65 pages / 12,649 words
Cinderella made a vow to her mother, before her mother tragically passed away on midwinter's day. Ella had sworn to watch over her father and care for him. But then her father had married anew. Her stepmother and two stepsisters took sharp delight in causing Ella grief from morn to eve. They bullied her, called her Cinderella, and treated her as little more than a slave in her own home. It took all of Ella's courage to swallow the insults and to honor her word.
Now the crown prince had returned home from the battlefront, and a ball was announced to celebrate his arrival. All eligible young women from the entire kingdom were invited to attend.
Ella had but one desire left. To see the king's gardens one last time before she fled home. It would be a final way to commemorate her beloved mother before considering her vow's terms to be complete.
She had no idea what waited her on that arched stone bridge ...
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Cinderella - A Retelling with Strength and Courage is Book 1 of a gently cliff-hangered short story series. The series honors the original intention of the Grimm Fairy Tales - to present women of strength and courage tackling challenges which seemed insurmountable. With each new book a new heroine is interwoven into the story. The series sequence leads up to a happily ever after ending. The series is clean romance and is suitable for teens and up.
Half of all author's proceeds benefit battered women's shelters.
I publish my books one at a time to get feedback and suggestions as I go. If you prefer to read your stories complete, you are welcome to wait until the sequence is complete and then buy the box set. Either way, you support the cause!
I have been working on these stories for many years. As fairy tales are so integral to so many young girls' lives, it was critical for me to do my very best to present each heroine in a way which honored her strength and showcased her ability to stand on her own. I feel strongly that no woman should ever sit around waiting for a man to "rescue" them. They should not endure abusive behavior in the hopes that a man will change or magically become that prince.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was fine, not great but fine. Abrupt stop. No ending. Ehe. That's about all I can say. Not really dissappointed. Skipped a lot anyways.
It sucked. No ending
It was OK but I had no idea that it would quit in the middle of the story. It's beyond having a cliff hanger since it just leaves you totally hanging and no place to go.
I love Lisa Shea's writing - I've been following her since the early days, devouring her 14 book series The Sword of Glastonbury (Start with "Knowing Yourself". link here, if this thing works right: Knowing Yourself - A Medieval Romance), then moving on to her other series and waiting anxiously for each to arrive. She's a prodigious writer so I suppose I'm just spoiled (anyone else waiting for GRRMartin's latest Game of Thrones book?). This series (Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty, so far) delves into the popular stories we all grew up with. This time, though, Lisa Shea explores them in a new light. You know what I mean, if you know her style already, and if you don't, you're in for a treat!