Author: Marina Myles
Published: February 17, 2015
A DANGEROUS ATTRACTION
When her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!
The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete’s body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she’s met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps—or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella’s dreams…
A few weeks ago, I was in a reading slump. I picked up and put down several different books that I just could not get into. Was it the book's fault? Probably not. After some advice from fellow readers I decided to pick a book from a genre that I haven't read in awhile. Because who doesn't love fairy-tale retelling? It turns out Cinderella and the Ghost was the perfect book to get me out of my reading slump.
I do want to begin by saying that though this book got me through, I didn't love it. There were a great many things to like about this book--Ella, a haunted portrait, a French chateau--but this book also had it's problems (at least for me).
Ella or Cinderella has lived a tumultuous life. Her father died when she was young, She had to take care of her evil stepmother, and her stepsisters were a joke. After her stepmother passed away, she learned that her father had left her a chateau in France. With the help of a close friend (who acts as her fairy godmother), Ella throws caution to the wind and moves to France. Once there, she's transfixed by a painting. A painting of a man that she swears she's met before. And this is where the mystery begins . . .
I definitely liked the mystery aspect of this book; it's what kept me turning pages. What I didn't quite like was not understanding if this was a reincarnation or time-travel book. It seemed like both at times. It actually confused me a bit. Though I liked it, I also thought the story line was predictable. I also liked the chemistry between the two main characters: Ella and Jean-Daniel. I don't want to give too much of the story away, because it will ruin the reading experience for anyone who hasn't read it yet. And if you haven't, this would be a great book to read to de-stress.