In a war-torn world, one girl must deal with the absence of her father and brother (both sent to battle), a handsome boy who makes her giggle on sight, fighting the sexist nature of the 1940s to secure her spot as a department store window dresser, and a centuries old duty to guard none other than the Cinderella's dress. After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
- Paperback | 340 pages
- 137.16 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
- 26 Jun 2014
- Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Entangled Teen
- Fort Collins, United States
About Shonna Slayton
Shonna Slayton finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teens today. While writing "Cinderella's Dress" she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona."
Our customer reviews
Firstly, as always, I need to thank the publishers (Entangled Publishing LLC), Shonna Slayton, and Netgalley for allowing me early access to this book in exchange for a review. I was first drawn to this book because of the beautiful, beautiful cover. I mean look at that beauty! An oddly fitting start to this review considering it is focusing around Cinderella. As the goodreads description tells you, this book is based in America and spans across the duration of World War Two (so it actually covers for about 5 years) and it follows a 17 year old girl named Kate, who is being pushed towards being a model by her mother, despite wanting to be a window dresser for department stores instead. Until one night, her Polish relatives turn up on the doorstep with a certain antique heirloom and a bizarre family tradition following them. This book was better than I anticipated. Which sounds quite harsh but actually, itÃ¢??s a really good thing. IÃ¢??m not going to say the book is perfect, because it certainly isnÃ¢??t. One of my first issues was to do with the pacing. Often you had no idea how much time had passed between scenes, you just had to guess, which got a bit much when you suddenly had jumped ahead by a year or two. Continuity being another issue, but only really in the beginning of the book. One minute Kate has somehow guessed the dress belonged to Cinderella and the next she has no idea for the next chapter who the dress belonged to- whut. And of course, the ever popular insta-love. Which is quite strong and annoying in the beginning. This is where it gets a little tricky. While it was good that the author took the time to have the characters write letters to each other, which also showed a span of time and allowed the characters to grow legitimately closer in their relationship (so the insta-love didnÃ¢??t bother me much after that because it had developed well over the time), this element took the reader away from the main story. The main story in this book was not the romance between Kate and Johnny, but about Kate protecting the family tradition and securing the dress away from the stepsisterÃ¢??s descendents. But instead, for a good 20% of the middle of the book, all we hear is Johnny this and Johnny that. That being said, I did enjoy this book. It was a believable historical fiction/world war 2 environment. I enjoyed reading the characters and I even enjoyed seeing the relationship between Kate and Johnny grow (when do I ever say that about insta-love?!) I would recommend this to readers who enjoy historical fiction or fairytale re-tellings. For more of my reviews, please visit thebookheap http://thebookheap.wordpress.comshow moreby Andrea Thompson