By Jessica Day George
Rating: 4 1/4 stars
If you like fairy tale retellings, you will love this book! George follows up her retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses which was titled Princess of the Midnight Ball and picks up a different sister of the twelve, Poppy. After the many years of strife caused by the evil underground lord, the king decides to send out his daughters as goodwill ambassadors to neighboring lands. Poppy has ended up in Breton and so has the handsome Prince Christian from the Danelaw. Poppy won't dance and won't talk about the mysterious happenings from her past--what is done is done, she hopes. But then the hapless servant Eleanor enters her life--a noble girl fallen on hard times. And Poppy starts to glimpse the possibility of magic--evil magic--surrounding Eleanor and her actions. When Christian and some others seem to be falling under a spell, too, Poppy knows she needs to take action and fast. What can one princess far from home do to save everyone from ruin? Based loosely on Cinderella, readers will eat this up and be eager for more. Let's hope George has more stories with more sisters up her sleeve.