Review by Poo Penny
Definitely some spoilers.
Well, who doesn’t love a Cinderella retelling? Especially in the regency era! OK, I don’t know, this is the first one in this setting that I have really read. And there is no prince, just a prince charming. Well, he wasn’t always charming, but most of the time he was alright.
Sophie, our girl here, is interesting. She meets her prince charming, Benedict Bridgerton, who has the most horrible name! I will refer to him as Number 2. They meet at his mother’s masked ball. She has 2 hours to have fun, and then she must gtfo! Ya know, because the stepmom and sisters are there and midnight is the unmasking. Anyways, she makes an escape, but she leaves behind a glove that has her grandmothers initials on them, and, a family crest. Should make finding her easy right? Guess not.
She got left at the evil step mom’s house, and she forges her own way. She works hard, puts up with some trash, and oh my, is she rescued by her prince charming again? Why, yes! Then he insists on taking her with him, and he will find her a position in his mother’s house. Well… I think you can assume the rest of the story from here. Maybe not.
Mother Bridgerton happens to live next door to…. The evil step mom! Yay! It does take some time before anyone sees Sophie, so she doesn’t make her escape right away. And when she does, she runs into her step mom who accuses her of theft, and has Sophie thrown in jail! Or a dungeon jail thing that they had back in the day. Whatever. And, bum bum bum!!! Who comes to her rescue! You guessed it! Number 2, his mother, and one of her step sisters. OK, now you can guess the rest of the story.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball—or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.
Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?