Monday 25 November 2013

The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester

Let the masquerade begin! Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it's going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can't be too hard, can it? But when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming who thinks she's someone else, Angel embarks on a plan to secure her happy ever after. THE CINDERELLA MOMENT is a fabulously fun story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes!

I really really enjoyed this! I love all fairytale stories so love it when there is a fairytale with a twist and this was a brilliant twist.

Angel Moncoeur lives with her Mum, who is the Cook in a big American household. She desperately wants to be a fashion designer and she definitely has the talent for it and wants to enter her designs into the Teen Couture competition, which is run every year by the famous fashion designer Vidal. Whilst Angel is best friends with Lily, one of the girls who lives in the lavish household on the Upper East Side, she does not get on well with the nasty Clarissa and her Mother Margot. Lily also despises the pair of them as Margot will never replace her own Mother and she does not get on with Clarissa. A heartbreaking moment causes Angel to go to Paris and take her best friend Lily's place as her Grandmama's granddaughter while Lily goes to London. This trip opens Angel's eyes to a completely different world and obviously the world of fashion. But what happens when everyone finds out Angel's true identity?

I read this brilliant story so quickly, Jennifer's writing style is actually beautiful. The way she describes every scene, the people, the clothes, the surroundings, oh my I actually felt like I was right there in Paris with Angel.

Angel is a very likeable character and I got so involved with this story that I could feel my heart pounding in places, hoping everything was going to work out alright for her. The anger that I felt towards Clarissa and Margot for Angel was incredibly powerful, I was that emotionally involved with all the characters.

I only have a slight interest in fashion, but when I was reading this I wanted to be a part of this amazing fashion world that Angel was experiencing. I could almost feel the touch of velvet, hear the swish of silk of these amazing clothes.

I thought that this story was semi-predictable, BUT this did not deter from my enjoyment of the story as my predictions were what I hoped would happen and it made my heart soar in places.

I don't want to say anything else as I do not want to give anything away. Even though this story is aimed at teenagers, I definitely people of all ages will enjoy this brilliant twist in this fairytale.


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