In the delightful follow-up to Princess of the Midnight Ball, Jessica Day George puts an enchanting spin on the beloved fairy tale of Cinderella. Princess of Glass features one of the twins first introduced to readers in Princess of the Midnight Ball.
To strengthen the ties between the various kingdoms, the young royals must travel and visit other lands in hopes of making a fruitful match. Poppy, who has never been apart from her twin sister Daisy, is homesick while in the land of Breton. She quickly makes friends with the kindly, spoiled princess Marianne and several of the visiting princes. Rumors about Poppy and her sisters nearly prevented the Dane prince, Christian, from being allowed to leave his kingdom. Upon introduction, Christian is drawn to Poppy and her eccentricities. In turn, Poppy finds herself warming to prince Christian. However, she is not the only lady in Breton to have her hopes set on Christian’s love.
Eleanor, once the daughter of an earl, has no family left nor any hope of living the lavish life she once had. Now working as a maid in Breton, Eleanor is simply known as Ellen. Having already been fired from one station for her ineptitude, Ellen needs this position to survive. Just as all seems hopeless, Ellen meets her fairy godmother, who dresses her in beautiful gowns and jewels for the kingdom’s balls. Everyone in Society is quite taken with Lady Eleanor, including Christian. Only Poppy and Robert, an old acquaintance of Eleanor’s, seem to [amazonify]1599904780[/amazonify]see through her magical guise. It is up to Poppy, who is no stranger to bargains struck with practitioners of dark magic, to save both Eleanor and Christian from the curse –even if it means once again picking up the dancing shoes she retired three years ago.
Cinderella is probably the most retold fairy tale there is, yet I never tire of discovering it all over again in exciting new words and magical settings. Princess of Glass is hands down my new favorite! It is familiar, but at the same time a new fairy tale to enjoy altogether. I loved the blooming romance between all three of the main couples: Eleanor and Robert, Christian and Poppy, and Marianne and Dickon. It’s fairly obvious who will end up with whom, but the fun of it is how they all get there. This is definitely a “must read” for anyone who loves fairy tales and happily ever afters.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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