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Publisher's Summary

A housemaid needs some magical help when she falls for a high-society gentleman in this captivating historical fantasy full of wit, charm, and heart-fluttering romance.

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 her win Mr. Ashbrooke’s heart. All he asks in return is that Effie sew ten thousand stitches onto his favorite jacket.

Effie has heard rumors about what happens to those who accept magical bargains. 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 be Lord Blackthorn’s overwhelmingly good intentions. 

An enchanting faerie tale set in Olivia Atwater’s magical version of Regency England, Ten Thousand Stitches is “a delightful, romantic romp” (Hannah Whitten) with a Cinderella twist and heaps of heart. 

Praise for the Regency Faerie Tales

"Smart and subversive, these charming romances will ignite your heart—and your hope."—Shelley Parker-Chan

"Whimsical, witty, and brimming over with charm."—India Holton

"Sweeps you off your feet in the swooniest way possible."—Megan Bannen

"I wolfed this down with great pleasure."—KJ Charles

"Warm, sparkling with magic, dangerous, and delightful."—Tasha Suri

"Whimsical but never frivolous, sweet but not sugary. I loved it."—Alix E. Harrow

©2020 Olivia Atwater (P)2022 Orbit

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fairytale

A different telling of a fairytale, which was enchanting to say the less. throughly enjoyed the characters and production.

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Bit of a manifesto

I liked that the first book touched on social injustices without leaving the fairy tale behind. Also, it was funny. This one was more one dimensional. The characters were a bit flat, couldn’t quite believe the romantic development, I wished for a bit more of that. Some sweeter magic fairy tale to round off the class politics. It eventually reads like a union organizer’s manifesto. I ended up feeling tired instead of charmed. Not quite what I went in for.

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incredible story

I liked this a lot. I was hoping for more of the sharp wit and humor from the first book and when it didn’t come, I was a little bored with the story at first. I am glad I kept listening because I ended up loving the characters, the story, and the ending. The heroine has a vast inner strength you admire and I especially enjoyed getting to know one of the characters from the first book more. I still like the first better but I think some would prefer this sort of story over the first book.

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