Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dress is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dress, life gets complicated.
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.
After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review, I worried about the romance because that's not my cup of tea. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to skim through pages of wishy-washy crushing. The romance is there but it's the romance of the Cinderella tale that inspired this book and I wound up liking the way the romance unfolded.
The story takes off slowly but it didn't bother me because the story had a comfy feel to it - something I'd read on a rainy afternoon. On the flip side, this book definitely promises WWII and war implies action. The story reads more like a peek into a normal teenage white girl's life during the 1940s (except a normal girl would probably think about the war more). I expected more information about WWII but the war remains vague and in the background, affecting Kate, the main character, by influencing her interactions with other characters who slip off-stage to deal with the war.
I love psychobilly so I enjoyed the references to old slang that I frequently use. I also loved the introduction to Polish words with pronunciations and definitions included even though I have no desire, reason, ability to learn Polish.
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