Bride Lottery Fairytales 17 Cinderella by Caty Callahan is a sweet romance for young adults with a fairytale twist.
10 out of 10 stars. Another hit from Caty Callahan. We love her sweet romances. They have heroines to root for and heroes to love.
In the original Cinderella fairytale, Cinder Ella was the daughter of rich French nobleman whose wife dies. Worried about this daughter being raised by the maid rather than a mom, he remarries an absolute nightmare who brings her bratty two daughters into the home and takes over. Then, of course, the father dies leaving Ella with the monster stepmother and stepsisters.
In this version of Cinderella, the heroine is named Elise but goes by Elle. The hero, a young widower with four kids, keeps calling her Ella which starts off a rocky courtship. He needs a babysitter for the summer and no one will take his offer. So in desperation he enters the lottery knowing that Elle will be there. It’s a steep price to pay for a babysitter, but he hasn’t planted his fields since his wife died and they need the money. Besides, his kids adore Elle and she adores them.
It is so refreshing to see a romance where the stepmother isn’t an evil witch and the step kids aren’t little monsters. Seriously. That cliche has been done to death and is hurtful to blended families where steps are a common thing. And really, this is the 21st century, get over it. In this romance Ella (or Elle in this case) IS the stepmother and she is in love with her step kids who are completely charming.
So here’s the plot. Elliot Whitmore is a gorgeous young widower with four young kids all under the age of seven. The only woman in town who really likes them happens to be the girl who stalked him as an adolescent. So he’s wary of asking her to babysit his kids for the summer, but after he’s gone through every other single woman in town, she’s his last hope. She says…NO. This is her first lottery and probably her mother’s last (she is not well). So she wants her mom to see her married and hopefully have a grandkid before she dies. Elliot then takes drastic steps to secure his babysitter–he enters the lottery and marries her. Keep in mind this is her first lottery (age 18) and her mom is dying. She didn’t really want a husband, but she wanted her mom to see her married and with a kid. That makes this somewhat of a disaster, but Elle makes the best of it and she really does love his kids.
With his newfound freedom Elliot does something stupid (I won’t reveal what) and it results in Elle having to keep a promise to protect one of the children. Eventually Elliot finds out anyway and makes a huge scene calling her an unfit mother. That’s possibly the worst thing you can say to your wife and your kids’ mother. The rest of the story is about Elliot and the kids trying to make up for that mistake (and a few others).
Like all of the lottery romances it has a happy ending. But getting there really is half the fun. No graphic sex. No unmarried sex. No profanity. Suitable for teenagers to read and the series really does present wholesome values unlike most romances and even a lot of sweet romances. Most of the lottery books have a moral to the story. This one is that a mother has an obligation to her children. No husband can trump that obligation. Ever. No matter how much he screams and whines. 🙂
10 out of 10 stars. Loved it. We’re huge fans of the lottery series. Over the years Caty’s books have been copied, but those never come close to the originals.