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    A Sweet Cinderella Story with a Few Twists

    Once Upon a Maiden Lane, the first of the two wrap-up novellas in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series is quite possibly the lightest story of this series so far. It’s a sweet fairy-tale about Mary Whitsun, one of the numerous Marys who were raised at the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children, who is now grown and working as a nursemaid. A handsome aristocrat recognizes her in a bookshop, insisting that she could be the long-lost twin of the woman to whom he is betrothed, thus setting in motion a Cinderella tale with a few unexpected twists and turns. Mary is an intelligent, independent girl, who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself but there’s an unmistakable sweetness about her that I loved. She falls hard and fast for the man she quickly discovers is actually her betrothed rather than her sister’s due to a marriage contract that was written upon the twins’ birth. Henry is a handsome charmer who is far more intrigued by Mary than her sister, whom he’s always thought of as more of a sister himself, and he isn’t the least bit put off that Mary grew up as an orphan and a servant. He simply loves her for herself, which made me love him. Overall, Once Upon a Maiden Lane was a great little story that I very much enjoyed. I loved the little mystery as to who was shooting at Mary and Henry and why. I didn’t figure that out until it was revealed and what a twisty reveal it was. I also enjoyed the reunion of all the past characters coming together for Mary and Henry’s nuptials. My only small complaint is that there’s only one love scene that doesn’t occur until the final few pages and it felt a tad rushed, but otherwise, this was a great novella that was a fun read.
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    Lovely romance for a series character

    A sweet romance (with a few love scenes) about a young woman raised in an orphanage who finds herself experiencing not just a change in status, but the love of an aristocrat too. Mary Whitsun grew up under Lady Caire and her family's generous hands (see several other of the Maiden Lane series for more about them) and as a servant now in the Caire household, she is content. A chance meeting in a bookshop changes everything when she's found to have the look of a twin girl who was kidnapped at birth and presumed dead. It also means, if she is that girl, that she's betrothed to Henry, Lord Blackwell, the man who found her at the bookshop. Henry may be a Lord but he shows a surprising sensitivity and care for her feelings as she copes with this sudden change in her life. However, someone isn't so thrilled with the appearance of a new heir, and that person wreaks a bit of havoc before they are found out. The ending isn't quite what one expects, but is lovely just the same. It's an enjoyable read and as always, lovely to see some of the Maiden Lane characters again.
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