A Love Story

Children - Mythology/Fairy Tale
130 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2019
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Author Biography

Born in 1960, author Gina LoBiondo grew up loving faerie tales. Not surprisingly, Cinderella was her favourite. She began writing stories of her own when she was 13 and continues to do so today whenever time and ideas allow. In 2008 she formed Nephthys Publications and in 2011 published her first book Pegasus – A Dragon’s Tale, an eleven-time book award winner. Other books by her include Button Nose the Sad Little Bear (winner of six awards), Cinderella – A Play in Two Acts and Pegasus – Another Dragon’s Tale (to be released soon). Gina enjoys reading, writing, listening to old-time radio programmes and watching classic silent films.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite

In Gina LoBiondo’s version of Cinderella, Ella’s father does not die, but her life is just as miserable as if he had. The wicked stepmother and stepsisters, "the Ladies Three", are still around and up to no good as expected. Cinderella is mistreated and serves as a slave to her new family and dreams of a happy life as she remembers how it used to be. When it’s time for Cinderella to go to the ball, which lasts two days in this version, her fairy godmother is a surprise to her and to the reader. As usual, happily ever after still comes, but with some new twists. Ella shows her kindness and generosity to those who have abused her as she and Prince Andrew prepare to wed. And what becomes of the evil stepmother? You will have to read Cinderella: A Love Story to find out.

Cinderella: A Love Story by Gina LoBiondo is a unique and interesting retelling of a favorite classic. With the bones of the original story intact, this version offers a new perspective and unexpected events that add to the charm as we revisit the familiar characters. Gina LoBiondo transforms this lovely classic into a familiar yet new story. Maintaining all of the key elements, she has managed to introduce new elements that change the story without altering the integrity of the original. It is difficult to take something so well known and loved and add your own spin to it, but Gina has managed to pull it off. This is a charming story that the reader is sure to enjoy.

Frances Oda

Enjoyed the book! Gina has a creative and an imaginative mind which made this book so captivating. Can't wait to read it to my granddaughter.

Lyn Belcher

This is a wonderful re-telling of a beloved story, but with a sweet, heart-warming twist. A must read from a talented Author. The beautiful illustrations by Donna Sterpe gives life to this charming story. A story to delight all ages.