Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanora is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
Again, I've been lucky lately. I've read quite a few fantastic books in a row (with the exception of one or two books). This one was not a disappointment, which was nice since I had it on hold at the library for ages. As much as I loved Princess of the Midnight Ball, I loved this one even more. It was a much faster read. I loved the author's reinvention of the classic Cinderella story. There are no evil stepmothers or sisters. Only people who want to help. Eleanora (aka Ellen aka Lady Ella) who was once in High Society, has been reduced to a maid. She is disgruntled and seemingly vengeful as she destroys almost everything she touches. When a "godmother" seeks her out and promises to make her life better, Eleanora jumps at the chance to be a "Lady". Soon everyone but Poppy and two others have fallen under Lady Ella's enchantment and it's up to them to save Ella from a terrible fate.
I loved Poppy in this book. She has so much spirit and after reading about her and her sisters, it was fun "getting to know her better". Although this book is a completely different story, if you haven't read Princess of the Midnight Ball, I would recommend it before reading this. It makes quite a few references to it that may not be understood otherwise.
I loved almost all the characters in this book. I thought they were all well developed and gave so much more life to the story with all their different personalities. It made me laugh to read about all their varying reactions to the enchantment too. :)
Another great book from Jessica Day George. :) Happy Reading!