Cinderella knew it was all about the shoes, and so does master storyteller Drake as she kicks off The Cinderella Sisterhood with a tale filled with gothic overtones, sensuality, sprightly dialogue, emotion, an engaging cast and a beautiful pair of perfectly fitting slippers.

Left on the steps of a girl’s school, Annabelle Quinn yearns for life outside Yorkshire. Her chance comes when she’s hired as governess to an orphaned duke. Annabelle arrives in Cornwall and discovers the duke’s uncle, Lord Simon Westbury, wants nothing to do with her. Simon finds the governess irritating but can’t stop thinking of her. He develops a grudging respect for Annabelle. Ancient rites, murder, kidnapping and the truth behind Annabelle’s heritage merge just as she and Simon find love. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 413 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin