Not So Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, peokate and williample were born to a certain station in life. And they tended to stay in that station. The milk maid might marry the farmer’s son, but she would never marry the duke. She’d probably never even marry the merchant. The governess might marry the vicar, but never the lord. The prince might marry the princess, but never the scullery maid. Such unions would be frowned upon from all sides, despite whatever feelings the couple involved might have.

That’s in part why stories like Cinderella are so enticing. At least to me. They aren’t just love stories. They are about forbidden love. Flouting society and rmistress of mellynisking it all for the one you love. Hard to be more romantic than that. 🙂

What’s interesting to me is that times really haven’t changed all that much. Oh, we’d like to think they have. Any maybe in some ways they have. After all, the future king of England married a commoner. Though, even she was upper class. Wealthy. Elite. But untitled and self-made. Something that never would have happened even a couple decades ago. (And no, I don’t count Princess Diana’s marriage as a Cinderella story…she was a bonafide lady before she married her prince, her family not all that much farther down on the totem pole than her husband).

More often than not, though, I think there is still a stigma against forming relationships with those not of one’s station. Look at movies like Maid in Manhattan, The Prince and Me, Mrs. Winterbourne, Fool’s Rush In. The tradition of staying within one’s station when choosing a partner is still alive and well.

I always really loved these stories. I fell in love with historical romances reading Victoria Holt and quite a few of her stories involved gentleman falling in love with common girls. The lord of the manor marrying the governess *swoon* Is there anything more romantic? 😉 Mistress of Mellyn was one of the first romance novels I ever read and featured the down on her luck governess marrying the dark, brooding, and mysterious lord of the manor. Society frowned, families reared their heads, and the couple loved each other too much too care. *happy sigh*

Do you like a good Cinderella story? What are your favorites?

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Sometimes a kiss is so much more…

Single mom Lena Oserkowski just wants to relax at the 5-star resort where her brother is getting married. Oh, and figure out how to make one of her businesses successful enough to support her son. Her focus is thrown out of whack when Elliot Debusshere, twin brother of her new sister-in-law, swims to her rescue at the hotel pool.

Elliot is disillusioned with his wealthy, playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he rescues Lena from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally.

With Lena’s ideas and Elliot’s know-how, they might just be able to make their ventures a success. Except pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Charming as he is, Elliot isn’t father material. And there’s no room for a single mom and her child in his life. While the attraction between them isn’t easily squashed, there’s no telling the lengths his family will go to prevent a relationship.

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

6 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    I’m fine with Cinderella stories as long as there isn’t too much of a class difference. The governess marrying the lord is not a big deal — they’re both from the educated class, and theoretically she would be able to hold her own. The scullery maid would be miserable if she married so far ‘above’ herself — she’d be ridiculed and shunned, probably by both his class and hers.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    I believe Diana’s family was a cut above Charles’, and no a happy ending there. I do like to read books with a HEA though. Who doesn’t like a Cinderella story?

    • kiraarcherbooks

      Oh, Ever After is one of the best Cinderella movies I’ve seen! I remember when it came out in theaters a friend and I went to see it. When the part came where she decked the stepsister everyone in the theater cheered 😀 It was so fun LOL My sis and I grew up watching The Slipper and the Rose. Such a gorgeous movie. Lots of musical numbers but they are fun and the costumes and scenery are incredible!