|Visit the Tour Page|
Ella's Will by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Fairy-Tale Retelling
Book Description: Will Hawkins is just a simple stable boy. How can he 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.
My thoughts: I love a good fairy-tale retelling. Stories of Cinderella have been a favorite. I was not disappointed in this rendition of the classic.
This story is told from the point of view of one of Ella's friends, Will. He remembers her father and what life was like before his death. He is astonished when he sees Ella plucking chicken without shoes on her feet. He needs to know what happened to her and her situation,
This begins a friendship and admiration. He wants and needs to make life better for her, even if it is getting her to the royal ball.
I loved the point of view of the book. Will is refreshing. He truly cares for Ella and wants what is best for her. The book is told through the eyes of compassion and admiration. Will is a remarkable character that you can't help but hope that he gets the desire of his heart. Who cares about the ending of the classic, oh wait, this is a retelling with a twist. There is hope! :)
This is a wonderful book for anyone of any age who loves a story of beautiful maiden hoping that her Prince or Knight-in-Shining armor will come. The part that is even better for romantics and forward thinking women is that Ella is a strong character who doesn't feel downtrodden, but like she is the hero saving the day (or family as the case may be).
This book is a companion to Ella, a book that I really want to read. I have purchase a kindle copy, I just haven't had time to read it yet. When I mentioned that to Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee, she wanted an opinion of this book without having read the first. I want to read "Ella" more now than I did before!
Read either book first. It is the same basic story told from different points-of-view.
About the Author: Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She loved taking creative writing classes, and was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. She also studied French and the humanities. Jessilyn grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with her husband and five boys.
Visit the Tour Stops:
September 12: Crossroad Reviews
September 13: Cami Checketts | Geo Librarian | My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
September 14: Hardcover Feedback
September 15: Getting Your Read On
September 16: Live to Read | Reidhead Random-ness
September 17: Singing Librarian Books
September 18: The Power of Words
September 19: Bookworm Lisa
September 20: Diane Strinham Tolley | Two Kids and Tired Books
September 21: Preparedness Mama
September 22: Utahtopia | Rockin’ Book Reviews
September 23: Mel’s Shelves
September 24: Blog Critics
September 25: Blooming with Books
September 26: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
September 27: Bookworm 2 Bookworm | Inklings and Notions
September 28: Reading for Sanity | Literary Time Out
September 29: Kindle & Me | Making Life a Bliss Complete
September 30: My Book a Day | Wishful Endings