How does one compete with a prince... Ella's Will by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

I love all things fairy tales, so this series is right up my alley.
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Ella's Will
Ella's Will
by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
NA, Adult Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback & ebook, 257 Pages
September 1st 2016 by Sweetwater Books


Will Hawkins is just a simple stable boy. When he becomes reacquainted with his childhood friend, he can’t help falling in love with her. But everything changes when the prince announces a ball in which he will choose one of the commoners to be his wife, and Will is torn by his need to be with Ella and his desire for her wellbeing. 

How can Will ever hope to woo Ella when his competition is the prince? Without any magic or fairy godmothers, Will must show Ella that he is her true prince charming in this perspective twist of the classic Cinderella tale.

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My Review

ELLA'S WILL was a wonderful retelling of Cinderella that was unique and included enough twists to stand on its own. It's a counterpart to the first book in this series, Ella, which is from Ella's point-of-view versus Will's point-of-view in this one. Perfect for fairy tale loves and those who just enjoy a good happily-ever-after story.

I was surprised, since a lot of times a story from a masculine point-of-view doesn't always work for me, that I actually enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. I think some of that is because I wasn't struggling with a character who I wanted to shake and protect at the same time as I was for Ella in the first book. Another reason is that I liked seeing Ella through Will's eyes. He clearly suffers and sacrifices for Ella. He has the utmost respect and such unconditional love towards her. I also loved his humor, kindness, that he's a hard worker and level-headed. Obviously I loved Will, which means that I really enjoyed this story.

I also liked the other characters involved in the plot. It's interesting that some characters I got to know better in this book than in the first one and some I didn't get to know as much. Ella felt a little more removed since we never get her point-of-view and only see her when Will does. Still, the characters were all developed enough for the parts they played. I actually wouldn't mind reading more about the prince's and Roland's happily-ever-afters, particularly Roland's as I grew quite fond of him.

As far as the actual story and plot, I knew what was mostly going to happen, but I still really enjoyed the ride and seeing Will's side of things. I enjoyed how his friendship and then romance blossoms with Ella. There were a lot of sweet moments that I loved.It's also nice that you could read either book in the series by themselves and not be lost.

I just have to share one part, a beautiful sentiment from Will:
I had lost her a thousand times this week, but I would be willing to lose her a thousand times over again if it meant that I could love her between, and through, each of those losses.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. This was a sweet read from beginning to end with a touching conclusion. I'm looking forward to see what this author writes next!

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy through the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Adult Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback & ebook, 240 Pages
November 10th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape—until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that’s better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won’t be able to put down.

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About the Author

Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She loved taking creative writing classes, and was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. She also studied French and the humanities. Jessilyn grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with her husband and five boys.


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