Image of A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales)


Image of A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales)

This is James’ fractured Cinderella. There’s a horrid stepmother, a spoiled stepsister, dogs known as “the rats,” an unconventional prince and very intelligent Cinderella named Kate. The delightful tale is as smart, sassy and sexy as any of her other novels, but here James displays her deliciously wicked sense of humor, captivating her audience.

When her stepsister is scratched by her “rat,” Kate is forced to attend a ball where she meets Prince Gabriel. There is an instant attraction, but Gabriel is to marry a wealthy princess to save his kingdom while Kate is to go home to a miserable life. Complicating matters is the fact that Gabriel likes his betrothed, though not as much as the sharp-tongued Kate. Then there’s Kate’s eccentric godmother, a pair of glass — well, not quite — slippers, several amazing surprises and that marvelous midnight kiss that could change everything. (AVON, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin