So This is Love
What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she's the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king's visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella's own Fairy Godmother. Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it's too late.

So This is Love Details

TitleSo This is Love
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368013826
Rating
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

So This is Love Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ((SQUEEEEEEEEE))I didn't even know this was happening.This is amazing, wonderful, magical news!!!Now, if only my fairy godmother could conjure me up an ARC...
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    this title is what I muttered when I got my first library card| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    So This is Love is the ninth book in the A Twisted Tale series and it is written by author Elizabeth Lim. I love the idea behind the A twisted tale series. Each of the books takes a different, and often times darker, spin on a classic Disney story. They are written by different authors and they can be read as standalone novels, but they are all so much fun that I would recommend reading them all. So This is Love is a twist based on Disneys Cinderella. So This is Love takes the original So This is Love is the ninth book in the A Twisted Tale series and it is written by author Elizabeth Lim. I love the idea behind the A twisted tale series. Each of the books takes a different, and often times darker, spin on a classic Disney story. They are written by different authors and they can be read as standalone novels, but they are all so much fun that I would recommend reading them all. So This is Love is a twist based on Disney’s Cinderella. So This is Love takes the original Cinderella story line and adds a pretty big twist into the mix- What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Umm, yes please! I honestly had no idea where Elizabeth Lim was going to take us with this story. The twist is a big one, and I was super excited to read this re-imagining. And like almost all of the Twisted Tale stories, I have read- So This is Love was fun, and full of twists and turns. It is hard to make such a well known story surprisingly, but I loved Elizabeth Lim’s twist on the classic Cinderella story.I have to say, I think I enjoyed So This is Love even more than the original Cinderella. I felt like I got to know the characters better, and the romance felt even more romantic and real. In So This is Love, Cinderella does not initially get discovered as the princess, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Not to catch herself a prince, but rather to give herself a new life. I loved how spirited and strong Cinderella was. She finds work as a seamstress, and somehow still finds herself at the castle. There the story takes on a whole new twist. One that I loved. There is a conspiracy afoot! And Cinderella finds herself unwittingly in the middle of it. I loved the darker element of someone trying to overthrow the prince and the king. It is fitting with the darker twists of the twisted tale series, and it worked wonderfully with this story.I felt like this was the Cinderella story that was always meant to be told. It has everything fans of the classic will love, but it was a richer, deeper plot. I think readers will fall in love with their favorite characters all over again, and see them in a new light. I loved this one. So This is Love May be my favorite Twisted Tale Yet! I need to read Elizabeth Lim’s other Twisted Tale story- reflections, which is based on Mulan, and I am also super excited to read We have Straight on Till Morning, which is based on Peter Pan. Bring on ALL OF THE TWISTED TALE. I love this series. If you have not read any of the books in this series, you are missing out.
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!Freaking out!Can't breathe.....(heh ooh eeh)I am so excited! I have read four books in the series. I plan on reading Reflection (Mulan), Mirror Mirror(Snow White), Conceal Don't Fill ( Frozen), and the new Peter Pan retelling. The other books were just such amazing retellings, I can only imagine how, So This Is Love, will turn out! On reading list.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. I knew I would like it, Cinderella retellings are my absolute favorite retellings, but I didn't realize how much I would love this book. It takes everything I love about the original movie and expands upon it. The characters and romance are more fleshed out and I just loved how Cinderella acknowledged that a man wasn't the solution to all her problems. If she wanted a better life, she would craft one for herself instead of waiting for a man to come I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. I knew I would like it, Cinderella retellings are my absolute favorite retellings, but I didn't realize how much I would love this book. It takes everything I love about the original movie and expands upon it. The characters and romance are more fleshed out and I just loved how Cinderella acknowledged that a man wasn't the solution to all her problems. If she wanted a better life, she would craft one for herself instead of waiting for a man to come along. It was great! Throw in plots against the royal family and prejudices against fairies and you have one entertaining tale. Plus, did I mention there are more balls in this book? Because there are and it's awesome.
