I grabbed this book off of a co-workers bookshelf before the end of the school year to tool up for summer reading. I have loved the painting for quite some time, and the idea that someone created a story around the girl was truly fascinating.
I liked this book. It is the story of a girl who must help provide for her family and becomes a maid six days a week for a wealthier family. Her master is a painter, her mistress is less than fond of her and she is to assist in caring for their children while tending to her chores. This is her story.
I really liked this book. It isn't a hard read and I think that it would even be enjoyable to teens. It is a good depiciton of a different society, and I would even look into some of her other works. Not a book that I would call amazing, but it was a fun escape read - slightly above brain candy level I would say. I hear the movie is really good too, but movies created about books that I have read have been more disappointing than not.
On to Ella Enchanted - I love summers. :)