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Seattle Cinderella (Romancing America) by [Sattler, Gail]
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Seattle Cinderella is a sweet, clean, faith-affirming and modern depiction of the Cinderella story, complete with an evil stepmother, a "Farrah" godmother, and two (not ugly) stepsisters. With touches of humor and a quadruple-threat dose of charming princes, this four-for-one novella collection is a convenient tool to pass the time while you're waiting on kids, lines, or appointments – and also serves as an entertaining way to pass a quiet evening at home.
(Serena Chase USA Today's Happy Ever After 2012-03-18)

This book surprised me by being four different stories in one book. I enjoyed the continuation of each story into the next. The first book is the modern day Cinderella story, with the next two books being the tales of step-sister turned friend and all around good person. the final tale is the "fairy godmother" finding her happily ever after. Each book had a good arc of characters, good romance and endings that made me smile. Being broken into four tales made this book easy to read and fun. I'd consider this a great read for all lovers of fairy tales, modern romance and enjoyment!
(Gina Brown Reading Team 2012-02-07)

The four romance stories form a nice collection. The characters are interwoven throughout as the overall story progresses. These are simple romances. There are no complex plots nor deep thinking characters. These are four light stories that will ease your mind. They are well done. Each one can be easily read in an evening, a pleasant couple of hours.
(Joan Nienhuis Book Woman Joan 2012-03-16)

Better than Expected! Each story was a great stand alone. They were quick and easy to read.
(Robin Wallace Love to Read 2013-06-24)

Book Description

Storybook characters come to life in Seattle! Cindy is juggling drudgery, step-sisters, and a charmer’s attentions. Annie is determined to prove she’s reformed. Zella is writing her own romance—or is it a murder mystery? Godmother Farrah thinks it’s too late for love. Is a happily-ever-after in store for one and all?


Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00705A9SQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By bookworm1858 VINE VOICE on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
After seeing the title of this, how could I resist? Cinderella is my favorite fairy-tale and I actively seek out retellings plus I used to live in the Seattle area. What I didn't realize is that this was a collection of four intertwined stories, beginning with Cindy, the retelling of Cinderella, and giving love stories to her two stepsisters and to her godmother. I'm going to talk about each briefly.

Cindy and the Prince: This is the story inspiring the title. Cindy runs her father's mechanic shop but only possesses a half interest which she must share with her cruel stepmother and lazy stepsisters. Luke works across the street and has been trying to win a date with Cindy for about six months.

Love by the Books: This was probably my favorite story, actually. It features Annie and Brent, stepsister to Cindy and business partner to Luke respectively. Brent greatly distrusts Annie after her cruel behavior to Cindy but Annie has undergone a transformation and wants to earn trust as she builds her career as an accountant. When she discovers discrepancies in Brent and Luke's books, most people assume she doesn't know what's talking about but Brent trusts her and helps her unravel what has been going down.

Till Death Do Us Part: Zella is the other stepsister who is trying to avoid her mother's matchmaking attempts by joining a book club. Only it's actually a club for writers of books. Zella reads a lot, especially the work of her favorite author T.J. Zareth. Unbeknownst to her, that is the pen name of her group mate Trevor who wants to court Zella without her knowing his secret identity.

Never Too Late: This last story features Cindy's godmother Farrah who has reached her fiftieth year without marrying after the untimely death of her fiance.
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I really enjoyed this collection of four stories with a Cinderella theme. The book is set in modern day Seattle. In the first story, Cindy finds her prince, Luke Princeton. The happily-ever-afters don't stop there. Her stepsisters, Annie and Zella, who now have a good relationship with Cindy, also get their happy endings. In the last story, Farrah, Cindy's godmother, also finds love. These stories had me smiling and I didn't want to stop reading. Each couple gets engaged and married very fast, and issues are wrapped up quickly, but I was okay with that. Whenever I read a novella I expect that, and read with a different mindset.
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I really enjoyed all four romance stories in this book. I especially enjoyed how the characters were all connected. Each story kept getting better than the last. This was my first book in Romancing America series. I want to read more!
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I enjoyed reading about the different places that were described in the book because I used to live in Seattle and it was almost like visiting there. Especially enjoyed reading about the Space Needle. Would read this author's books again.
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Seattle Cinderella

Gail Sattler

Book Description: A modern Cinderella and her cohorts are enchanted by love in Seattle. Cindy is forced into running her late father's muffler shop and employing horrid step-sisters, Annie and Zella. Can she garner the emotional energy needed to protect her heart against Luke's princely charms? Annie Wilson's past misdeeds have tarnished her reputation. Can she prove to herself and Brent that she's a changed woman? Zella is busy writing her own life story. Will it involve murder or romance? Farrah, Cindy's godmother, has caught a younger man's eye. How long can she deter his advances? Will God make these couples' dreams come true?

Review: Each story was a great stand alone. My biggest problem is that when I think of Cinderella, I am prone to not like the stepsisters. That took some time to deal with the other stories after Cindy. I also struggled at the start to get into the series. But once I did they took off and were enjoyable. I liked the fact that they did not try to gloss over the rocky relationship the girls had. They were quick and easy to read.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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Who doesn't love a re-imagined fairy tale? Just the idea immediately enthralls me. It's always fun to see how many elements of the old favorite an author can parallel without making the whole concept seem hokey. At other times, the connection is so vague you'd never know it was there if someone didn't tell you.

When I heard that one of the Romancing America collections was a set of novellas with a contemporary Cinderella theme, it got my attention. Here's what they said: "Follow the road to the Emerald City where a contemporary Cinderella-esque cast wrestles with life and love. Will their dreams and wishes come true?"

At first blink, following the road to the Emerald City seems like blending the Wizard of Oz into Cinderella, but then I remembered that one of Seattle's nicknames is the Emerald City. Clever!

In this retelling, Cindy inherited a brake and muffler shop from her father, and she spends a lot of time there to stay away from her stepmother and two stepsisters. The stepmother is about as nasty as you'd expect from a retelling, but the author chose to redeem the two stepsisters. Here, let me tell you a bit about each of the novellas.

In "Cindy and the Prince," muffler shop owner Cindy isn't interested in Luke Princeton, the co-owner of a car rental business across the lot. Luke has eyes only for Cindy and is determined to win her love, even though her stepsisters, Annie and Zella, are equally determined to catch his eye instead. Everything comes to a head at Luke's annual business banquet.

The big question: are there glass slippers involved?

In "Love by the Books," Cindy's stepsister Annie is finished her bookkeeping course and has been doing the books for Cindy's muffler shop.
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