"Revenge is not always sweet..."
BELLE OF THE BALL by McCutcheon is an entertaining story of
discovering that revenge is not always sweet and some
things are more important, namely love.
While on an outing with three handsome men, Belle and her
two sisters dutifully make a wish at the Garden of the Gods
for husbands. They make their wishes to the Three Graces
of Mount Olympus as their mother did twenty years before
them. When they overhear their dates make fun of them, all
three girls are devastated by the comments and Belle wishes
for revenge while secretly still wishing for the love of
her date, Kit. The Three Graces decide to grant the girls
their wishes: Belle, her beauty, revenge and the love of
Kit, who had already apologized to the girls, agrees to
Belle's proposal to help make her beautiful. She feels if
she is beautiful, she will be able to attract all three
men, make them fall in love with her and then scorn and
humiliate all three. What she didn't count on was her
feelings for Kit. Belle decides if she can't have Kit, she
will at least try to have once what she will never have
again, Kit's love.
Because Kit needs the money to pay a blackmailer, he agrees
to help Belle for a fee. He transforms her appearance as
well as her self-confidence while slowly falling for Belle
himself. But Kit knows she has a secret man she is out to
impress and he stands no chance with her. The Founder Day
Ball arrives and Kit escorts Belle, although he suspects
she will try to get her revenge on him, as he has long ago
guessed her motives.
By the end, the Three Graces are pleased with the results
and decide to move on to the next sister's wishes...
Charisma's for true charm and Grace's for true grace.
This story was a pleasing lesson of love prevailing over
blackmail, revenge and misunderstandings. The characters
were colorful and interesting and the ending left this
reader wanting to read the other two sisters' stories.
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Reviewed by Carol Wilson Carbaugh
Posted December 22, 2002