3 Hearts · YA Contemporary

Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.

Does she dare to hope someone might notice her?

However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past?

Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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Received an ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Cinderella has so many different interpretations that sometimes it is difficult to keep track of which one is which. Well, this one is in its own category of christian romance. Now I am not against anything Christian based. This one was focused on a young women finding love within herself and God, instead of seeking love and validation through others. The overall plot and concept were great. I think the evil step-mother and step-sisters were well portrayed and still seen as human. The father was not dead in this story, he was more neglectful and absent emotional towards Jane. Our Cinderella, also known as, Jane (Plain Jane) was an independent red-head that seek solace. Her pets were peculiar. She had a pet bird that would sit on her shoulder everywhere she went. She also had a horse that didn’t like anyone in a white hat. Her god-mother figure (ironically) her step-mothers sister.

The author did a great job with bring life and compassion from the readers towards Jane’s step-mother. We learn about her history and struggles that she went through at a younger age.  The questions about the choices she made and the motivation behind her actions was address by the aunt. That was helpful. It was one thing I truly liked about the book.

Our Prince Charming was Price Moreland. He moves to Australia to help move God’s work forward, but earns his living by being a dentist/barber. He is like a missionary, but not a full-time type. He works and seeks for opportunities to talk and share about God’s work. He runs into prejudice and discrimination from the town folks, when he brings an ‘Asian’ man to church service. He tries to show compassion, but his own personal struggles get in the way. When things become to difficult for him to deal with, he rather avoid confrontation. He, for lack of a better phrase, runs-away. He did it with his family in the Americas and he does it again with his relationship with Jane.

So there were a few positive things I liked about the book. The characterization was written well. The personal growth and development of our two main characters was well paced. I liked the relationship that Jane had with her aunt and the spiritual strength she would give her.

Now there were some parts of the book I just skipped over, because I couldn’t keep reading pages and pages of internal struggle with spiritual matters. I just couldn’t do it. You can call me a heathen if you must, but it just felt redundant.

However, the book is good for anyone that once a clean family friendly story.

I give the book 3 hearts. Not bad, but I will most likely not read again.

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