Published by Curiosity Quills Press on May 21st 2015
Genres: Steampunk, Romance
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Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.
When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.
Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.
But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.
In ” an Oyster Shell – It was an eclectic read with elements of paranormal and steampunk. It was a creative story indeed. I recommend it.
The Pearls – The author mixed together retelling, with steampunk and paranormal. It was a fantastic melody. It made for an intricate and interesting read. The story was going in different directions at times but you never felt loss. This author had complete command over her story.
The characters were dynamic, full of feeling and life. The Main Character was endearing and made you want to follow her through the whole story. There was a perfect tapestry of supporting characters, that moved the plot line along splendidly.
The ending was better then some Cinderella retellings I’ve read. The ending was concise and complete. The plot and the subplots were nice ended.
The Sand – The ending was better than most Cinderella retellings I’ve read… It still didn’t leave me with a warm fuzzy happy ever after.