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A Modern Cinderella   By: (1831-1916)

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A Modern Cinderella by Amanda Minnie Douglas is a heartwarming and captivating retelling of the timeless fairytale. Set in the early 20th century, this book takes us on a journey through the life of young Sylvia Grey, a young woman who experiences the hardships and triumphs that parallel those of the original Cinderella.

The author's writing style effortlessly transports readers to an enchanting world filled with love, loss, and the pursuit of dreams. Douglas' vivid descriptions immerse the reader into the bustling streets of New York City, allowing us to witness the stark contrast between the opulence of high society and the struggles faced by the lower class.

Sylvia Grey, our modern-day Cinderella, is a relatable and admirable protagonist. Her resilience in the face of adversity, her selflessness, and her unwavering determination make her a character worth rooting for. The author beautifully captures Sylvia's transformation from a mistreated stepchild to a strong and independent young woman who refuses to let her circumstances define her.

The supporting characters in the book are equally well-developed, each with their own distinct personalities and roles in Sylvia's life. From her kind-hearted stepsisters to the enigmatic and charming Mr. Thayer, the interactions between the characters are believable and often heartwarming.

One of the aspects that I particularly enjoyed about this retelling is the emphasis on women's empowerment and the pursuit of education. Sylvia's passion for learning and her desire to become a teacher showcase a message of female empowerment that is both relevant and inspiring, even in today's world.

The pacing of the story is well-executed, with the perfect balance of moments of tension and heartwarming scenes. The author keeps the reader engaged throughout the book, making it difficult to put down.

While A Modern Cinderella is a retelling of a well-known fairytale, Douglas manages to inject her own unique twists and turns into the storyline, keeping the reader on their toes. The surprises and revelations that unfold add an element of suspense and excitement to the narrative.

Overall, A Modern Cinderella is a delightful and engaging book that seamlessly blends the charm of a fairytale with the realities of the modern world. Amanda Minnie Douglas' masterful storytelling, combined with a strong and relatable protagonist, makes this book a must-read for fans of both classic fairytales and historical fiction.

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"You may stay down here until nine o'clock if you like," said Bridget. "It's awful cold upstairs. Be sure to wrap yourself good in the old blanket. And put a little coal on the range. If you let my fire go out, I'll skin you alive."

When Marilla first heard that threat she shuddered all over. If you scratched a little bit of skin off it hurt dreadfully. But Bridget never did it. Sometimes she hit her a slap on the shoulder. She couldn't even bear to skin a rabbit. "What do you mean by it?" Marilla gained courage to ask once, when she came to feel at home.

"Oh, I don't know. My mother used to say it. Sometimes she took a strap to us, but she wasn't ever real hard."

Marilla knew about the strap in Bethany Home though she didn't often get it.

"I'll remember about the fire."

"Good night!" Bridget was off.

She always took two or three evenings out in the week and had Sunday afternoon instead of Thursday because they had late dinners during the week. She was very excellent help, so Mrs. Borden let her have her own way... Continue reading book >>

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