Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: The Cinderella Debutante by Elizabeth Hanbury


Published: 2012
Length: 155 pages
My Rating: ***--3 Stars

Description: Lucy Sinclair’s London Season was cut short by tragedy. Now, five years later, she is returning but only in the shadow of her lovely step-sister. Belinda is determined to catch a titled husband and Alex, Lord Devlyn fits the bill perfectly.

Lucy finds Alex devastatingly attractive yet knows he will be dazzled by Belinda’s ravishing beauty. Her one chance of love seems lost forever until an unlikely fairy godmother makes Lucy the belle of the ball...

My Review: With a title like this, I expected to see more of a Cinderella comparison to the story, but the beginning was about all I could compare it to--a step mother, a vain step-sister, and a dead father.

Taking place in a time when coming-out balls and the ton are all the rage, I was swept away into the Regency time period. I enjoyed seeing Lucy and Lord Devlyn interact and thought their attraction was sweet. However, I didn't care for the step mother or Belinda, the step-sister, at all. I guess that's how we're supposed to feel about the characters in Cinderella. Belinda's beauty and youth topped that of Lucy's and she was very shallow and vain. The mother was determined to win the best match, no matter the cost--even letting her daughter attend a controversial event. I thought it was a fun escape and sweet romance.

I loved Lord Devlyn's sister--she was quite the condescending character and of course, I loved the ending!

Content: a handful of language; some minimal violence; kissing and the consummation of a marriage without detail.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hanbury writes historical romance with swoonworthy heroes, sparkling heroines and a dash of wit and humour. She lives in a village in the heart of England and writes whenever she can sneak away to her desk. Elizabeth is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novel Society.

She writes for people like her, who just need a little escape from the stresses of daily life.

Visit her web-site at www.elizabethhanbury.com for more information.

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