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Publisher's Note:

Will Hawkins is just a simple stable boy. How can he ever hope to woo Ella, his once-wealthy childhood friend who is stubbornly independent, especially when his competition is the prince? Without any magic or fairy godmothers, Will must show Ella that he is her true prince charming in this perspective twist of the Cinderella story.…

Ella’s Will

by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Overall Book Review:

Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee is an incredible storyteller. Her re-telling of Cinderella from the point of view of the man who loved her before the prince is beautiful, heart-wrenching, and moving. Peaslee wrote Ella’s Will as a companion book to Ella and while I’ve read books that flip the point of view from the one chapter to the next, I’ve never read two books about the same story from a different point of view. It was a clever and fun way to get to read a fantastic story twice. Ella is impossible to not love and the wicked stepmother and step-sisters are as awful as always. The prince, Will, the head housekeeper–all of them are just perfect. You’ll even love the side stories that are intermingled with Ella and Will’s story. Peaslee found just the right amount of suspense, loyalty, and romance in this elegant tale.

The epilogue gives a little hint to a follow-up story of Beauty and the Beast that will likely be as amazing. I can’t wait! Fairytale fans, you must go out and purchase this book. Now. Also, pick up Ella. Start with that then immediately follow-up with Ella’s Will. I don’t usually read books more than once but these two books will be read again and again.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several (15) brief incidents including characters joking about dying or killing self; playful punch; character looks like he will scratch someone’s eyes out; character is ready to punch another; references to adults dying; reference to character getting whipped; reference to character getting locked in cellar for two days; reference that horse had to be put down; girl faints; man punches another man; character plucks feathers from a chicken.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (31) brief incidents of adults kissing; blowing kisses; holding hands and arm; flirting; dancing; men making lewd comment (no detail given); reference to infidelity; male character holds female character in lap; touching arm, hands, face, waist; husband touches wife’s belly.

Mature Subject Matter:

References to death, second-hand report of gambling, reference to characters starving.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Men smoking; men being drunk; adult characters drinking at parties.

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.