A quick but very interesting read. I'm still getting used to reading books digitally but this was one of the first and totally turns around the Cinderella story in a most interesting and socially-conscious fashion. What would happen if beauty was more of a curse than a blessing? What would happen if poverty turned a desperate mother into an evil manipulator and simultaneously enabled her daughter into thinking for herself in old world Europe? While still demonstrating that kindness and generousity of spirit are vital attributes for anyone to nurture.