The three Sullivan sisters, named for the Three Graces of Greek legend who embody beauty, charm and grace, don’t live up to their names. Belle is no beauty. Charisma lacks charm. And Grace is somewhat less than graceful. But this doesn’t deter their ambitious mother from bribing three bachelors to escort them to Colorado Springs’ beautiful Garden of the Gods.
When the girls overhear their escorts mocking how little they resemble their names, each girl makes a wish at the magical Three Graces rock formation. Belle wishes aloud for beauty, but only so she can use it as a weapon to punish the cads who hurt her sisters. Her true wish is for revenge.
Handsome viscount Kit Stanhope regrets his rude remarks and apologizes to Belle. He’s surprised when she tells him that’s not enough. If he truly regrets his behavior, he has to make her beautiful in time for the Founders’ Day Ball. Kit isn’t sure he’s up to the task. But, intrigued by the spirited Belle, he agrees to assist her transformation from an ugly duckling into a swan with the help of a mysterious Greek dressmaker with muse-like qualities.
Unfortunately, Belle makes a rather awkward swan. Still, after a few embarrassing escapades, she masters the flirtatious language of the fan and takes the town known as Little London by storm. Belle soon finds herself falling for the viscount and his sinful mouth. It seems he returns her regard, but she can’t renege on her promise to humiliate him . . . can she? Will her secret muse grant the wish she voiced . . . or the one she holds in her heart?
Note to readers: This title was originally published in 2003 by Zebra Ballad.
“Deliciously witty and heartwarming…you’ll be enchanted!”
— Maureen McKade, author of His Unexpected Wife
“What fun! This is the comment that rang through my head as I sped through the pages of Pam McCutcheon’s latest story, Belle of the Ball…Ms. McCutcheon provides a worthy hero in Kit Stanhope who grows from a cad to a gentlemen of the most gallant sort, while Belle emerges from homely to…well, all that her name entails…both inside and out. The author does an outstanding job of bringing Colorado Springs history to the forefront, surrounding her fictional characters with many well-known and beloved figures of the era, and weaves her plot to a wonderfully satisfying conclusion. With sexual tension paramount between Belle and Kit, I cheered at Madame Aglaia’s subtle intervention, smiled as the antagonist received his comeuppance and loved the dynamics of the Sullivan family as a whole. Next in this series. . .Charisma’s story. Can’t wait to read her magical account.”
— Ann, Reviewer, Author, Author!
“With vivid characterizations and strong plotting, Belle of the Ball demonstrates McCutcheon at her best. With a bit of help from above, Belle discovers her own beauty even as she learns the truisms that make plain women beautiful. With wounds that go equally as deep resulting from his family’s rejection, Kit has his own lessons to learn about trust. The result is a surprising blend of comedy and romance that will have readers chuckling throughout. Belle of the Ball once again demonstrates McCutcheon’s gift for combining the unexpected with the enchanting in a unique voice that readers remember. Belle of the Ball comes highly recommended.”
— Cindy Penn, Senior Editor, http://www.wordweaving.com
“Belle of the Ball is an amusing Pygmalion tale with lively characters and some paranormal elements. Belle gets herself into some amusing situations in her attempts to exact revenge. I found this book quite funny in places. Belle is young and inexperienced with a tendency to not think before she storms ahead. This tendency got her into trouble several times, and Kit, in true heroic fashion helped her out. … All in all, Belle of the Ball was a good read, and I’m looking forward to Charisma’s story.”
— Marlene Breakfield, Reviewer, PNR Reviews