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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2012
This is a very enjoyable, pacy novel,with a regency setting, with a hero and heroine to love. Lucy Sinclair, the Cinderella figure in this story, is intelligent and brave and the best of company, but without material fortune. She is plagued with a silly stepmother and a vain and materialistic younger stepsister, whose fortune makes her prey to the wicked nobleman Lord Sneyd, and leads both sisters into danger. The handsome and courageous hero, the Viscount Devlyn, finds in Lucy his perfect match, her wit and intelligence proving a foil for his own. How they navigate misunderstanding and danger to find one another drives on this very agreeable historical romance, which has Elizabeth Hanbury's trademarks of wonderful period detail and the atmosphere and language to match.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2012
A lovely, heartwarming story with a refreshingly realistic heroine and a dashing hero. I rooted for the two of them to get together all the way through. Would recomend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2012
Cinderella is one of my favourite fairy-tales. Who could resist a rags to riches story? Perhaps that's its time-less appeal. In this enchanting but not too obvious re-working, Ms Hanbury works her usual magic. It's touching, funny, witty and romantic. Who could resist a chat up line like this?

'But enough of newts, let us discuss moral decline instead.'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
This has been on my 'to read' list for a while, and regency romances are a delightful way to de-stress from the trials of life.

So it was one that I put off for a while, given I had already read Miss Hanbury's A Bright Particular Star and A Midsummer Eve at Rookery End.

I can honestly say that I don't know anyone who wouldn't like these stories. Comparisons are made to Georgette Heyer, who admittedly I have not read, but I think you have to get into the writer's mind - as a reader - in order to fully appreciate things.

This tale is told with Miss Hanbury's trademark wit and style. Given that I really loved the first two books of the author, how would this stand up?

The story centres around two sisters, Lucy and Belinda. Belinda is the gorgeous one who all men fawn after, whilst Lucy, no slouch herself, appears to play second fiddle to her sister all too often. Here's where, for me, the stories are sometimes better than Jane Austen (who I adore but she introduces too many sisters on occasion). That may seem a big ask...but there's nothing wrong being compared to the great authors.

Lord Sneyd is a particular great villian, and sometimes lacking in other stories of their ilk. So it was great to see him take up a lot of the story. That is not to say it lagged when he was not around. You kind of still root for Belinda even though she clearly loves herself. It's easy to get behind Lucy and wish only the best for her, and although I kind of predicted how things might end, it did not stop me enjoying this thoroughly entertaining read.

As for the original Cinderella story, and Disney's interpretation, who didn't love that? This is an enjoyable read, especially in these wintry days. Loved it, and made me want to take off to the home counties today....except I don't have to, and you won't...read this and you'll simply be transported to another world.

I have longed to go horse riding. With this, and A Bright Particular Star as motivation, I might just do that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
Light entertainment with historical background .
Plenty of twists and turns set in the regency period with fashion and behaviour of the age.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2012
I continue to be impressed at the quality of the writing demonstrated by Elizabeth Hanbury. Her characters are lively and refreshing and she weaves a story that keeps you intrigued. Her knowledge of the period and how she incorporates this into the plot is outstanding.You are transported back in time,an observer in the ballroom watching the characters and the plot unfold, completely drawn in by creativity of the writer. Can't recommend this book highly enough and equally can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2015
I did enjoy this book. I liked the humour in it. I will look for more books by this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Elizabeth Hanbury's Regency romances are delightful and this is no exception. The characters are likeable and the situations believable. My only complaint about the book is that it finished far too quickly, I wanted more of Lucy and Develyn!

There are shades of Georgette Heyer in Hanbury's writing, and that is meant as the highest compliment. I am no eager to go back and re-read her other books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
I found this book easy-going and straightforward.

Lucy Sinclair is a lovely girl, burdened with an immature step-sister and equally infuriating step-mother. Having once caught sight of Lord Devlyn 5 years ago, she finally meets with him near her home in Hampshire. She believes that Lord Devlyn came to Hampshire to "view" her step-sister Belinda, a renowned beauty and heiress. Unknown to her, Lord Devlyn was actually appeasing his godmother's request for him to meet Lucy, as a potential wife. They spend the season together in London where Belinda is a hit. Belinda vies for Lord Devlyn's proposal. Belinda is also friendly with Lord Sneyd, a fortune-hunter.

I liked this story as it was rather straightforward and rather early on, we find out who falls in love with whom. There are no twisted and complicated plots. There is drama but nothing overly done.

There were some minor errors in the book but the only ambiguity is that I thought that one had to be presented at court before starting the London season (or a debut). Then only after presentation, are you allowed to attend Almacks, if invited. And definitely, that permission to dance the waltz HAS to be granted by any one of the hostesses of Almacks.

Overall, an easy and enjoyable read. This was my first book by this author and I will look into her other books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2014
I enjoyed this story. A typical regency romance, well written, with interesting characters. Lucy and Alex are a lovely heroine and hero. I have never read this author before but I will in future.
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