This is a very, very soapy retelling of Cinderella, and it is this reader's opinion that a very, very soapy retelling of Cinderella is sometimes exactly what one needs. :) The dialogue is witty but infected with cliche, the protagonists are mostly likable but a bit cardboard, and the plot is somehow completely nutty and completely predictable all at the same time. Overall, I had a great time with it. Plus, you guys, how rad is Violet Bridgerton? And Posy? And Mrs. Crabtree? I feel like the story gave far more time and weight to the relationships between the female characters than the somewhat by-the-numbers romance, and I have no complaints.