By Eve Edwards
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 352 pages
The Lacey Chronicles #1: The Other Countess is a charming Cinderella story for a teen or young adult. The young Countess Eleanor and her father are turned out of their home by the fearsome Earl of Dorset, who believes that the Countess’ father was responsible for the financial ruin of his father. The Earl, William Lacey, sacrifices everything to bring prosperity back to his family’s estate. While spending time in the Queen’s court, Will becomes enamored with a beautiful lady of the court – Ellie. As Ellie and Will’s friendship develops in to a courtship, Will must choose between what is best for his family and what is best for his heart.
Eve Edwards writes a wonderful tale that is a refreshing take on the classic Cinderella story. Her words carry you right in to Will and Ellie’s world, as your heart breaks for the two young lovers. The story is well-written and fast-paced, keeping you entranced in the world of the Realm. This is a great book for younger readers or those who want to take a quick dip in to a world long forgotten.
Reviewed by Rachel J. Richards