"Oh, to be Cinderella in all her soot- smeared, rag- clad misery. Maddie would have been thrilled to have a wicked stepmother lock her in the tower while everyone else went to the ball.
Instead, she was stuck with a very different sort of stepmother — one eager to dress her in silks, send her to dances, and thrust her into the arms of an unsuspecting prince."
"Maddie was, by nature, an observer.(..) And she had a great deal of experience observing the mating rituals of many strange and wondrous creatures, from English aristocrats to cabbage moths.
When it came to courtship, however, lobsters were the most prudish and formal of all."