The story of Cinderella hits close to home in this romantic novel by Allison Lane. Our “Cinderella” is Catherine and is very much like her. She works for her family, horrible cousins and aunt and uncle, but she doesn’t have any helpful mice around. Catherine does have some friends to help her out but her Prince Charming is anything but.
The Plot of Unscrupulous Uncle:
Catherine Braxton had adored Damon ever since she was a little girl, and Damon was her older brother’s best friend. But that was long ago. Her brother was gone now, slain in war. Catherine herself was an orphan in a household of rapacious relations who had reduced her to shocking servitude. And Damon had become the Earl of Devlin, engaged to the most beautiful belle of the ton.
Why then had he come to see her after eight years? Why did he claim he wanted to wed her, when it was clear he passionately loved another? Was Damon paying a secret debt to her brother at cruel cost to himself? Or was he intent on making a fortune by taking Catherine to be his wife? Catherine had to find the answer-even though it might break the heart she had long ago lost to him…
Well as I was reading this the thought came to me that this is the tale after Cinderella gets her man and finds out that he is not as charming as he appears. That there is not a happy ever after. Of course in the romance world that usually is not existent. Romance and happy ending usually go side by side with the ups and downs the characters must endure.
I have to say I really like the characters. Damon pissed me off throughout most of the book because he was so blind. Why couldn’t he really see what was happening? And why couldn’t he be nicer to Catherine? But then love is blind.
Catherine was a great character as well because of all that she had to endure from her family, husband and all of society.
I wasn’t expecting to like this story as much as I did so it was a nice surprise. Allison Lane created a hit with The Unscrupulous Uncle.