Thursday, February 6, 2014

Just Ella

This book is just charming. It reminds me of Shannon Hale's Goose Girl and
Jessica Day George's Dragon Slippers and that's good company to be in.

It's a lovely story of a humble princess who doesn't want all that goes with being royalty and finds an unexpected friend in a close-to-her-own-age common gardener. Of course, Gavin turns out to be more than a friend and there in lies the difficulty. Royals and commoners don't mix.

Lots of twists and turns in this book, plus kisses, villains, marriages, breaking the rules, etc.

Well told, well developed, and easy to fall right into the lives and hearts of the characters.

For a lovely tale of old that just makes you breath a delighted sigh when it's over, pick up Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen.

A Proper, Clean Romance.
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.

"I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."

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