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  • David Angle
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book to come out now. Trying to not read the plot. (Ill read the twist for sure). But Im very excited the Mulan writer is tackling Cinderella. I did get Straight on Till Morning cuz I heard it does Wendy Darlings character justice and treated with maturity. (Im REALLY not into Frozen right now and really wish it actually had more in elements from the OG Hans Christian Anderson Tale).But heres a REALLY wild twist...but WHAT IF Enchanted got its own twisted tale? I LOVE Giselle and I need this book to come out now. Trying to not read the plot. (I’ll read the twist for sure). But I’m very excited the Mulan writer is tackling Cinderella. I did get Straight on Till Morning cuz I heard it does Wendy Darling’s character justice and treated with maturity. (I’m REALLY not into Frozen right now and really wish it actually had more in elements from the OG Hans Christian Anderson Tale).But here’s a REALLY wild twist...but WHAT IF Enchanted got its own twisted tale? I LOVE Giselle and feel like she is super underrated.
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  • Rosie_Posie_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you my Goodreads friends who sent me this page! :D I'm so freaking excited this is one of the best news I had all week! This plus a Marissa Meyer book announcement. I cannot wait until 2020 it's going be a good year for reading! :D
  • ضحى الحداد
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsI really enjoyed this new take on the tale of Cinderella where Magic barely had any role in the story, it's all about courage and kindness and love this new take is about what if the prince never found Cinderella and she never tried on the glass slipper, she remains in the clutches of her step mother .. but hope comes from the most unexpected places, and it's up to Cinderella to save the King and the country from a worse evil this series is very enjoyable specially if you are a Disney 4.25 StarsI really enjoyed this new take on the tale of Cinderella where Magic barely had any role in the story, it's all about courage and kindness and love this new take is about what if the prince never found Cinderella and she never tried on the glass slipper, she remains in the clutches of her step mother .. but hope comes from the most unexpected places, and it's up to Cinderella to save the King and the country from a worse evil this series is very enjoyable specially if you are a Disney fanatic like I am, I hope there is more of these in the future
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  • Jana (HokuGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was the Cinderella story I have been waiting for to fall in love with the characters and story! So good! More review to come.
  • Myah
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this on my Hoopla app and I'm crying! This was really cute. I loved the messages in the story and relationships. Some telling in the writing, but overall it fit. I wanted to read it because I enjoyed Reflection by Elizabeth Lim and I feel like she did not disappoint
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  • Nhi
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5Another twisted tales! I'm again reminded why I liked these so much. I loved watching Disney movies growing up. To see the classic fairy tale of Cinderella be turned into a young-adult book, I just had to read it. My favorite character was probably the Duchess. She had such a good heart even if she doesn't show it. And a wise sense of humor, too. You'll see why once you read the book. Which I highly suggest you do!
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  • Brandy Loutherback
    January 1, 1970
    This could be a good book!!! Disney kind of shot itself in the foot! Remember Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, and Twist Charmed?
  • Kelly H (Readallaboutit)
    January 1, 1970
    Another AMAZING book in this series! This was my first book by Elizabeth Lim, and oh, goodness, how I loved it!! I will for sure be picking up others by her! I love how it took a resemblance to the third movie, and with Mrs. Lim's awesome writing, it made it even better!! Cinderella is such a wonderful role model for all people. No matter what, she always tries to look on the bright side of things, she has courage along with bravery and kindness! Even her forgivingness of all the horrible things Another AMAZING book in this series! This was my first book by Elizabeth Lim, and oh, goodness, how I loved it!! I will for sure be picking up others by her! I love how it took a resemblance to the third movie, and with Mrs. Lim's awesome writing, it made it even better!! Cinderella is such a wonderful role model for all people. No matter what, she always tries to look on the bright side of things, she has courage along with bravery and kindness! Even her forgivingness of all the horrible things she endured. I think we all can learn a thing or two from her; along with Prince Charles as well! He showed such loyalty to her, (even when he didn't know who she was!), and he didn't care that she had been a servant or a commoner. He loved her for her and her heart. I found that to be one of the sweetest elements of this book! I loved how it was twisted around where the *villain's name* was the villain. I never really did like that person anyway, so it was pretty cool (not gonna lie) to see that side of them and their reasonings. This book was clean, too which was another plus!! No language, no explicit things, not one thing that was objectionable! Overall, this was such an amazing book and I highly recommend it!!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a nice retelling of Cinderella. A little more action pack, with twists and full of surprises.
  • Shireen Hakim
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! I love Cinderella!This is my second favourite Twisted Tale book. An enjoyable read. Cinderella is still sweet and kind, but gains independence and self-confidence and a few friends. It's great to see her character develop and her interests grow towards her career and philanthropic goals, rather than just the prince.
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  • Kloe
    January 1, 1970
    I am so damn hyped for this book!!!! I love Cinderella and finally theres a twisted tale about it , cant wait !!!! I am so damn hyped for this book!!!! I love Cinderella and finally there’s a twisted tale about it , can’t wait !!!!
  • Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
    January 1, 1970
    Huge thanks to Disney Books and Big Honcho Media for the review copy! All thoughts are my own.I LOVED IT!!!!*Sighs* So This IS Love is such a charming read, I enjoyed every minute of it. It follows the same storyline as the animated Disney movie until the part where Cinderella is about to try the glass slipper, (which she doesn't get the chance to try it on) and that's where everything turns to chaos. And omg, I could picture the whole story in my mind's eye. Petition to make this book into a Huge thanks to Disney Books and Big Honcho Media for the review copy! All thoughts are my own.I LOVED IT!!!!*Sighs* So This IS Love is such a charming read, I enjoyed every minute of it. It follows the same storyline as the animated Disney movie until the part where Cinderella is about to try the glass slipper, (which she doesn't get the chance to try it on) and that's where everything turns to chaos. And omg, I could picture the whole story in my mind's eye. Petition to make this book into a movie, please!!!!So, Cinderella manages to get away from her evil stepmother and ends up with an opportunity to work in the palace. I loved meeting new characters like Louisa who quickly becomes one of her friends and even the demanding King's sister, the duchess Genevieve. Also, we get a few chapters with Prince Charles and I loved them all. We rarely get to see him in the movie and it was very refreshing to read about him as well as Cinderella's POV.All in all, this book was AMAZING and I was literally humming and listening to the Cinderella's movie sountrack as I was reading. It definitely has Disney's magic, so sooooo good!! Cannot recommend it enough!
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  • Elizabeth DeGroate
    January 1, 1970
    It was a nicely paced novel, full of twists and turns. Could have been a little more fleshed out in the storyline, but all in all a nice easy read. I took a star away because there was minimal usage of her animal friends- something that she is known for.This story runs basically how you'd expect it to.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This has probably been my favorite twisted tale. I really liked that the prince and Cinderella have some interactions which eliminated instalove. The way the villain was handled was interesting too and not necessarily what I would expect. The twist happens really early on in the book, too, so the reimagining and new material begins pretty much immediately. This has probably been my favorite twisted tale. I really liked that the prince and Cinderella have some interactions which eliminated instalove. The way the villain was handled was interesting too and not necessarily what I would expect. The “twist” happens really early on in the book, too, so the reimagining and new material begins pretty much immediately.
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  • Nandini
    January 1, 1970
    This book was soooo amazing and completely absorbed me in Cinderellas world and the kingdom of Aurelais. The romance and the mystery made the book impossible to put down and I grew a little too attached to the new characters 😂 This is by far one of the best books from the twisted tales series and probably one of the best books Ive ever read! This book was soooo amazing and completely absorbed me in Cinderella’s world and the kingdom of Aurelais. The romance and the mystery made the book impossible to put down and I grew a little too attached to the new characters 😂 This is by far one of the best books from the twisted tales series and probably one of the best books I’ve ever read!
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  • Julia R. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this version of Cinderella. If you are a fan of Cinderella you are going to truly enjoy reading this twisted tale version.
  • Nick Sweet
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read this story by Elizabeth Lim that delves into the story of Cinderella and changes the story based on the fact that she did not get to try on the glass slipper when the Duke came to her household. While not as good as my favorite of the Twisted Tales, "Reflection", also by Lim, this was an enjoyable read. Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora for me have always been very one dimensional princesses, as the first three who came in the 40's and 50's, where women were expected to be I was excited to read this story by Elizabeth Lim that delves into the story of Cinderella and changes the story based on the fact that she did not get to try on the glass slipper when the Duke came to her household. While not as good as my favorite of the Twisted Tales, "Reflection", also by Lim, this was an enjoyable read. Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora for me have always been very one dimensional princesses, as the first three who came in the 40's and 50's, where women were expected to be nothing else save pretty. Both the takes on Snow White (Jen Calonita's "Mirror Mirror") and Aurora (Liz Braswell's "Once Upon A Dream") took both of these princesses in more of a warrior direction. I am glad Lim did not do the same with Cinderella, and made her a different kind of hero. I am looking forward to her next Twisted Tale outing.
