Book Review/Book Recommendation
Dance of Hearts
Author – Byrd Nash
Ebook – Genre – Regency Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling – Cinderella
Ebook length – Approx 100 pages – Short Novella
Firstly I would like to thank Byrd Nash for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book is now published.
In Regency England, 1816, it is not fashionable to display fairy blood.
Melinda Wychwood managed to stay at her family home after her father’s death by working as her cousin’s unpaid housekeeper. But when a childhood friend returns, playing a game of deception, will she be satisfied acting as the dowdy chaperone? Or will her wild fairy heritage and a magical dress finally win her true happiness?
Have you at all read Jane Austens books? I have and this reminds me of the days long ago, once upon a time, and not in my time, when horses were used as transport, they couldn’t zoom down mud hills in their SUV. Horses were not only used for transport, but as an entertainment, a canter here and a gallop there and being a lady you must ride side saddled. Ladies played being ladies with a cuppa tea, cake, sewing and embroidery and tittle tattle, for they did not have radios and TV … they talked. What comes with talk? Well the men definitely talked, two men in particular …. apparently a plan was hatched, a plan of deception. Can one deceive and then get away with it?
Byrd Nash writes this Cinderella retelling in Jane Austen style with a difference, not at all in a classical way, but we see here in a way that’s mixed of a magical realm of fairy tales. I was totally engrossed and invested in this short sweet story.
I particularly loved Melinda Wychwood, and through this excerpt you will see why.
“While her eye color was diluted to almost an acceptable color, Miss Melinda Wychwood of the Grange, ChippingWorth, could not control her blush. Her downcast eyes, slight smile, and tone of voice were always to be relied upon for any occasion. However, her blush hinted at a wildness of manner. Uninvited, it would color her cheeks, migrating to her forehead. There the pink would highlight a beating pulse, fluttering like a caught bird, at her temple.”
Yes, that’s right, there is a certain purity in her demeanour and, this I adore.
Speaking of admiration, I certainly admire Byrd Nashs writing. Although I have given a sizeable example of her writing up above, I couldn’t but help myself get thrown into the room where THE magical dress was being made, the magical dress will remain so, because I can’t reveal the magic, this is one that the reader will have to experience for themselves but, I will give you a sneak peak inside …. the sewing room … (I curtsey as you go through).
It felt like they had stepped inside a jewelry box, lined in pink satin. The drapes on the walls shifted slightly as if an invisible breeze touched them and the distant chime of silver bells played pleasantly in the background.
Where does this fit in as far as Melinda Wychwood is concerned? Is what I was telling myself as I went along my merry way of skipping through the woods (oh wait! that’s goldilocks!) … but wait, don’t go!! There is a forest in this story that has a very wicked? … well I will leave that up to you to find out.
I love the way the romance was handled in this happily ever after adult fairy tale. It’s clean and sweet.
5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This Cinderella Retelling, Dance of Hearts, comes highly recommended by me and will suit readers who like Regency Romance, a clean sweet romance, a short read, and anyone who likes happy ever after endings, forests, horses and happy endings.
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