Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances--and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale--until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
I loved this story! The dark twist on Cinderella was excellent. The story behind The Corley was clever and the characters in this book were very good. Poppy is intelligent, snappy and she can be very sarcastic (something I like). She is very good with cards and she is so strong, yet sweet and caring. Prince Christian is a perfect match for her, because in the end, he recognized his true love and he saved her. Eleanor, yeah.. She is a bit stupid, but I felt pity for her. Imagine it: from having servants, to being one. It must be tough, especially when everything is corrupted by the fairy godmother.
What I liked was that you can read this book as a stand alone. If you haven’t read the first one, there are subtle explanations for the fact that Poppy hates dancing. Another magnificent fairytale retelling! I think I’m going to add this author to my favorite list.