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  • Carissa
    January 1, 1970
    If one looked carefully, sewn onto the cushion upon the slippers stood was the word for what Cinderella and the Prince found to be even greater than magic, than dreams, than happily ever afters, than even hopeIt was love. So this is love of a book. It was enchanting, breathtaking, and every step of the way you keep trying to guess what happens next. Beautifully written. 👍 “If one looked carefully, sewn onto the cushion upon the slippers stood was the word for what Cinderella and the Prince found to be even greater than magic, than dreams, than happily ever afters, than even hope—It was love.” So this is love of a book. It was enchanting, breathtaking, and every step of the way you keep trying to guess what happens next. Beautifully written. 👍
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  • Tara Fry
    January 1, 1970
    Loved This Take On The Story Of CinderellaThis was a twisted fairy tale. I won't reveal any of this sweet story, except to say that the difference from the real story begins when the Duke is unable to try the glass slipper on Cinderella. This was a well-written alternative ending, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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  • Carlotta
    January 1, 1970
    This was the sweetest Cinderella story I've ever read! I loved ever bit of it and it had me in all smiles. I only wish it had more back story to Lady Traimaine and her daughters, besides that this book was awesome!😍💙💜💙🐦 This was the sweetest Cinderella story I've ever read! I loved ever bit of it and it had me in all smiles. I only wish it had more back story to Lady Traimaine and her daughters, besides that this book was awesome!😍💙💜💙🐦🥰
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  • Kirsti Call
    January 1, 1970
    "Shuffling into her room, she took off her borrowed dress and flung it over her choir. Then, burying her face in her hands, she collapsed onto her bed."This fractured fairy tale is another fun installment to the A TWISTED TALE series. I love the depth and complexity that a novel gives these otherwise two dimensional disney fairytales. Cinderella is an empowered young woman with some difficult choices that ultimately lead to her helping others and herself. This is a fun fast read for anyone who "Shuffling into her room, she took off her borrowed dress and flung it over her choir. Then, burying her face in her hands, she collapsed onto her bed."This fractured fairy tale is another fun installment to the A TWISTED TALE series. I love the depth and complexity that a novel gives these otherwise two dimensional disney fairytales. Cinderella is an empowered young woman with some difficult choices that ultimately lead to her helping others and herself. This is a fun fast read for anyone who enjoys Cinderella in all her various forms!
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  • Meredith Spidel
    January 1, 1970
    My kids LOVE the Twisted Tales from Disney and are super-excited to get the latest release--thanks for sending us an ARC, Disney Books! This one is so fun and a perfect way to keep the Disney creative flowing! A win!
  • LeoReader
    January 1, 1970
    So, originally when I had bought my copy of this Twisted Tale I was already reading another book and I told myself I was going to finish that book before I started this one... Yeah. We saw how far that got.😅Publication: April 7th 2020Synopsis: What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper?Unable to prove that she's the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the So, originally when I had bought my copy of this Twisted Tale I was already reading another book and I told myself I was going to finish that book before I started this one... Yeah. We saw how far that got.😅Publication: April 7th 2020Synopsis: What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper?Unable to prove that she's the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king's visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella's own Fairy Godmother.Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it's too late.Review/Thoughts: Cinderella's tale has always been magical and when you throw it in with the rest of the Twisted Tales something just as magical is bound to come from the twisted retelling. I'm surprised Cinderella didn't get a book in this series sooner than what she did. I figured she would have gotten a book sooner on account that her story had been told time and time again it's that popular.Our tale begins on the night Cinderella had the chance to make her dreams come true, the night of the grand ball. Everything happens as it does. Clock strikes midnight. Cinderella runs from the prince. The next day the proclamation is announced and the Duke is sent out to the houses with the glass slipper. Within the first 20-25 pages of this Twisted Tale the happily ever after Cinderella gets within the movie is shattered. Everything is turned against her.Cinderella had to rely less on her Fairy Godmother's magic in this book. She had to try and make a fresh start and a way in life without it, and she did pretty good on her own. She ends up getting her happily ever after, but just not in the way she expected. And so much was thrown at her as an attempt to keep her from getting there.In this book we got to spend a lot more time with the Prince which I loved! You have the chance to get to know him better. His relationship with his father, his aunt, the Duke and how he feels towards the people of his kingdom. His relationship with his aunt is defiantly my favorite. He can be himself a little more freely around her than he can with his father or even the Duke. How he was written, his actions, his personality in this book easily made him my favorite character."Dreams don't leave behind glass slippers," said Genevieve sensibly. -Page 163Genevieve is one of those people who once you get to know and spend time with them, they grow on you. And she did grow on me as I read deeper into the story. I love this quote from her. I feel like it goes excellently with Cinderella's story, and dare I say it sums it up as a whole?The Duke played a much larger role than I expected him to, which isn't bad. I just wasn't expecting to see him as much as I did throughout the book. He was an interesting character to follow in this book, and if the story wouldn't have had him or had replaced him with someone else I assure you it would not have been the same! Nor would it have been as good if he had been replaced.Those cute moments between Prince Charles and Cinderella were adorable. I was grinning every time they got together. The dialogue between just the two of them was everything! The moments they shared couldn't have been done any better. The scene where Charles finally finds out who his "princess with the glass slippers" is was so well done that I had to go back and read it twice.The romance and mystery of this tale kept me glued to it. (Seriously, I had read about 100 pages in one sitting and I binged the rest of the book in my next reading session.) This story pulled me along. The twist and turns it took kept me on edge, and at times holding my breath and heart almost racing, the only thing I think it could have improved upon was more interaction between Cinderella and the animals...or at the very least more with mice. Yes, her dog is throughout the story quite a bit, but Cinderella made friends with animals so I just wished she would have interacted a little more with them than what she does.~Till the next Chapter~You can also find me on:WordPress: https://wordpress.com/view/areaderswo...Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shylas_sher...
