Everyone (unless they’re an alien from Mars) knows the story of Cinderella. Poor girl with wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters is transformed into a beautiful woman by her fairy godmother, goes to ball where prince falls head over heels in love with her, then the magic wears off and it all goes horribly wrong, until right at the end when she’s saved by a tiny shoe.
But what about those two stepsisters? Whatever happened to them? And what would happen if, in fact, one of those two was the prince’s soul mate, and not the beautiful Cinderella? Despite her rags and washer woman’s hands, Cinderella is pretty much perfect from the start. Beautiful hair, full rosebud lips, slender waist and sweet disposition (and she cooks and cleans). Doesn’t she just make you want to puke?
The ugly sisters have a tougher time of it. They’re not that attractive, which is a definite disadvantage in our society. Their role model is a horrible, greedy, selfish woman, and their feet are way too big to fit in a tiny shoe. The odds are not in their favour.
Nic Sinclair, the heroine of She Who Dares, has long considered herself to be the ugly sister. Her mum married a man with a beautiful daughter, and she grew up in that girl’s shadow. Her stepsister Ella has it all – the long blonde hair, the figure, all the attention from all the men. When Ella was learning how to flirt, Nic was elbow deep in grease with her stepdad, learning how to rebuild an engine. And although she loved every minute of it, she can’t help feeling jealous of Ella.
The ugly sisters are interesting because they’re not perfect. They’re flawed and real and their path to happiness is guaranteed to be a rocky one, because the changes they need to make go way beyond the external. No fancy frock is going to fix everything for these two.
Doesn’t that make you want to root for them even more?
The Ugly Duckling meets Top Gear when a plain Jane mechanic comes face-to-face with the bad boy of rally racing...
Nic Sinclair spends most of her time hiding under the bonnet of a car. With her obsession with engines, a total lack of feminine wiles, and a stepsister who looks like Barbie, she understands that it’s the safest place to be.
But when Nic’s stepsister sells her half of their vintage car business and does a runner, Nic is forced to set down her wrench and deal with the fallout. Soon she’s engaged in a battle of wills with her new business partner, superstar rally driver Sebastian Prince — a battle he dares her to win.
About the Author
Jane O’Reilly started writing as an antidote to kids’ TV when her youngest child was a baby. Her first novel was set in her old school and involved a ghost and lots of death. It’s unpublished, which is probably for the best. Then she discovered contemporary romance, and that, as they say, was that. She lives near London with her husband and two children.
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