23 April 2016

Review - The Glass Coffin

The Glass Coffin

by Kelly Martin

Series: A Shattered Fairy Tale (Book #3)
Genre: Regency, Romance, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Gertrude “Trudy” Dodsworth wants nothing more than to be with the love of her life, William Haddington, Earl of Waverly. Her father, the evil “sin collector” Frederick Dodsworth, forbids the union and sends Trudy and her mother far away to a town called Everdale. While there, Trudy catches the eye of the roguishly handsome and very controlling, Lawson Stockwell–also an earl. He asks for her hand in marriage. Trudy reluctantly agrees for the sake of her mother who has fallen suddenly ill.
William Haddington has hit a new low. Once thought of as a virtuous man, William has fallen from grace. Laden heavy with guilt, he trudges through life carrying the burden that is his to bear. He set the fire that disfigured Nicholas Wellington, The Beast of Ravenston. William goes to Everdale to start over, become himself again, try to move on, but when he sees the love of his life, Trudy, arm in arm with another man, he falls back into the bottle.
When the “gifts” begin appearing on his doorstep, William has no doubt they are from Lord Ravenston, who is known to get revenge on those who hurt him.
With time running out and his love for Trudy tearing him apart, William must decide if he will give into his feelings for her or force her to hate him forever.
Because The Beast is coming to Everdale.
And he’s coming to make William suffer.
Based on Sleeping Beauty

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Oh the historical drama!!! I hadn't read the previous books in the series but although I missed a few small background details, The Glass Coffin works as a standalone and didn't impact on my enjoyment of the story.

Several errors in judgement and a whole load of desperation lead a lovestruck William Haddington, Earl of Waverly into a bit of a mess. He lost the woman he loves and is suffering from a large amount of guilt. Drink and philandering are his coping mechanism of choice, but when faced with the prospect of Trudy marring someone else, he realises something else needs to be done.

Trudy Dodsworth is being forced into a loveless marriage with the too-good-to-be-true Earl, Lawson Stockwell by her overbearing and horrible father. I liked her sweet, yet fierce demeanour. She works hard to find her own happiness. Her small rebellions against the tyranny of her father were some of my favourite parts of the book.

William finds himself confronted by another secret in the form of the fearsome Beast. I wished I knew more about the Beast (his story is told in a previous story), but he proves to be a fearsome enemy...

The Glass Coffin is a sweet retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. I would have liked a little more insight into the character's emotions, because it was a little difficult to engage with them at times. Overall I liked the story and particularly appreciated Trudy's struggle.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Kelly Martin writes paranormal, contemporary, historical, and YA fiction. She has been married for over ten years and has three rowdy, angelic daughters. When she’s not writing, she loves taking picture of abandoned houses, watching horror gamers on YouTube– even though she’s a huge wimp– and drinking decaf white chocolate mochas. She’s a total fangirl, loves the 80s and 90s, and has a sad addiction to paranormal TV shows. {Basically, she likes creepy stuff.} Her favorite characters are the very flawed ‘good guys’–and ‘bad guys’ who don’t know they are evil. She loves giving her readers books with unexpected twists and turns, but (here’s a hint) most of her books have the ending spelled out in the first chapter. See if you can figure it out.
If you ever have a question or comment, feel free to email her at kellymartin215 @ yahoo . com ♥ You can follow her writing adventure here!


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