Title: Ashes of Glass
Author: Emma Hill
Genre: Fiction – Fairytale retelling
Arella Marceau becomes the servant of her stepmother after her father dies. When she meets a charming young man named Freddie, she begins to fall in love. But a mysterious man claims Arella’s father owed him a debt, and he threatens to destroy all Arella’s prospects for a future with Freddie.
This is a Christian retelling of the Cinderella story. I really loved how creatively some of the elements of the Cinderella story were included in this book. This is a more realistic/historical retelling, but many of the essentials (like the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, etc.) are still there, though in a creative way. I enjoyed watching out for those elements and then identifying them.
I enjoyed the story. It kept me interested and turning pages. I thought it was interesting that the beginning showed how Arella got to be in her situation. It showed what happened to her parents, and then how the gradual change from stepdaughter to servant happened. The ending was also very well done.
This book is written in first person present tense. While I’ve read plenty of first person past tense, I’ve never read present tense before, and I really enjoyed it.
Some of the descriptions are excellent with many good metaphors. Overall this was fun to read and had a lot of good qualities. If you like fairytale retellings, then you’ll like this book.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.