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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review and Print Giveaway: Seattle Cinderella: (Romancing America) by Gail Sattler

This is a collection of four light, happily-ever-after sweet romances.
by Gail Sattler

  • Series: Romancing America
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (March 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616266417
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sweet
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Cinderella lives—except her name is Cindy and she resides in Seattle! Cindy is forced to run her late father’s muffler shop. Will her step-sisters’ shenanigans and Luke Princeton’s charms only make her life even more unbearable? Cindy’s step-sister Annie has reformed her ways. But how will she prove it to the man she loves? Step-sister Zella is writing her own love story. But is she using a poison pen? Cindy’s godmother, Farrah, has caught the attentions of a younger man. Does she have the courage to love again? How far will God go to give these women a happy-ever-after?

This is a sweet collection of four HEA stories - one for Cindy and her two step sisters and one for her helpful Godmother.

Cindy and the Prince
Cindy is a mechanic extroadinaire having learned as a child from her beloved father. She rarely dresses in anything other than overalls in spite of non-stop criticism from her stepmother, Melissa. Of course it wouldn’t matter what she wore as Melissa would still find fault. Cindy doesn’t understand why her father left his auto shop and house in equal shares to Melissa and Cindy. This leaves Cindy stuck living at home with her unpleasant stepmother and not-so-nice stepsisters, Annie and Zella. Until the battles over the Will are resolved Cindy has to operate the shop, employ her stepsisters and hope she can save enough money to buy out her stepmother’s interest.

Luke Princeton operates a limousine rental shop across the way from Cindy’s shop. He sees her every day but can’t get her to agree to even a coffee date. He is the guardian of his teenage niece and when he realizes that Kat is interested in becoming active in the youth group at Cindy’s church, Luke grabs the opportunity to get closer to Cindy. Even though Cindy is willing to step in to help with orphaned Kat, can Luke get her to risk loving him too?

Love by the Books
Annie has worked half-heartedly as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Cindy while attending college. She has recently seen how unfair Melissa is to Cindy. Annie has decided to work more diligently and she is happy to help sort the books at Like a Prince Car Rentals by Luke and his co-owner, Brent, when their long time bookkeeper is unavailable. Annie finds some strange entries as she sorts through the data.

Luke had given Cindy a sporty convertible mustang which Annie admires. The mustang disappears one morning and is later Brent.buried in Annie’s garage. With a past reputation that isn’t the best, how can Annie get anyone to believe she didn’t take the car and that she may be in danger herself?

Till Death Do Us Part
Zella is anxious to get away from her mother, Melissa, who wants to plan a big wedding for her remaining daughter. Of course Zella needs a boyfriend first. Zella decides to join a book club that meets on Friday nights so she won’t be available for the dates her mother keeps pushing her to.

Zella is surprised to learn the club is not a reading club but a writing club where the members help critique each other's works. She begins a relationship with one of the young men not knowing that he is in fact her new favorite mystery writer. How will Zella get beyond the hurt when she learns of TJ’s deception?

Never Too Late
Farrah is an attractive and energetic fifty year old teacher. She has accepted her single life-style after the death of her husband and hasn’t made any real effort to seek out a male companion.

Matt is a thirty-eight year old veterinarian who has avoided romantic relationships for many years because he knows he cannot have a normal family life. Matt had prayed and waited a long time for the right, special woman. He finds his friendship with Farrah enjoyable and his feelings growing. He is less interested in their age difference than in the fact that she fits an important criteria for a partner as she is beyond child-bearing age. Can Farrah see beyond her age to accept Matt’s suit?

Each of the stories have a connection to church and some references to faith but is not “loud” or preachy. These are not quite “fluff” but they are simply easy, light reading with a happily-ever-after ending. The ladies of bookclub enjoyed the book especially because it was light and they liked the short stories that could be read at separate sittings, which sometimes fits a busy life. We agreed this is a nice book for those who are in the mood for sweet, easy, quick-reading romance.

This was our book for Ladies Book Club.

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  1. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  2. Sounds like it will be sweet instead of sexy---I like that.

  3. She has two dogs, a bearded dragon, and two beta fish as pets.

  4. This sounds like a really nice book.


  6. the author's bio pic on her site is fun

  7. Interesting compilation of love stories. I'm specially interested in Till Death Do us Part. It sounds like a lot of people will enjoy reading that book, Martha. Thanks for giving everyone the chance to read it. Good luck to everyone who entered the giveaway. Happy Holidays! :)

    Lucius Cambell @ Skild


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