by Annette Larsen
Just Ella is such a delightful story! For some reason I was expecting it to be a Cinderella retelling (from the title) but it's not. It's just a nice, quick read with a fun, clean romance. Ariella is royalty, but wants to be able to make her own choices. Gavin is a gardener who knows his place, but has trouble staying there. It's a familiar premise, but Larsen has a very cute take on it.
The characters are likeable, the bad guy is intriguingly bad, and the ending is very sweet. It felt a little repetitive in parts, and I started to get frustrated when it seemed like the characters were intentionally misunderstanding each other to draw out the conflict. So maybe some of the obstacles felt a little contrived. But overall I really enjoyed it. I was definitely routing for everything to work out for the characters, and the way the story wrapped up was very satisfying.
The Big Three:
Language: not an issue
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: not an issue
Just So You Know:
I received a review copy of Just Ella as part of the blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer in exchange for an honest review. Just Ella is available now!
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