The perfect Christmas gift can be found under the mistletoe.
Outshone by a gregarious stepsister and overbearing stepmother, Lady Athena Cummins is used to fading into the shadows. Beloved only by her youngest sister, Persephone, Athena has accepted her destiny as a spinster. But Persephone has a different scheme in mind, and conspires to send Athena out for one night of fun at Lord Finchley’s masquerade Christmas Ball. The masked beauty catches the Lord’s eye but, determined to avoid the wrath of her stepsister, Athena leads Lord Finchley on a wild chase to discover her true identity.
©1994 Elaine Sima and Sherrill Bodine (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Buy it on sale...knowing ahead of time that it's only a snippet of a story.... one that needs to bloom into a delightful book. The story here raced through to its conclusion when I wanted to know so much more about these people.
CREDITWORTHY? : Buy it on sale...it's so much less $ than a credit.
HEAT FACTOR : None. Cool and sweet with just two tender kisses...
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Genre: Regency romance
Narration is average. Polly Lee reads somewhat laconically, and male voices seem forced. These problems did take me out of the story a bit, but not enough that I gave up.
This is a retelling of the Cinderella story with, of course, slightly different characters. The "Cinderella" is the plain Jane spinster, Athena, and the step mother and half-sister, Minerva, aren't truly evil, just selfish. The "prince" role is filled by a visiting soldier. The "fairy godmother" is the younger sister, Persephone, a sweetheart thirteen year old girl Athena cares for, as Persephone was crippled by a high fever. The helpers are the cook and coachman.
The oft-told tale of the revelation of beauty hidden beneath the unadorned clothing and retiring manner was well enough done. It holds the listener well enough, even though you'll know what's coming next. My only problem is that there was a feeling of incompleteness in regards to Persephone.
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