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Ella ~ Review

By Jessilyn Stewart 

        The shoe fits...
                       but she may not 
                                          want it back

Her father's death changed everything, and her most precious treasure is her one hope for the future.  But Ella's step-mother seems determined to discover Ella's secret and to crush her into submission.

For 10 years Ella has served in her own home.  Watching it slowly fall into disrepair as the furniture is sold off to purchase clothing for her step-mother and step-sisters.

Through it all Ella has one true friend who sees her life for what it truly is and not the illusion her step-mother has created.  Will knew and loved Ella's father almost as much as she had.  But Will cannot rescue Ella from the life she finds herself now living, a life she wasn't born into.

When Prince Kenton announces a ball that will secure his future queen all the young women are excited with the prospect of being chosen.  Ella has no such hopes, but Will is convinced that this is Ella's chance.

Can a young woman, who has spent the last 10 years living as a poor peasant in her own home ever become queen?

This is Ella's story - a story of true love.  A story that depends not on magic but on one's own character and determination.  This is a truly lovely story and a masterful twist on Cinderella. Not everyone has a fairy godmother...

If you want a clean romance you will love Ella.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.

About the Book:

Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape—until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that’s better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won’t be able to put down.

About the Author:

Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee was born the fourth of seven children to a family of avid readers, movie quoters, and sports fanatics. She graduated with a degree in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She is a mother of five rambunctious, adorable boys and while you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should be.