What if Cinderella doesn’t want her shoe back?

LadyMeetsherMatch_selectDid you grow up with fairy tales?

A favorite of mine was Cinderella. I loved reading about a kind-hearted heroine dancing the night away with a handsome hero. And who could refuse a magical transformation? I’m convinced the fairy godmother planted seeds for our thrill of the modern day makeover.

But, I had a few problems with the story. Like why did the funky Grand Duke hunt down Cinderella? Shouldn’t the prince search for his true love?

His lack of ardor bugged me.

And you know what else? The prince held zero appeal — we’re talking flat as a pancake personality. His role was pretty much “dance and decide” the woman he’d marry.

The day after the ball he insisted Cinderella was his true love. He couldn’t be with anyone else cinderellabut the girl who wore the glass slipper. At least he was firm on that.

He made his grand announcement and retreated to his room. To wait.

His Royal Highness’s charm took a nosedive, and there I was…a jaded nine year old girl.

Years later, when The Lady Meets Her Match formed, the Cinderella tale fit. I pictured Claire, the housekeeper from Meet the Earl at Midnight, sneaking into an elegant ball in a pale blue and silver gown. Just like Cinderella. This time things were different.

  • Her prince was a rough around the edges commoner dubbed the “King of Commerce”
  • Her shoe — well that’s a secret — but I’ll give you a hint: it’s not glass
  • Her life doesn’t need “saving” because she’s got plans of her own…and *gasp* she likes her regular clothes

Don’t tell that last part to Claire’s fairy godmother. She’s a saucy French woman who dispenses eye-popping advice.   

Life’s full of surprises. So is this retelling of Cinderella.

Why not take a look at chapter one on Amazon and see for yourself? 

Happy reading!  ~Gina

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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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11 Responses

  1. Love this idea of taking a fairy tale and turning it on it’s head! The cover is fab too!

  2. I so agree with you on Prince Charming, Gina. 🙂 The Lady Meets Her Match sounds like such a fun story!

  3. I can’t wait to read this one, Gina! As a little girl, I didn’t mind the prince’s lack of action so much, but now that you’ve pointed it out…

  4. Love, love this idea Gina!

  5. Barbara Monajem

    Oh, what fun, Gina! Big grin!! 🙂 Congrats on the new release.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Barbara,
      Thanks! The book won’t release until April 7th (I’m not as fast as my ER.com sister writers), but thanks for when the day comes!

  6. Exactly! She was never one of my favorites, or the prince for that matter LOL

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi JoannaM,

      Well, I do like Cinderella, but the prince was pretty flat, wasn’t he? Not a dynamic character there. LOL!!

  7. sounds wonderful!
    Denise

  8. I love fairy tale stories with a twist! And I never really thought of Cinderella in this way before – wow, the prince really is kind of a dip…