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Happily Ever After...Or Happily Nevermore?

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten - the boy she has daydreamed about for years - is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have.

To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

©2015 Melanie Dickerson (P)2015 Zondervan

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Amazing!!

I absolutely loved this book! While I accidentally started the series in the middle it has only made me want to go back to the first book to listen to the series in its entirety. The author wrote a splendid retelling of Cinderella with a perfect balance action, adventure, and innocent romance! While parts of the story seemed rushed and cheesy the overall feeling of the story was nothing short of classic fairytale for me. I definitely encourage anyone who enjoys fairytales and romance to give it a shot!

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  • craig
  • Sioux falls, Sd, United States
  • 06-23-17

Captivating

The Captive Maiden held my heart and my breath captive through all of the "Adventures" and subsequent triumphs of the Young Lord and his Fair Maiden.....even caught myself whence at the fervent description of Valten's broken hand.....thank you

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wonderful

a great book that has taken me through a beautiful and exciting experience. the story and character arcs feel meaningful and help me fall in love with the characters.

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Fairytale romance with a real world feel.

I really liked this take on the Cinderella story. Much more plausible and the faith element would be a real thing for people that lived in that time and place. Well written

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  • CJ
  • 07-11-16

Read so fast I could not get through the first 10 minutes.

This story sounds like a great one, but the reader is speaking so quickly it's hard to follow and gives me jitters.

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Love

Story was great as usual from Melanie Dickerson, but this was the best work by narrator Jude Mason I have heard so far.

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  • Mareesa Cunneen
  • 10-11-17

Lacklustre storyline

I have listened to two other Melanie Dickerson audiobooks, this is my least favorite so far. I felt the storyline was less polished, quite amateurish. I was cringing by the last quarter of the book. I will possibly try another of her books, as I like the author’s ideas of retelling fairytales.