Bookshop Cinderella

Hachette Audio. (Scandal at the Savoy, Bk. 1). Jun. 2023. 10:01 hrs. ISBN 9781668626078. $27.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Set in Victorian London, Guhrke’s (Heiress Gone Wild) latest follows Evie Harlow, a bookstore owner who has given up on dreams of romance. One day, Maximillian Shaw, the Duke of Westbourne, steps into the shop and, hoping to win a bet, offers to turn Evie into the star of the season. Evie initially refuses his outrageous offer but changes her mind when her shop hits hard times. Max thinks he is a hero for saving Evie from a life of spinsterhood by offering to help her find a husband, but he does not anticipate falling for her himself. Can Max charm Evie and find their happily-ever-after? This fun and sexy story, recalling Cinderella and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, does not disappoint. Marisa Calin narrates headstrong, independent Evie as she navigates this new world of glitz and privilege. She perfectly captures Evie’s and Max’s distinct personalities, enhancing the growing tension in their relationship. Listeners will likely enjoy the many nods to the classic tale, as well as the new additions that turn it on its head.
VERDICT Smart yet steamy, this historical romance is a treat for fans of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, or Sophie Irwin.
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