As Kate begins to take on her role as Keeper of the
Wardrobe, she begins to understand the dresses were only the
beginning. Now, there is the mystery of where Cinderella's
shoes are, and Nessa and her family, the original
descendants of Cinderella, are being very vague about what
might have happened to them. On a journey to Europe, Kate
will discover more about herself and her family than she
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series,
CINDERELLA'S DRESS, I don't like the follow up, CINDERELLA'S
SHOES, as much. This sequel brings the enjoyable mysteries
of the first book over, with plenty of new ones to deepen
the suspense, and the family relationships are once again
well done. Kate's relationships with her Aunt Elise, her
father, and her family history are nuanced and
thought-provoking, and the larger theme on the extent that
our families define us is excellent.
However, something about this book didn't pull me in like
the first one. While plenty of action is happening, I
struggled to connect with Kate and the other characters.
Kate's character growth is nice as she learns her place in
the tangled Cinderella web, but her pushover attitude about
Nessa drags on for a little too long. Likewise, outside of
the beginning of the story, Johnny seems one-dimensional,
and he fades a good distance into the background for most of
the story. However, some of the new characters are
interesting, such as Lidka, who always seems to know a secret.
While Shonna Slayton's CINDERELLA'S DRESS was lovely, I
overall felt some of that original spark lacked in
CINDERELLA'S SHOES. Even so, I would recommend this series
to YA historical readers for the complex mysteries and the
fascinating twists on the Cinderella story.
The war may be over, but Kate Allen's life is still in
upheaval. Not only has she discovered that Cinderella was
real, but now she's been made Keeper of the Wardrobe, her
sole responsibility to protect Cinderella's mystical dresses
from the greed of the evil stepsisters' modern descendants.
But Cinderella's dresses are just the beginning. It turns
out that the priceless glass slippers might actually exist,
too, and they could hold the power to reunite lost loved
ones like her father-missing in action since World War II
ended. As Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, embark on an
adventure from New York to Italy and Poland in search of the
mysterious slippers, they will be tested in ways they never
Because when you harness Cinderella's magic, danger and evil
are sure to follow...