Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen
Publisher: Hidden Falls Publishing
Published: August 13th, 2013
ebook: 300 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ePub copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. This is
one of those books that slowly wraps you up in it's
story never freeing you until the last word. The
characters in this story are varied, but so
memorable. I especially loved Princess Ariella or as
she likes to call herself, Ella. She is not like her six
sisters who love being royalty. Ella is bored with her
life and in the process makes friends with a gardener
by the name of Gavin. Their friendship grows into,
as Ella says, "The most precious thing I've ever had
the pleasure of owning." It was quite funny as Gavin
teaches her to do things like pull a weed and Ella
finds it just fascinating.
This story takes place over a 2-3 year time period.
Ella goes through many changes in her life and
emotionally she grows and matures into a
courageous woman who is not afraid to chase after
her dreams. I love what a strong woman she
becomes. Her relationships with
her parents and of course Gavin, go through many
transitions too. Even though this is
an adaptation of a fairytale re-telling with a twist,
the feelings and situations are very realistic.
This story is a clean read with some nice kissing.
You will fall in love with this story like so many
already have. I could best describe it as being
"Enchanted" by Ella and her story. This book is
coming highly recommended for teen and adult
readers who want to finish reading a book and come
away with a smile on their face. This will be a book
that I will revisit again and again because I liked it
I changed behind a couple of close-growing trees at the base of the hill, then squeezed the water from my hair and tried to restore it to some semblance of order. I wrung out my clothes before wrapping them in a shawl and putting them in my bag. I decided against putting on my shoes, instead walking barefoot back to the maze, enjoying the feel of the earth under my feet. A lightness filled me; whether from knowing the secret of the waterfall or from abandoning propriety and tromping around barefoot, it didn’t really matter. New life had been breathed into me. The looks thrown my way while entering the palace with bare feet and disheveled hair made me smile. I couldn’t find it in myself to be ashamed.
I bounded up the stairs to my room with no poise at all, and had to suppress a grin when I hurried past Lorraina, who stopped suddenly upon seeing me and didn’t recover before I passed her by. I slipped into my room and shut the door firmly, unable to keep a broad smile from my face as I considered my excursion. It was liberating.
Praise for Just Ella:
"By far one of the best romance novels I've ever read. Pulls you in with great, likable characters and keeps you going with a sweet and exciting love story--plus a good plot to give it even more substance. Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well." ~Jana Miller
"Annette Larsen writes a love story that takes time, is complicated, and yet still sweeps you up in the romance (without the cheese, thank you). It's compelling and emotional and sweet and you will love every page." ~Kimi
I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other. I write clean romance. Why? Because that’s what I love to read, but over the years I’ve discovered it’s quite a challenge to find good clean romance. I believe it’s a genre that many people are looking for and too few authors are writing. My first novel, Just Ella, took me many years to write because I wanted it to be more than just a cutesy love story. I wanted it to have depth, to feel genuine. Hopefully I succeeded, but you’ll have to be the judge.
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