The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood

Thank you to HarperCollins for the ARC.

A deliciously gothic story of wishes and curses – a new dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop full of lace and smoke.

Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.

Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must to decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay it.

This was such an amazing story and I always love a good retelling! I was hooked from the first section.

I really enjoyed the characters and the different arcs they had, especially the main character Eleanor. I loved how Eleanor found a escape in reading which a lot of people can relate to.

I loved the time that the book is set in which is the nineteenth century.

The Shadow in the Glass is an amazing debut book for J J A Harwood and I look forward to reading more books in the future.


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