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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
In Undercover Princess by Lenora Worth, Ellie returns to her roots to save her father and her legacy, the Castle Department Store, from ruin. Her plan is met with a hiccup when shoe designer Nico Lamon chooses her to represent his new line of shoes. No matter their attraction, family must come first.
Lenora Worth truly captures the magic of Cinderella in this modern-day romance. Her portrayal of Ellie as a strong, independent woman proves that empowerment need not take away from the magic of falling in love, and who wouldn't want to fall for the tall, dark, and handsome Italian prince? Worth does an admirable job of following the classic fairy tale while updating it with some interesting twists that will appeal to the adult in each of us while remembering the little girl inside also needs attention. Her remake of every little girl's dream castle brought a smile to my face and a twinkle to my eye.
The one negative aspect of this fairy tale remake is also one reason it makes for the perfect light reading selection; end result, the plot is somewhat predictable. Even with its face-lift, Ellie will find her happily ever after. Fortunately, her journey to happiness, while familiar, deviates enough to keep the pages turning and reader attention focused on the well-developed characters, the excellent pacing, and the one thing we can all use more of—dreams coming true. The addition of stylish shoes, dreamy attire, and faithful friends is just the bonus to what is already an entertaining story.