Gisela doesn’t let herself care about anything. Her step mother and step sisters treat her like a common house slave, even though she is not. Her clothes look worse than that of a peasants and she has no prospects for a better life. After her father died when she was seven, she stopped allowing herself to love and feel. Only in a few stolen moments with her beloved horse Kelob, does she allow herself a moment of freedom. One day at the market she meets the Duke’s handsome son Valton, who automatically awakens a desire in her. When he invites her to the tournament, she declines knowing that she will never be able to attend with her stepmother’s permission. However, sometimes love has the power to change our hearts, and make us braver and stronger than we ever imagined we could be.
I was very excited to read this book since it was a retelling of Cinderella. This book is the fourth in a series, but it can easily stand alone. I have not read the other three, but I was not lost at all. After two chapters, I started to get the familiar story droll. I loved Cinderella but I was worried that it would just be the same story again. Melanie Dickerson surprised me though, giving the story a brand new spin that was still loyal to Cinderella while keeping the reader interested. I was immediately sucked back in at chapter four seeing the new direction and loved it. I loved watching Gisela and Valton learn about how to love one another through the various obstacles that keep getting hurled at them. I also loved the fact that the author had a Christian influence in the story. When things were the hardest Gisela and Valton stopped relying on themselves and started to rely on God to help pull them out of a hard place.
I absolutely loved this retelling of Cinderella and I am already itching to get my hands on the previous three books. I definitely recommend reading this book to everyone who loves fairytales. You won’t be disappointed.
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.