Cinders Like Glass by Clarissa Kae ~ Book Review + Giveaway

September 30, 2021


About the Book

Book: Cinders Like Glass
Author: Clarissa Kae
Series: Victorian Retellings, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: July 29, 2021

Grieving her father's sudden death, Lady Ada Whitworth's childhood stutter resurfaces. She seeks solace in her charcoal sketches secretly published in London's Thames & Times newspaper. Her brother's sharp tongue and quick temper shame Lady Ada into complete silence but not before she overhears his traitorous plot to kill the queen at the upcoming International Ball.

Mute and heartbroken, Lady Ada's private pain is mistaken for arrogance, earning the ire of society. The Duke of Girard is tasked with sniffing out the elusive French spy called Tailor while an anonymous artist pokes fun at the duke's failed pursuit, taunting him every step of the way. With the upcoming International Ball just weeks away, the Duke will stop at nothing to bring stability back to his beloved Britain-including finding the artist behind the sketches.

When Lady Ada's accused brother disappears, she becomes the target of the Duke's wrath, assuming her silence is from guilt, not grief. To loosen her tongue, the Duke demands Lady Ada be interrogated at his estate, a home hidden in the wild Welsh countryside. She sweeps the chimney, launders her clothes and helps the cook-she will do anything but speak to the Duke.

Lady Ada's quiet service softens the Duke, his mind often turning to thoughts of her. But can he earn Lady Ada's trust in time to save the queen?

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Other Books in the Series

A Dark Beauty
(Victorian Retellings #1)
By Clarissa Kae
Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale
Paperback, ebook & audiobook, 212 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Carpe Vitam Press 

A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast

Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.

Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.

When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.

Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?

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My Thoughts

This is the second book in the Victorian Fairy Tale Retelling series and although I am sure you can pick up and read it and be fine I found that by reading the first one I recognized the characters and knew where the storyline was going. They do correlate with each other and it's almost continuing where the first one left off although this is uniquely its own. I'm not going to tell you too much so I don't ruin it for you but trust me when I say that you will definitely enjoy it. It has a good amount of intrigue and mystery that keeps you reading. I kept trying to put the pieces to the puzzle together but to no avail. 

The characters were great and you will definitely be enthralled with them. Ada is a lovely character and you feel bad for her as her brother just intimidates and treats her like she is meaningless. You will fall in love with the Duke of Girard!! He is a really good hero in this story.  I will say there could have been a bit more romance between them. Don't get me wrong there was but it could've been a bit more prominent. 

This definitely was not your typical Cinderella retelling. If you enjoy Victorian era stories, you will definitely enjoy this one. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

I received a copy of this book through Prism Tours. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She's the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.

Since her first novel, she's explored different writing genres and created a loyal group of fans who eagerly await her upcoming release. With numerous awards to her name, Clarissa continues to honor the role of storyteller.

Aside from the writing community, she and her daughters founded Kind Girls Make Strong Women to help undervalued nonprofit organizations—from reuniting children with families to giving Junior Olympic athletes their shot at success.

She lives in the agricultural belly of California with her family and farm of horses, chickens, dogs and kittens aplenty.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

Five winners will receive one of the author’s backlisted titles: Once And Future Wife, Pieces To Mend, Taming Christmas, Of Ink And Sea, or A Dark Beauty 
(ebooks to international winners, print to US winners)

Ends October 6, 2021

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