to take Lord Berkly’s daughter, Caroline, shopping for gowns for her coming out, Elianna meets Garrett Tumbly, Viscount Sinclair. They are immediately charmed by one another. But Garrett doesn’t believe in love after his parent’s disaster of a marriage, and Elianna knows she cannot reveal who she really is or it could harm her future. Garrett, a sucker for damsels in distress, is certain that Elianna is not what she appears and needs his help. He attends the Berkly house party and ball, dodging Lady Caroline and her match-making mama, in hopes of learning more about the intriguing Elianna. With the help of her friends, Elianna, who is desperate to at least have one dance with the handsome Lord Sinclair, makes plans to attend the masked ball. But she must leave before midnight or the Berklys may discover her ruse.
This story has all the classic Cinderella elements- the wicked mother, the fairy godmother (or in this case fairy godsisters), an epic makeover, and a Prince Charming. But this retelling is unique. I loved that, unlike in the original story, Garrett met Elianna first as a servant rather than all decked out in princess attire. He didn’t care about her social status but saw beyond that. He knew there was more to her and he was determined to learn all he could about her. I also loved that Elianna was no push over. She stood up to Lady Berkly when she wanted to attend the ball and took matters into her own hands. Rather than her dress being created with a “bippity boppity boo”, she created it herself. And I loved that their attraction wasn’t just love at first sight. Sure, the attraction was immediate but the rest developed as a result of stolen moments talking and flirting, and being themselves.
Ms. Mariel takes a timeless story and writes a perfect, well- orchestrated, and unique retelling. Though part of a series, it can be read as a stand- alone. I, however, am definitely going to be reading the earlier books in the series. I really want to know Rose’s story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this Fabled Love series. I’m hoping Eli’s friend Anna gets her happily ever after. If you, like me, are a fan of fairy tales and historical romance, this series will be a dream come true.
Five years of serving her cousins family and the only person who remembers she is a lady is her dear friend Anna, a maid in the house. While escorting her cousin to London, while walking in the park she meets Lord Sinclair. He is invited to a house party at the family estate.
Being intrigued by Elliana - even though she appears to be nothing but a chaperone - he is sure she is hiding a secret he plans to unravel, he accepts. And from there, Amanda Mariel leads on a dance of love and secrets. While trying to avoid Lady Caroline and find out what he can about Elliana, the party begins.
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
Elianna is already in mourning after the loss of her father. When her distant cousin comes to take over the estate, he will be the one to decide her fate. And the crude man forces Elianna to care for his children and serve his wife as if she were a lady's maid. It's an undeserved punishment for a lady of the ton but Elianna has no choice but to comply. She'll be homeless and penniless otherwise.
When Elianna is pounced on by a dog in the park, she is surprised to find its owner has his eye on her despite her being her cousin's companion. Garrett senses something is amiss about Elianna and he's determined to discover her secret. After a series of meetings between the two, Garrett is no closer to learning about Eli's past. It may take a friendly intervention to bring the truth to light.
This novella was a quick and pleasant read. Be warned that there is a bit of an insta-love feel here. Not necessarily because of the book's length, however. Garrett wants to understand the mystery surrounding Elianna, yet he's pretty adamant that he'll never marry. I thought this was an unnecessary addition to the story because when feelings are suddenly declared, I didn't entirely believe them to be true.
However, I did enjoy the rest of the story. It has a Cinderella vibe with the wicked lady and her rotten daughter. There is even a fairy-godmother, sort of, along with a curfew of midnight. I didn't even realize this would be a theme until it happened but it was a nice surprise.
The characters were likable and the villains despisable. Elianna was in a rough position but handled herself with grace and Garrett's loyalty to her was a nice touch. I haven't read other books in this series but I'm definitely intrigued by the secondary characters we met. I'd like to read their stories, too.
A quick historical romance with a fairy tale twist. Four suns!
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