Dazzling and enchanting, The Stepsister’s Tale is a finely tuned story that breathes new life into the classic Cinderella tale. Tracy Barrett shines as a marvelous storyteller due to her smooth prose, lively characters and perfectly dramatic plot. Jane is a splendid narrator and possesses all the right qualities for a star heroine. With a sweet romance and hints of the fantastical, this is an inventive must-read!

With their family’s wealth gone and their mother unable to let go of the past, Jane Montjoy and her sister must take it upon themselves to maintain their crumbling estate and keep their mother happy. Their lives take an even more dramatic turn when their mother returns from a trip with a new husband who has a daughter of his own. As Jane tries her best to be kind to her new selfish stepsister, an unexpected death, a royal ball and a mysterious boy from the woods lead her down a whirling path where nothing is quite as it seems. (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Jul., 272 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780373211210, HC, 13 & Up)

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