Author: Heather Chapman
Series: Once Upon a Regency #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: February 15, 2019
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
Rose Grant doesn’t know the world beyond her country home in Hampshire. Banned from a season in London, prohibited from attending social events, forbidden to see her own reflection, and allowed only vetted correspondence—Rose is desperate for a life free from her controlling aunt. When she stumbles into the Duke of Andover and meets his son, the Marquess of Stratfordshire, she discovers new feelings and the possibility of future happiness. Rose begins to see a way out of her dark world—much to her aunt’s dismay.
Lord Colin Weston, the Marquess of Stratfordshire and future Duke of Andover, has met too many pretentious ladies more desirous of his title than his heart to trust easily. When he meets Miss Rose Grant, she seems genuine and kind, and Colin finds himself falling for her much too quickly.
Will Rose and Colin find their happily ever after, or will another’s attempt to poison them against one another prevail?
Rating: Mild. Why.
Fairy tales in regency times? Yes, please! This is a great take on Snow White. Rose is a beautiful, kind-hearted heroine. Colin is a swoon-worthy hero. Aunt Prudence is a definite villain. There are some great side characters, too. (I especially loved the duchess.) The twist on the poisoned apple is a good one. And of course, there is a wonderful happy ending. I loved the whole thing!
This is fairy tale retelling of Snow White set in Regency England. Many elements of the Snow White we know and love are in this retelling but perhaps used in a different way. The story has a mirror, apples, figurative poison, attempted murder and so forth but there is no magical element involved. I enjoyed how all those elements fit into this Regency tale. I was sad that Rose’s grandfather was not a help to her and mad that Aunt Prudence doesn’t really get what she has coming to her. There are consequences but not really bad ones. I wanted her to be kicked to the hedgerows… Sigh. The story is sweet and an enjoyable read.
No sex, language
Violence: attempted suffocation