Author Showcase and Review of “The Surprising Enchantress and The Price of Scorn”- Kae Elle Wheeler (Kathy L Wheeler)

As you scroll down, you’ll notice that I’m reviewing only book 3 and 4 from the Cinderella series. Technically, Kae (Kathy) only requested me to read The Price of Scorn. However, since she graciously sent The Surprising Enchantress too, I offered to read and critique it as well.

I wondered though, since starting the series midway, would I grasp what’s going on? Would skipping book 1 and 2 hinder me in any way? Missed vital info from the prior two.

Rest assured, Kae said I’d be able to follow along quite easily. With that said, she went ahead and forwarded me background information so I had a recap before diving into these two tales.

I admit, the information posed quite useful. Therefore, I decided to pass along the “cliff notes” to you all.

🙂

 

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Finding his mysterious princess by trying her glass slipper on every maiden in Chalmers Kingdom sounded like a brilliant scheme until the silly thing slid quite easily on the foot of the wrong girl. Now how is Prince Charming supposed to find his true love? Unbeknownst to either, his mother, the queen and her feisty twin (Cinderella’s infamous fairy godmother) have a lesson to impart—impulsive decisions, do not a future king make!
 
 
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Lady Pricilla is a modern woman. Marriage and children? Hah! She has brains and intends to use them. But Sir Arnald is different. Isn’t he? And how will they survive when they discover villains embroiled with smuggled goods and danger? 

 
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Delusions of grandeur? Happily-ever-after? Lady Esmeralda is destined for life with a fluttering eye syndrome—a deterrent to any prospective intended. Alessandro de Lecce’s efforts to save Chalmers Kingdom and future heir are nil without Lady Esmeralda’s assistance. There is more to this fluttering-eye miss than meets the . . . eye!

 

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Fourteen years after Prince Charming and Cinderella are crowned as King and Queen of Chalmers, Cinderella and her sisters gather at their mother’s deathbed. Lady Hildegard Roche has nothing but resentment and scorn for the stepchild who culminates all that was stolen from her.
Stunned to silence, the sisters learn how tragedy shaped their mother into the woman she became. The question is: Can they forgive her?

 
 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
According to the back cover of The Price of Scorn, Kae states this story was for readers young and old. I do think that’s true to some degree; as in aimed towards the more “mature”. 


IMHO: I don’t think certain aspects of The Price of Scorn are suitable to the younger crowd (HS and younger). There were parts which I wouldn’t allow a teenager to read. For me, I wouldn’t feel comfortable allowing my child to read about men forcing themselves upon a woman. It wasn’t in graphic detail but there was enough presented to warrant the need for me to wait before I allow this into their hands.
 
With that said, I liked the Stepmother’s backstory. We all knew she wasn’t born despicable and Kae’s insight into her history shed some light into why she was named the “Evil Stepmother”. 
 
After learning about everything she dealt with, do my feelings towards her change at all?
 
Nah, not really. 
 
Just because your heart has been hardened by acts done against you, it doesn’t justify the need to spread hatred onto others. But, that’s just my opinion. 
 
As for my feelings on The Surprising Enchantress, this story would be ok for a teenager. There was mild violence (slam from villain to heroine). They’ve seen these acts during movies – aka superhero films. 
 
I should note I enjoyed Esmeralda’s story more than her mother’s. 
 
Her ailment was unique. Lashes that touched her cheeks – fluttering that caused noticeable wind. Oh, the images I had in my head. 🙂
 
As for Edric, that little stinker reminds me of my youngster. Quite the handful but also a joy to be around. 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)  
Score: ❤❤❤

 

 

Kathy L Wheeler, born in Presque Isle, Maine, actually grew up in Dallas, Texas area. She migrated to Boulder then Longmont, Colorado and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA focus on Management Information Systems and vocal music minor.

Kathy writes historical and contemporary romance. She an active member of the Oklahoma Romance Writers, loves the NFL, holds NBA Thunder season basketball tickets, adores musical theater, reading and writing—and just to round things out—karaoke. Besides belonging to her local RWA Chapter, OKRWA, Kathy belongs to other chapters of the national organization as well: The Beau Monde and DARA.

Kathy lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her musically-talented, attorney husband, Al. They have one grown daughter (who just had a baby) and one bossy cat, Carly, who acts as if she was the rescuer rather than the rescue-ee!

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14 Responses to Author Showcase and Review of “The Surprising Enchantress and The Price of Scorn”- Kae Elle Wheeler (Kathy L Wheeler)

  1. Mac

    Cinderella was always my favorite princess.

  2. Anonymous

    I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. Anonymous

    I have these books. ….I need to get them read

    Thanks for the review Kam

    Tanya

  4. Do these books come in e book form ? Because I think I would like to read them myself , yes I love paperbacks ! If not I might have to add to wish list

  5. Yes, if you look under each photo you'll see "Kindle" listed there. Click on it and it will direct you to Amazon.

  6. Your reviews help me to pick out books I want to read. I am not a big historical book reader but I will check these out. I may even decide to read them. Thank you for your reviews!!!!! for this one and all the others….

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