Book Review : Cinderella and the Colonel
Timeless Fairy Tales #3
By K. M. Shea
Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.
Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.
From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.
Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?
CINDERELLA AND THE COLONEL is fairy tale retelling of love, sacrifice, adventure, and magic. It is filled with humor, deception, and clean romance, and it belongs to the top selling series, TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books.
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Adult Point of View
Cinderella and the Colonel is another fairy tale that explores relationships and has a complex back story for the plot. Because it is Cinderella we want her to end up with the charming Prince, but that doesn’t mean a twisting road to arrive at the destination isn’t more fun.
Cinderella is from one of only six surviving noble houses of Trieux. Erlauf, a neighboring country, has taken over the smaller country of Trieux and imposed heavy taxes. It would be easy to vilify the sovereigns of Erlauf for the unjust treatment, but there are two sides to the story.
Cinderella is feisty, determined, loyal, a hard worker and of course a beauty (with flaming red hair). She will sacrifice anything to pay her taxes, including her hair. No one would have expected the Duchess Cinderella Lacreux to put herself in servants clothes and work so hard to save all of her servants, land and ultimately her country – even while paying her taxes. Her step-mother was a noble widow and pressed into service by the queen of Erlauf to marry the Duke, Cinderella’s father. Cinderella has only a few interactions with her step-mother, who is frosty and stern, but she learns to see the situation from her point of view and they come to something of a truce. Cinderella takes to calling the Colonel, as Fred, just to bug him. A turning point in their friendship is when Cinderella saves him from assassins.
Colonel Friedrich is one of the most influential men in the Erlauf military holding one of the highest ranks. As a military nation they esteem their officers even more than their nobility. He is charming, perseverant, and thoughtful. His men are devoted to him and he might be able to help Cinderella pay off her property’s tax debt to the queen. He is prone to calling Cinderella “Pet” and suggesting she plants flowers.
Prince Cristoph, the oldest son of Queen Freja, will need to marry and try to bring his new country into a new order. Cinderella points out to the Prince, at the ball, how the country needs to heal and forgive one another rather than move into the darkness of hatred that would allow the evil mages to get a foothold and eventually destroy both the Trieux and the Erlauf. He is quite intrigued with Cinderella’s novel ideas.
Enchantess in training, Angelique plays a small cameo in this book, and as you can guess, she appears right in the nick of time – before the ball. Who knew glass slippers could be so comfortable?
This is another light, fun read and I enjoyed it immensely. It is a completely clean romance and clever. There were a couple of moments when I was reminded of the movie Ever After because Cinderella was so practical in her approach to life.
3.5 out of 5 stars
If you enjoyed this fairy tale try Enchantment by Orson Scott Card or any of the fairy tales by Robin McKinley. Though not a fairy tale you may also enjoy Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede.
Cinderella and the Colonel is my second favorite so far! But a close second to Beauty and the Beast.