Lady Catherine Pinkerton and her best friend Mary Ann have a dream to open the best bakery in the Kingdom of Hearts. Although it is not typical for a lady of her position to do hard work and run a business, there is nothing in the world she would rather do than bake and sell her delicious treats. One night she wakes up after a vivid dream of lemons and a yellow-eyed stranger to find a real live lemon tree has grown in her bedroom overnight. She decides to make some delicious lemon tarts to take to the king's ball, whimsical thoughts of her bakery in her head. It soon becomes clear, however, that her parents have other plans for her future. The King of Hearts is interested in making her Queen, but that is the last thing she wants to do. Then a mysterious new court joker shows up and it seems her life will never be the same, and that the choices she makes from now on could send her on a path she never could have dreamed of.
Heartless is inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland stories and takes place before Alice's adventures. It is filled with many characters you will recognize, such as the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter. Although it is a fantasy story there is real drama taking place and I think most people will be able to relate to Lady Catherine's struggles to stay true to herself and follow her dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a fantasy tale that provides an intriguing twist on a familiar story.