Sunday, October 19, 2014

Aloha to Vanessa Riley and SWEPT AWAY - Book Review and Giveaway


Vanessa Riley is celebrating the release of SWEPT AWAY ...

Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming, wants what she wants. Today, it's a fine pair of lacy slippers crafted by the renowned Ella's Establishment. To be picture perfect for her presentation to the queen, Charlotte will survive crashed ceilings and falling bricks. Yet, has she met her match in the conservative merchant, whose autumn-colored eyes make her pulse race, especially when he says no?

Caught between the glittering world of the ton and the respectable profession of selling shoes, Edwin Cinder can't understand the lady's persistence or the fire lighting her blue eyes when she's challenged. With his lack of pedigree, there's no chance for this common God-fearing man to win her hand, but he'll risk all to save the duchess from the ravages of a London gale.

Swept Away is a Regency retelling of Cinderella with a twist.

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. - Anne Bronte

It is a strong wind that inspires Edwin Cinder to react to a creaking sign hanging over Charlotte Downing, the Duchess of Charming.  She mistakes him for an aristocratic son when he is, in fact, a shoe merchant whose mother married an earl.  In turn, he mistakes her as the companion.   Edwin and Charlotte meet again at the Earl's soiree where they realize the status of the other.   Although they walk away, fate brings them back together.

Riley delivers an innovative mashup of the Cinderella story.   The Regency version of this fairy tale is sprinkled with purpose - the hero and heroine seek to make a difference in their respective societies.   I commend Riley for adding faith into the story that is a natural progression of the plot.  I also appreciate that the characters are not perfect, giving them room to emotionally grow in SWEPT AWAY.    

Recommended reading for fans of lighthearted Regency romance.

I received a print copy from the author for an honest review.

I am giving away a print copy of SWEPT AWAY to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your favorite fairy tale.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 19.


Kim in Baltimore 
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. I do love BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Something rather special about this one. Inner beauty and all that.

  2. I enjoy Snow White and I also like The little Mermaid

  3. The little mermaid, but the original. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite but also The Wild Swans stuck with me.

  5. Beauty and the Beast for me, too.

  6. Beauty and the Beast, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are two particular favorites of mine.

  7. I like Cinderella and Snow White.

  8. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale.