I love books with strong female characters. Not just physically strong but emotionally too. Heather Lamb tells the story of the “evil” stepmother from Cinderella in Behind the Lace. For me it was provocative and deep. I’ve read a lot of books in my 3 years of reviewing and this one has stuck with me. I always share it with people when I get a chance to!
Synopsis: “You killed him!” Ella screeched. “You killed him! If you had only loved him enough, he wouldn’t have died.”
“Ella, please sit down in front of the fire, now.”
“What are those called? The black, yucky aftermath of the fire?”
“Cinders?” I said calmly. “I am sorry, Ella, about—”
“No!” She yelled, interrupting me again. “You will never, ever call me that again!” Tears streamed down her face. “You are the reason that my mother and father are dead! You are a curse to anyone and everyone who knows you! You are evil! It shows on your face!” Her breath was shaking then. “You will call me Cinders, because that is all that is left of me, since you destroyed it all.”
Before Cinderella meets the prince, before she loses her glass slipper, before the happily ever after, there was the stepmother.
Thrown into a forced marriage, she is haunted by her past, by her love for another man, and by her inability to hope for her own happily ever after. So much happened before the ball. So much happened Behind the Lace.
H.A. Lamb has given me the chance to give away one copy of Behind the Lace. It can be a signed print copy or an ebook. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. A winner will be chosen by Random.org Monday, June 30th, 2014!