A Pennymaker Tale
Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashton Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.
Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.
Sinders and Ash is a delightful take on Cinderella. The Pennymaker Tales, as they are known, are Lain’s faerie tales series. Carstairs Pennymaker – what an amazing name for a ‘fairy godfather’ – is a little leprechaun of a man with a twinkle in his eyes, loud suits, and a knowledge of just what to do and when.
I adored Mark’s persona. He made sense to me. His fears, his troubles, and his drive. Ash was a little more esoteric. If I say it feels like we got to know the surface side of him and not who he really is, hopefully you’ll get it. Don’t get me wrong. I liked Ash. I just don’t think we truly got to know him.
I also loved the way Lain included Beatrice, Bernice, and Bitsy, kind of this book’s version of the stepmother and stepsisters. For this book being about Mark and Ash, I feel we got to know Bitsy better than Ash. She was a great character.
And as with all good fairy tales, the ending was perfect. These are no grimm tales. Thank goodness.