Book Review

‘Swept Away’ by Vanessa Riley

sa vrSTORY: Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming, wants what she wants. Today, it’s a fine pair of lacy slippers crafted by the renowned Ella’s Establishment. To be picture perfect for her presentation to the queen, Charlotte will survive crashed ceilings and falling bricks. Yet, has she met her match in the conservative merchant, whose autumn-colored eyes make her pulse race, especially when he says no?

Caught between the glittering world of the ton and the respectable profession of selling shoes, Edwin Cinder can’t understand the lady’s persistence or the fire lighting her blue eyes when she’s challenged. With his lack of pedigree, there’s no chance for this common God-fearing man to win her hand, but he’ll risk all to save the duchess from the ravages of a London gale.

Swept Away is a Regency retelling of Cinderella with a twist.

REVIEW: London, March 1818

Charlotte Downing, the newly named Duchess of Charming, is totally caught up in her coming-out plans.  She is busy gathering lovely clothes and is thrilled to find the perfect pair of shoes to match her gown that she plans to wear when she is presented to the Queen.  She found these gorgeous shoes in the Ella Store.  They are housed in a clear glass case.  However, when she tries to purchase the shoes, she is informed that they are not for sale.  Furious, she and her companion, Mercy Goodman, are forced to leave the store as a big storm is approaching.

Edwin Cinder is the owner of Ella Store carrying on the legacy of shoe making passed on to him from his father.  The store is named after his mother.  He is also the stepson of Lord Rundle, his late mother’s second husband.  His step brothers constantly chastise him for actually working in trade while they lounge in society.  However, Edwin is happy with what he does and feels quite blessed with his life.

As it happens, Edwin passes Charlotte and her companion in the street just as the storm strikes and saves them from harm by a falling sign.  Unfortunately, the sign hits him and he is knocked unconscious.  Charlotte gets him help and back in his stepfather’s home and he is most grateful.  Later that evening, he is forced to attend a soiree at Lord Rundle’s home and Charlotte appears as a guest.  As they are properly introduced to one another, they find a commonality between them.  However, the storm is not over and what happens next is horrendous.  Will they be able to survive the destruction of this storm?

This is a cleverly written book loosely based on the story of Cinderella.  I believe that readers will enjoy it.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author


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