Tuesday, February 16, 2021

[Review] - The Wicked Sister by Virginia Barlow



About the Book


With her stepfather's sudden death, Lady Anastasia Covington goes from living a privileged lifestyle to selling vegetables in the village marketplace in the blink of an eye. Alone and at the mercy of her nefarious stepsister, she yearns for love and acceptance.

Disguised as a simple soldier, Prince Percival catches a dark-haired emerald-eyed beauty in his arms. He is bewitched. The more he sees her, the more intrigued he is by her contradictions. Forced to keep his identity a secret, he must somehow convince Lady Anastasia he is the right man for her. But time is running out. Lady Anastasia's mother is determined to find a proper suitor and see her wed. And someone wants her dead.





My Review

Now just by glancing at the front cover, I would have never guessed this was a fairy story.  It reminded me of the countless romantic novels from the 1980s that my mother read once upon a time, so I was under the impression the story would be a throwback from that era. Unfortunately, that's not the case with this novel.

The Wicked Sister is a reimagining of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. The big difference is the princess's name, which has changed to Anastasia, and there is only one evil stepsister, Rella. And, there's no evil-stepmother. There are other differences, but I'm not going to list them here.

The Wicked Sister is a fast-paced bubblegum romantic tale. It's a little predictable at times, but if the story didn't go a specific and generic route, I would have been disappointed with the ending.

Overall, despite a few flaws, I enjoyed reading The Wicked Sister.

About the Author

Virginia has a zest for life. She has accomplished many goals including raising a large family. She has been a bookkeeper, a hostess, an EMT-I, a lieutenant in the local fire department, a manager and an author. She likes to knit, crochet, quilt and sew. She is funny, talented and very creative. Virginia looks at life through rose colored glasses and owns it. She is happiest when is at her computer immersed in her current novel. She loves to sip coffee or wine while she contemplates whether to kill off characters in her book or not. Virginia is a good friend and has an endless supply of love for friends and family.

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