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Author: Amy Andrews
Publisher: Holiday Books, Tule Publishing
Published: June 29th, 2015
This is a great modern day version of the Cinderella fairy tale by the superb Aussie author Amy Andrews so I just knew I’d love it before I even started to read! As usual with Amy’s stories, it is well written, has a great plot and characters with whom it is easy to empathise and relate.
Like the others in this series, the story concerns four girls who became best friends whilst at boarding school. They are Faith, Dawn, Zelda and Mercedes (better known as Mercy). Together they support each other, together they get into serious bother (getting drunk on stolen communion wine!) that has them punished in a variety of ways that mean they are split up when they are sixteen years old. They do, however, reconnect and each story in this series tells how one of them meets their version of Prince Charming and achieves their ‘lives happily ever after’.
Faith Sullivan was brought up in Brooklyn where her family run a traditional Irish pub called ‘Sully’s’. She went to the boarding school after her mother tragically died and was planning to go to study fine art until her father had a heart attack. She stepped in to keep the pub running and to look after her father but that was years ago. There are no ugly sisters in this story, but she does have four brothers, two of whom are now romantically involved with two of her best friends. This just seems to emphasise her isolation and she’s starting to feel somewhat deflated. Whilst not totally downtrodden, Faith has made choices that leave her at home whilst her brothers can carry on their own lives.
Her three friends have each found their prince but her chance of a happily ever after seems as remote as ever. That is until Mercy sends her friend Raf, a charming, handsome, Aussie ex-surfer who is launching his new ‘Baron lager’ in to see if Sully’s will work with him on this. Rafael Quartermaine is only in town for a month but whilst the weather may be freezing the temperature is certainly rising steeply for Faith and Raf! With her three best friends acting as fairy godmothers, maybe Faith will, like Cinderella, manage to get to the ball and win her own Prince!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too,
for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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