A dark, imaginative, and romantic Alice in Wonderland prequel.
Recommended grade level: 7 and up
Pages: 453 (for ISBN 9781250044655)
Genre(s) and keywords: romance, fantasy, retellings
Tone/Style: dark, romantic
Pace: leisurely to moderate
Topics: Alice in Wonderland, magic, baking, royalty, nobility, unwanted marriages, Victorian, illicit romance, fairy tales (Alice in Wonderland isn’t quite a fairy tale, but it appeals to the same crowd so I’m sticking the tag in here.)
Themes: romantic love, societal roles, duty, falls from grace
Summary: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.