NOT ALL FAIRYTALES END AT MIDNIGHT
Elle Davenport is no princess—she just dresses up as one for her job at a local theme park. But when she gets the call that she’s won a contest to live and work at a real-life castle in Virginia, she finally feels like she’s found her calling. If she’s successful, her venture could become permanent, and that sounds like Elle’s idea of the perfect modern-day fairytale. There’s only one problem: the castle’s grumpy—and sexy—new owner wants her gone as soon as possible.
Theo Langdon never imagined he’d inherit the title of Earl of Highcastle so young. With his grandfather’s recent death, he needs to sell Rosemont Castle so he can return to London. If only he wasn’t butting heads with the vivacious new property manager at every corner. Although he’s got a life waiting for him in London, Rosemont Castle suddenly feels a lot like home, thanks to Elle. As the clock winds down on her time at the castle, he’ll have to reconcile his obligations in London with the American woman who’s stolen his heart.
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The Princess and The Earl
Elle, like any other girl, dreamed of her prince someday sweeping her off her feet and happily ever afters. Instead, at twenty-five she finds herself playing a princess at Disney World after a failed attempt at acting. Her dad wants her to "be like her half sisters" and get a college degree, but that's not where Elle's heart is. Elle's not exactly sure what she wants to do...until she receives a call. Elle and her two best friends are the winners of a competition that requires them to live in a real-life castle!
Elle and her friends quit their jobs, pack their things and head to Rosemont Castle to live and work for six months. They will have to put their proposed business plan into action and earn a profit or they'll be sent home. Failure is NOT an option! Elle and her friends hope to turn Rosemont Castle into a bed & breakfast of sorts combined with the opportunity to adopt a rescue pet. When they arrive, they are instead informed that the castle is up for sale. Wanting to honor his grandfather's wishes, Theo approaches the girls with a compromise. He will give them three months to prove their ideas are profitable. If not, he'll pay them $10,000 each and their job is complete. If they're successful, he'll try to sell the castle to someone who will continue their business. Elle and her best friends vow to prove Theo wrong and make Rosemont profitable--so profitable that he will change his mind and not put the castle up for sale. What Elle doesn't expect, is to find her Prince...Or Earl.
Woohoo🙌🏻. Such a good story with a unique touch. Combining pet rescue, a bed & breakfast (castle), and an Earl into a Cinderella story takes a lot of imagination. Rachel Lacey hits a homerun with her version of Cinderella! I loved that Elle was able to "show" Theo the love that went into his grandfather's castle and that love is more important than money. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.