Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Recommendation: Yes, especially to those who enjoy a more poetic read with deep emotional undertones. This would be a great suggestion for those who fancy themselves a fairy tale fan and a hopeless romantic. Hits home for those who have loved and lost.
Type: Stand Alone
Summary: +beautiful writing +descriptive +flows well +emotion inducing +realistic approach to fairy tale +original
What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
This book is pretty remarkable. I haven’t read anything quite like it before and to be honest I was a little intimidated when I first began. This book is so full of emotion, and written with such rich prose that I found myself feeling a heavy sadness for Snow White. I even teared up at certain points in the story because the way her post-Charming existence is described makes the reader feel as if she is trapped in a void of such intense sadness and is so lost that hopelessness and frustration are the only emotions within reach. The way this story is written creates an almost poetic and classic romantic feel. Never have I previously considered how quickly a story of happily ever after could change when one half of an epic love story is lost. I don’t know if it is because of the fact that I have grown up with the fairy tale or because of how incredibly morose our previously enchanted heroine has become, but I mourned along side her.
This story follows Snow White, during a time when her only daughter is preparing to get married and the conflicted feelings and guilt she is possessed with because she is unable to celebrate along side her. Her beloved Prince Charming had passed one year prior, and she is still unable to cope with day to day living without him. Angry with him for leaving her, angry with herself for feeling the way she does and frustrated with her inability to pull herself into the role she must perform, Snow is faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of facing her hidden feelings and confronting the pain that has long since been pushed into the recesses of her mind. With the help of an old enemy, Snow is shown her true self and feelings that were previously forgotten are brought to the surface in an attempt to save her from herself.
One thing that was striking about this book is that it delves more into just how tormented Snow White was by her stepmother growing up. Something that fairy tale only touched on, her abuse described in this story is definitely PTSD inducing and cringe worthy. I also really enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the classic series of events present in the original storybook version of Snow White. Perhaps a more mildly awkward and unexpected part of the narrative is the description of Snow White’s first sexual encounter with her husband. It was both intimate, tender and a bit uncomfortable for me. Perhaps because I am used to the G rated version of the tale. Definitely not appropriate for children but tastefully written none the less. The only thing about this book I can find to be critical of is the cover. While very artfully done, it is more of a classic painted portrait style, and might not appeal to a younger adult crowd, just simply because it doesn’t follow the photo realistic trend of book covers today.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to read about love, love lost and how someone who feels as if she has lost all that makes life worth living, is reminded that there is beauty in life no matter how dark the place you find yourself in.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much David Meredith for the emotional experience.