by Melissa James

October 2004
ISBN: 0373197411
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Who among us hasnít dreamed of winning a lottery or a sweepstakes and the change it could have on our lives? Thatís the dream of not only Abigail Lucinda Miles but also of Ben Capriati. Each has a very different idea of how winning would change their lives.

Ben thinks he has won the Lakelands Childrenís Charity Sweepstakes Draw 224. Heís enjoying his prizes before selling them to fund his future as a doctor. A twist occurs when Abigail arrives on his doorstep with an official from the charity claiming she has won the prizes. Seems that there was a technical problem, and two identical tickets were printed. Who is the true winner? What will happen to the other person?

Now the body of the story develops. Ben and Abigail (Lucy as she prefers to be called) are about as opposite as two people can be. They have an instant attraction to one another, but are both determined to fight it for different reasons. Ben because his family believes that they have been cursed to fall for women as opposite from themselves as they can be, and Lucy because sheís been engaged to Hugh for years.

For Lucy and Ben nothing goes quite as planned. The more they are together the more they both find that maybe the future they have planned for themselves isnít quite right. Ms. James has written a book where the characters are attracted to each other, but feel as though they are meant for something different, and instead of abandon their dreams and goals allows them to explore their futures independently.

Cinderellaís Lucky Ticket reminded me of fairy tale with a mix of Pygmalion thrown in. I laughed and cried, and cheered for every bit of strength and backbone Lucy picked up along the way. I discovered Ms. James as a debut author, and have to say that she has just gotten better with time. Now, I hope she continues to explore this new side of her personality, the one that allows her to write romantic comedy.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Sandi.

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