- STAR RATING: 3.5 stars
PAGE LENGTH: 288 pages
- DATE PUBLISHED: July 19th 2022
- PUBLISHER: Orbit
WHAT SERIES? The Regency Faerie Tales series
- WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Half A Soul
- HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
- CONTENT WARNINGS: Domestic abuse, emotional abuse, misogyny
- IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for providing an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Regency housemaid Euphemia Reeves has acquired a faerie godfather. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he’s doing.
Effie has most inconveniently fallen in love with the dashing Mr Benedict Ashbrooke. There’s only one problem; Effie is a housemaid, and a housemaid cannot marry a gentleman. It seems that Effie is out of luck until she stumbles into the faerie realm of Lord Blackthorn, who is only too eager to help Effie win Mr Ashbrooke’s heart. All he asks in return is that Effie sew ten thousand stitches onto his favourite jacket.
Effie has heard rumours about what happens to those who accept help from faeries, but life as a maid at Hartfield is so awful that she is willing to risk even her immortal soul for a chance at something better. Now, she has one hundred days – and ten thousand stitches – to make Mr Ashbrooke fall in love and propose. . . if Lord Blackthorn doesn’t wreck things by accident, that is. For Effie’s greatest obstacle might well prove to be Lord Blackthorn’s overwhelmingly good intentions.
Ten Thousand Stitches is just as cute as Half a Soul, though I think I enjoyed it just a tad bit less. (Like almost miniscule amounts less.) To put it simply, I enjoyed Elias Wilder as a hero more than Lord Blackthorn. While I do love a gooey cinnamon roll of a hero, for some reason Lord Blackthorn read as more childish to me, than just pure innocence. Either way, I loved both books.
I thoroughly enjoyed that Atwater’s version of Cinderella actually starred a maid, and not a noblewoman forced down into servitude by horrible happenstance. I also very much enjoyed that Effie was well and truly angry about her position. It is so rare to see or have a historical romance heroine who sees the injustice in her own life, and is PISSED about it. I loved it. I loved her anger, and I loved that she ended up being able to use it to better everyone else’s (and her) life.
Though I had a slightly harder time with the romance in this one, I still very much enjoyed watching Effie and Lord Blackthorn fall in love. Especially since neither one of them appeared to realize that it was happening. I especially adored the scene when they were in faerie, and they were dancing the day away. It was incredibly romantic, and I loved the atmosphere that Atwater wrote in this particular scene. Though, now that I think back on it some more, I’m not even sure Lord Blackthorn and Effie even kiss once? I need more spice than that.
Ten Thousand Stitches is a good entry into the Regency Faerie Tale series, and I can’t wait to jump right into the next one.