Wednesday, September 18, 2019

REVIEWED: If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake

Rating: 3.5

Title: If the Slipper Fits
Author: Olivia Drake
Series: A Cinderella Sisterhood
Issue: 1

A super loose retelling of Cinderella in the historical romance setting. And I can say that it's a stretch to a retelling so you should just ignore that.

The story starts with an orphaned teacher, Annabelle Quinn at a girl's school hearing about a prominent society lady coming to interview teacher's for a governess position. Not only that but it was governess to a young duke. A position all teachers desire to have. Realizing it was her only chance to get out of her terrible situation she pushes forward to the interview even with everyone in the school.

Lord Simon Westbury has the shock of his life finding a beautiful trespasser on his land one night claiming to be his nephew's new governess. He takes it as a ruse but something about the beautiful Annabelle fascinates and irritates him at the same time. When it turns out that it wasn't a mistake but an annoying interference he allows her to stay on trial basis.

Now they need to learn to coexist and keep their attraction under control.

This book is better than Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake in my opinion. It at least had good things to offer like the main character not being so stuck up.

I enjoyed the strength in Annabelle. She is human and feels fear but she powers through them like a boss. She was afraid to speak up at the school but she ended up going to the interview even when her co-worker and evil boss stopped her. She stands up against bullies like the duke's tutor. She takes charge and thinks of way around hurdles in her life. It's always fun to see strong females that shows back bones. She shows courage and a heart that is willing to love even when love has been lacking in her life for the longest of times.

Lord Simon can be an ass. He is presumptions from the moment he thinks her a flirt from words that weren't even meant to be that at all. He is also obtuse. He played the self-pity card for the earlier parts of the book. He neglects his duties to his ward refusing to let the kid be part of his life and completely alienating him because of the sin of his parents. It irked me at first but he redeems himself when he opens up and steps down from his high horse. He still does the pity-party but at least he has a good rational woman to back him up.

I wouldn't really consider this a Cinderella retelling because it was far from that even when it's supposed to be a retelling. The story could have benefited if it was marketed not as a Cinderella retelling because you had good characters in your midst. They deserved their own identities to shine. They could have grown this story outside of a mediocre retelling. Still since I had a bit of fun I give it a 3.5.

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  1. I can imagine Lord Simon Westbury's shocked face haha! Some retellings can be good and I am a sucker for Cinderella stories.

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