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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
In Gina LoBiondo’s version of Cinderella, Ella’s father does not die, but her life is just as miserable as if he had. The wicked stepmother and stepsisters, "the Ladies Three", are still around and up to no good as expected. Cinderella is mistreated and serves as a slave to her new family and dreams of a happy life as she remembers how it used to be. When it’s time for Cinderella to go to the ball, which lasts two days in this version, her fairy godmother is a surprise to her and to the reader. As usual, happily ever after still comes, but with some new twists. Ella shows her kindness and generosity to those who have abused her as she and Prince Andrew prepare to wed. And what becomes of the evil stepmother? You will have to read Cinderella: A Love Story to find out.
Cinderella: A Love Story by Gina LoBiondo is a unique and interesting retelling of a favorite classic. With the bones of the original story intact, this version offers a new perspective and unexpected events that add to the charm as we revisit the familiar characters. Gina LoBiondo transforms this lovely classic into a familiar yet new story. Maintaining all of the key elements, she has managed to introduce new elements that change the story without altering the integrity of the original. It is difficult to take something so well known and loved and add your own spin to it, but Gina has managed to pull it off. This is a charming story that the reader is sure to enjoy.