Review: If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake

If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake
Series: A Cinderella Sisterhood (# 1)
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 341
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Finally, the new series that fans of Olivia Drake’s Heiress in London novels have been waiting for: The Cinderella Sisterhood. Full of the delicious charm—and sizzling passion—of the world’s best-loved romance, it will sweep readers off their feet.


Raised in a girls’ school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she’s hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child’s breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination—or her heart.


Falling for his young nephew’s governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury’s orderly life, but Annabelle’s quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist. Meanwhile, a mysterious danger looms over the remote Cornwall estate. Will their newfound desire stand the test of time? Or are some happy endings just too good to come true?


Review: My favorite fairy tale of all time is Cinderella, so I was excited about reading If the Slipper Fits by Olivia Drake. Based loosely on the tale of the lonely Cinderella, we meet Annabelle Quinn on the day her life changes for the better. Abandoned as a child at a school for young women, she grew up and became a teacher, but longed for adventure and a family to call her own.

Sent to the wilds of Cornwall to be governess to an orphaned eight year old duke, Annabelle embarks on a life of quite unlike her past at the school.

Told from Annabelle’s and Lord Simon’s viewpoints, we see this unlikely couple as they meet and feel an instant attraction to each other. But Simon is bitter and completely shuns the young nephew in his charge except for a once-weekly recitation of what the young duke has learned in his studies.

Annabelle quickly sees that not only does young Nicholas need love, but so does Simon. She must fight her growing attraction to him so she’s not sent away from her young charge.

For all that Annabelle is raised by the teachers in the school, she has a wisdom and a love inside her that comes from somewhere deep inside her. She is headstrong and willing to speak her mind on the risk of losing her hard-won position in the household. I quite admired her doing verbal battle with Lord Simon in order to do what is right for Nicholas, and for the tragic Lord himself.

The author did an excellent job in describing the wilds of Cornwall, and I found myself longing to stand beside Annabelle, watching the churning sea.  The love scenes were sensual without being overtly steamy.

This is not just a romance, but a mystery as well. Ancient treasure, attempted murder, and kidnapping all come into play in this story. I must admit I had the enemy figured out, but then a devious twist was thrown into the mix. By the time the book ended, I was shocked and very pleasantly surprised. But I won’t tell you what happens, you’ll just have to read and enjoy it for yourself.

This is a must-read for lovers of fairy tales and Historical Romance.
I look forward to the next in the series, to see who the lucky young lady will be to wear the lovely ruby-red slippers.


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