Authors: Elisabeth Brown, Emma Clifton, Rachel Heffington, Stephanie Ricker, and Clara Diane Thompson
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from the Goodreads description of Five Glass Slippers:
What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?
Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!
WHAT EYES CAN SEE: Elisabeth Brown
Painfully shy Arella begs her stepmother to let her stay home from the prince’s ball. But kindly Duchess Germaine is determined that her beautiful stepdaughter should be presented at court along with her own two daughters. So, dressed in a gorgeous gown and a pair of heirloom slippers, Arella catches the eye of the crown prince . . . and finds her life suddenly far more complicated than she ever desired.
BROKEN GLASS: Emma Clifton
The slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl! Rosalind never once danced with Prince Marius at the ball, for she is in love with his brother Henry. If only Rosalind and Marius would stop bickering long enough to invent a scheme, perhaps the three of them can find the real mystery lady. But they must work quickly, for dark deeds are afoot, and the kingdom is poised on the brink of disaster.
THE WINDY SIDE OF CARE: Rachel Heffington
Alisandra is determined to have her rights. She knows that she is the king’s secretly dispossessed daughter, the true heir to the throne. Prince Auguste is an imposter, and if she plays her cards right, Alis will prove it to the world! That is, if charming Auguste doesn’t succeed in winning her heart before she gets her chance . . .
A CINDER’S TALE: Stephanie Ricker
It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen’s blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.
THE MOON MASTER’S BALL: Clara Diane Thompson
After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.
I have fallen in love with this Cinderella collection. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I am not a fan of the Disney version of Cinderella. I should have realized that since this collection was headed up by Anne Elisabeth Stengl I would love what I’d find therein. The five leading ladies in this collection are anything but boring, and amazingly, none of the stories are even remotely alike.
What Eyes Can See:
This story put an interesting twist to Cinderella, taking the classic tale and sticking close enough to recognize it, yet standing just enough apart to establish its uniqueness. The characters in this story will surprise and endear, a great opening glass slipper!
Steam carriages, mistaken identities, misplaced love, this Cinderella retelling is not to be missed. The relationships of the characters in this story really stuck out to me. They each had their own faults, and no one was as they seemed.
The Windy Side of Care:
“Finally, like a pair of elegant snails, we came to the throne.” That quote is the essence of this story and the author’s voice. This story was a joy to read, and had me chuckling more than once! From the unlikely love at first sight and the unusual fairy godmother figure, it was all fantastic.
A Cinder’s Tale:
I’m very picky about what sci-fi I’ll read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story. I didn’t need to worry, though. I loved how the writer was able to transport us to a whole new world. When I realized the tie between Disney’s Cinderella and the names the writer used for her story, it made the reading all the more enjoyable. Love, love, loved it!
The Moon Master’s Ball:
This story was the biggest deviation from the original Cinderella. In its own way, though, it was a very good story, and I felt like it was well worth the read. The elements that finally tied in with Cinderella made it all the more enjoyable as I was able to discover how it could be considered a Cinderella retelling. A story of mystery and suspense, The Moon Master’s Ball is a great story to close the Five Glass Slippers collection.
What has been your experience with fairytale retellings? Do you tend to gravitate towards them? Or are they the novels you tend to skip?
About the Authors
To learn more about these fantastic authors, you can visit their respective websites. Elisabeth Brown: http://metaphoricalcello.wordpress.com/ Emma Clifton: http://peppermintandprose.wordpress.com/ Rachel Heffington: http://inkpenauthoress.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Ricker: http://quoththegirl.wordpress.com/ Clara Diane Thompson: http://www.claradianethompson.blogspot.com/
I was given a review copy of Five Glass Slippers from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was under no compulsion to write a favorable review and I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.