Are you looking for an escape from the real world that you can believe in? 10,000 Stitches is the second in Olivia Atwater’s Regency Fairie Tales. This one twists the conventions of the Regency genre even more, and delightfully so.
The heroine isn’t precisely plucky, she is contained, trying to get by in horrible circumstances. She is that rarely visited of Regency Romances characters: the maid. And not the lady’s maid. A floor scrubbing maid who speech brands her as being part of the lower class. She does have one thing going for her: a talent for embroidery that is magical. It is on that talent that she makes a wager with a fairy Lord–she has 10,000 stitches to win the love of a gentleman, not just any gentleman of course: a handsome gentleman.
Hijinks ensue. Like the last book, this “fantasy” is in many ways a more realistic portrayal of the Regency era than the non-magical variety of regency romance. Highly recomended.