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  • Kitty
    January 1, 1970
    So I normally LOVE Elizabeth Lim, and Im a huge Disney fan, so I was really excited for this book. If you enjoy an incredibly well written romance and lovely descriptions to go with you story, I would definitely recommend Spin the Dawn by Lim. With that said, So This is Love kind of fell flat for me. Lims fantastic writing is definitely there, but I got kind of bored about halfway through the book and found it kind of hard to finish. The twist itself was fun and innovative, but the stakes were So I normally LOVE Elizabeth Lim, and I’m a huge Disney fan, so I was really excited for this book. If you enjoy an incredibly well written romance and lovely descriptions to go with you story, I would definitely recommend Spin the Dawn by Lim. With that said, So This is Love kind of fell flat for me. Lim’s fantastic writing is definitely there, but I got kind of bored about halfway through the book and found it kind of hard to finish. The twist itself was fun and innovative, but the stakes were kind of lame and it wasn’t really a page turner for me. Cinderella was kind of lackluster of a character, which I think came as a problem because Lim was trying to stay close to the original. The Prince, Charles, was expanded on and I enjoyed his development, but their romance together didn’t really spark anything for me. I guess it’s because I’m more of a slow burn kind of gal and this book gave me insta love. Not that it’s the author’s fault, and I think she really tried to make the characters work for that romance. I think a lot of the issues come from this being an already established story with just a slight twist and this is an official Disney publication. I don’t mean to compare books, but the author really shines in her own series where she can build her characters from the ground up rather than use the bare bones characters provided from a movie created in the 50’s. Overall, if you’re a fan of Lim’s style, give this one a try. If you’re a huge Cinderella fan, you’ll probably enjoy the story, but if you’re looking for complex characters, romance, and storytelling, you won’t find that here. I have not read Lim’s Mulan “Twisted Tale” but plan to in the near future.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Magic. Hope. Love.These three themes radiate in Elizabeth Lims So This Is Love and challenge Cinderella to chart her own course beyond the fairytale ending we know from Disneys Cinderella. So This is Love is the ninth book in Disneys Twisted Tales series and the second book in the series written by Elizabeth Lim. The stories answer critical what if questions that change the course of famous Disney films.What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Powerless to prove that shes the missing Magic. Hope. Love.These three themes radiate in Elizabeth Lim’s So This Is Love and challenge Cinderella to chart her own course beyond the fairytale ending we know from Disney’s Cinderella. So This is Love is the ninth book in Disney’s Twisted Tales series and the second book in the series written by Elizabeth Lim. The stories answer critical “what if” questions that change the course of famous Disney films.What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Powerless to prove that she’s the missing princess and determined to resist Lady Tremaine’s plans for her, Cinderella attempts a fresh start and is given work as a seamstress at the palace. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the Duchess of Orlanne, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to overthrow the King and his son, Prince Charles, and to cement longstanding prejudices against fairies – including Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Elizabeth Lim’s So This is Love and Reflection (based on Mulan) take classic Disney heroines and project them into new situations. They are given an unprecedented voice and the opportunity to grow and develop into multidimensional, active female leads appealing to old and new audiences.
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