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review 2021-12-21 13:36
Book review - Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) by Kathleen Shoop
Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) - Kathleen Shoop

Book review - Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) by Kathleen Shoop 


She never had anything.

He lost everything.

Together they create a Christmas to remember.

December, 1893--Shadyside, Pennyslvania .


"A heartwarming story that will have you overflowing with festive spirit. Kathleen's heartfelt story transports you back in time to a harsh winter in Pennyslvania, in the midst of a financial crash, and depression, that serves as a reminder that the magic of Christmas can be felt, regardless of what you have in life. Bella is the centre of the story, her positive love of everything in life is quite contagious, and is joined by a group of people from all walks of life who find themselves in dire need of help and support, they have absolutely nothing yet have everything they could have wanted.


Bella asks does riches in life involve money, are they important? I think you will find the answer among these pages, for sure!"


Our rating 'A heartwarming' 5 stars


Available now:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Bella-Tis-Season-Book-ebook/dp/B09L3LY2TD  Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Bella-Season-kathleen-shoop/dp/B09KN657P7  .


Bella Darling lives in a cozy barn at Maple Grove, an estate owned by industrialist Archibald Westminster. The Westminster family is stranded overseas and have sent word to relieve all employees of their duties except Margaret, the pregnant maid, James the butler, and Bella. Content with borrowed books and a toasty home festooned with pine boughs and cinnamon sticks, she coaxes the old hens to lay eggs--extraordinary eggs. Bella yearns for just one thing—someone to share her life with. Always inventive, she has a plan for that. She just needs the right egg into the hands of the right man.


Bartholomew Baines, a Harvard-educated banker, is reeling in the aftermath of his bank's collapse. With his friends and fiancé ostracizing him for what he thought was an act of generosity, he is penniless and alone. A kind woman welcomes him into her boarding house under conditions that he reluctantly accepts. Completely undone by his current, lowly position, and by the motley crew of fellow boarders who view him as one of them, Bartholomew wrestles with how to rebuild.


With the special eggs as the impetus, the first meeting between Bella and Bartholomew gives each the wrong idea about the other. And when the boarding house burns down a week before Christmas it’s Bella who is there to lend a hand. She, Margaret, and James invite the homeless group to stay at the estate through the holidays. But as Christmas draws closer, eviction papers arrive. Maple Grove is being foreclosed upon. Can Bella work her magic and save their Christmas? Is the growing attraction between Bella and Bartholomew enough for them to see past their differences? Only time will tell and only if time doesn’t run out before they all have the Christmas of their lives.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/book-review-cinder-bella-tis-season.html
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review 2020-06-23 07:51
Fun read
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

This is just a really fun adaptation of Cinderella. It's been on my list for ages and I found it enjoyable with a strong female protagonist and fun world-building.


It definitely ends with you wanting to read the next installment right away though but overall this is a fun read that brings up interesting questions regarding The Other given the status of cyborgs in this society. 

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review 2019-10-28 11:54
"Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles #1" by Marissa Meyer - this one lived up to the hype.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer,Rebecca Soler


"Cinder" got on to my TBR pile because I gave in to the hype. Everyone said it was fun. So I bought but didn't read it because, well it's a retelling of Cinderella. It's an affirmation of the Patriarchy. Handsome Prince rescues poor-but-worthy girl. In space! How exciting could that be?


A few chapters in and I knew the hype was right, it was a lot of fun. This mostly because it kept surprising me in amusing ways that kept the story fresh and because the writing is well done


"Cinder" reimagines the Cinderella story in a way that changes the dynamics of the relationships and offers new challenges.


Cinder isn't waiting to be rescued. The Prince is charming in cute but in a charismatic and self-deprecatingly egalitarian way.


Then there's the evil Queen, far, far more evil than any stepmother, gifted with the power of compulsion unfettered by conscience and amplified by narcissism.


And the relationship with the stepmother and the steps sisters isn't so black and white, it's a complicated mix of love and pain and deep damage, the way families can be.


And there's the plague and the death and suffering it brings.


And the stigma of Cinder being a cyborg and the examination that brings of what it means when some lives are judged less worthy than others.


And the relationship between Earth and Luna. And the mystery of Cinder's origins.



And and and...


It was a book I stayed up late with and returned to eagerly. It was fun but not silly fun. It was creative and humane and dramatic.


I'll be back for the rest of the series.


I recommend the audiobook version performed by Rebecca Soler. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.





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review 2019-09-24 14:20
A Grimm Tale
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer


I thought the step mother in the original was horrid. Geez Adri's a bitch.
Is the dr supposed to be the fairy godmother?  Every time a new character was introduced I kept trying to assign them a role from the original story.  


I would like to know why cyborgs are looked upon with such contempt.  If it was mentioned, I missed it.



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text 2019-09-20 00:23
Reading progress update: I've read 83%. - this is much more exciting than I'd expected.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer,Rebecca Soler

I mean, it's a retelling of Cinderella. It's an affirmation of the Patriarchy. Handsome Prince rescues poor but worthy girl. How exciting can that be?


Except this re-imagining changes the dynamic. Cinder isn't waiting to be rescued. The Prince IS charming in cute but charismatic and self-deprecatingly egalitarian way. Then there's the evil Queen - far more evil than any stepmother, And there's the plague and the death it brings and cyborg stigma and and and.


And now it's approaching midnight. The Prince is in danger. Cinder is in motion.And I'm too tired to stay up until 01:30 to find out what happens.


But tomorrow... all will be revealed.



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