My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fairy-Tale Retelling
Book Description: A violent storm. A sleepless night. A test.
Emma Widmore has longed to return to her childhood home since the day she was forced to leave it after her father’s death. Widmore Manor represents every hope Emma has ever had and every person she has ever loved. When she feels drawn back to Widmore Manor on a stormy night, she is granted refuge by the one person she is sure would still know her after all these years. But when James Atwood—heir of Widmore Manor and Emma’s childhood friend—shows nothing but suspicion, Emma’s hope falters. After hearing rumors of a test—a standard—that other young women have failed, Emma worries that she, too, will fail. As Emma seeks to understand this test, she must be reconciled with her past and learn what being home truly means. Readers have fallen in love with this unique and moving regency retelling of The Princess and the Pea. Get your copy today! Find the other books in the series: The Fairest Heart by Heather Chapman, The Midnight Heiress by Ashtyn Newbold, Spun of Gold by Jen Geigle Johnson, Beauty's Rose by Rebecca J. Greenwood, Awake at Widmore Manor by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
My thoughts: This story just made me happy. I felt good and uplifted after reading the last word.
Emma is a wonderful MC. She is positive and happy no matter the circumstances she endures. At the beginning of the story, she is the daughter of a wealthy landowner and then her father dies, leaving his wife and daughters with very little. In every stage of her life, she has a sweet disposition and the ability to see the good.
When her family loses their fortune, her best friend, James, gains his. It is a complete reversal of fortunes that frees her family but binds him. When she hears that her friend is sad and lonely, she wants to see him and help him find the happy boy of their youth.
One of my favorite relationships in the book was between Emma and her nephew. For me, it showed true and complete love. She does everything she can to protect him and keep him warm. The relationship with her sister is also very tender. Love and devotion are found in every socio-economic level. Her sister married an honorable man who struggles to provide food and shelter for his family.
There are many ways to look at this book and find messages that resonate with me. It is a happily-ever-after story that is based loosely on the Princess and the Pea.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE is the author of four fairy tale retellings. Her debut novel, Ella, was awarded the Silver Quill by the League of Utah Writers, and her third novel, Finding Beauty in the Beast, was awarded the Gold Quill, both in YA fiction. She loves encouraging youth in their writing and in achieving their dreams, and has visited schools throughout Utah and surrounding states. Jessilyn graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. She grew up in Southern California in a family of avid readers, music lovers, movie quoters, and sports fans. She now resides in Utah with her amazing, science teaching husband and their five, adorable, rambunctious boys. As you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should be.