What worked: This is a delightful tale that introduces us to Kate who longs to decorate department store windows to the horror of her mother. She wants Kate to be a model. This is right at the tail end of the second war where rations included no pantyhose and other essentials. Then one day an elderly couple come to their home from Poland with a trunk and rumors of a magical dress. This is where the story comes alive. Kate is curious about what is in that trunk and when her aunt hints that she is in fact the 'keeper' of that Cinderella's dress? Kate wants to know more. Add the descendants of the wicked stepsisters who are up to no good and want the dresses(yes, there are more than one!) for themselves and will do anything to get them. Plus, there has to be a cute boy in the mix and this story doesn't disappoint there!
I love the action, suspense, and the bubbling romance within the pages of this very engaging story! Kate's decisions aren't always the best and the consequences she and her family face are at times more than she thinks she can handle. The war backdrop add to the intrigue of who might have been behind the attempts at stealing the dress plus the mystery behind her father's disappearance. **There's a hint of the Monument Men here--men that went during the war to protect historical art treasures that the Nazis and others pilfered.
I also loved the relationship between Kate and her BFF Josie. She's funny and also very loyal even though she'd do just about anything to be the model that Kate turns down. Now that's a true friend! Johnny is the guy who at first comes off as a jerk but opens up to Kate.
The early 40s are shown in vivid and realistic details down to the dances to even the hang out places.
A fun, twist on the classic Cinderella tale that is sure to appeal to fans of lighter fantasies. Be prepared to be swept away!