Cindy Jones has a lot in common with Cinderella. She is about to acquire a nasty stepmother and two step sisters. Except Cindy believes in being constructive about problems. She takes up cooking so her father won’t be so taken in by anyone’s excellent cooking skills. She finds a more suitable young woman to send roses to under her father’s name.
Except, the nice girl selected as a suitable wife has a fiance. One of the stepsisters isn’t really nasty. Cindy fights with her father and he goes to the end of the year dinner dance without her. Her teacher turns up with a jazz age dance dress that belongs to her mother so she goes to the dinner dance unrecognized. The wedding is averted and Cindy discovers that her teacher is a godmother, if not a fairy one and everyone lives happily ever after.
Review: Cindy Jones is like a modern day retelling of Cinderella. Cindy is used to being the only woman in her father’s life, but suddenly he has decided to marry Mrs. Barry, who isn’t exactly the nicest woman in town.
Through a lot of the book Cindy acts like any normal teenage girl who is used to having her only parent’s attention; a spoiled brat. Although, to be honest, I can totally understand not wanting Constance and Prunella as potential stepsisters – those girls are not nice in the least. Well, that’s not true. Prunella enjoys pets, even though her mother has a ban on them in their own home. Constance, however, almost seems to go out of her way to be mean to Cindy every chance she gets.
Cindy does not enjoy change, something else I can understand. Her beloved, yet completely chaotic home undergoes a transformation as Mrs. Barry hires workers to clean the place up. Unfortunately this means that most of the assorted pets Cindy and her dad have – fish, cats, a goat, tadpoles, turtles – suddenly find themselves displaced.
I enjoyed getting to know Jim, Miss Hopkins, Tom the fisherman – who ends up being more than just a fisherman – Jennifer, and Gretta, the town veterinarian. I absolutely adored Horace the cat, he is such a stinker!
This is a great story for any young woman whose life is about to be turned upside down by a parent’s decision to get remarried. Throughout the book Cindy really learns to accept that things need to change in order for things to get better. With a cast of characters who are largely on her side, though she doesn’t always realize this, Cindy Jones is a feel good story that is bound to delight any young woman from 12 on up.