ROMANCE

Stroke of Midnight

St. Martin's Paperbacks. (Cinderella Sisterhood, Bk. 2). Jun. 2013. c.352p. ISBN 9781250002099. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466838932. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Drawn back to London by her father's murder ten years after he was falsely accused of theft and they fled to Portugal, Laura Falkner is bent on vindicating her parent and recovering her lost life. But she has no funds and is still a social pariah. Then the enigmatic Lady Josephine Milford steps in, and Laura is given a position as the elderly woman's companion. Laura, of course, is overjoyed—until she learns that Lady Josephine's nephew is the Earl of Copley, the man who brought those accusations against Laura's father and broke her heart years ago. Anger and distrust war with the passion that still sparks between the pair as they work together to learn the truth—and end up in danger from a source they never anticipated.
VERDICT Complete with fairy godmother and jeweled slippers, this intriguing, mystery-laced reworking of the Cinderella story is a sweetly sensual and often funny delight that will have fans wondering where those sparkling shoes will end up next. Drake (If the Slipper Fits), who also writes award-winning best sellers under her own name, Barbara Dawson Smith, lives in Texas.

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