Today, I’ll be reviewing this book that was sent to me by the author David Meredith in exchange for my honest review. If by any chance you’re interested in doing the same, make sure to check out my Contact Information page.
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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 was a very different take on a character’s story that has been written and rewritten several times. At first, it was really hard for me to get into it, because of the writing style, but once I got into it, I was able to appreciate it. The writing in this book reads with a sort of reverence that fits very well the tone of the story. This is not princess Snow White we’re reading about here, we’re reading about her life as a widowed Queen. I felt the writing style fit the mood of the story very well.
The story is a sad one. I admit it made my heart hurt to see just how much Snow White went through. I have never been a fan of Snow White, but this book really made me feel for her. This story was a perfect blend of past and future and it’s a solid three stars book for me.
One of the aspects I enjoyed the most was getting to know how the infamous mirror worked in the story. I don’t remember much about what’s said about this object in other Snow White stories, but in this one, he’s simply a vessel that shows you things that are hidden inside you. Snow White’s bravery to see inside her true self, see the darkness that has been repressed inside her for years was admirable, but it also kind of broke my heart, especially her memories of the abuse she suffered when she was a child.
In the end, everything she saw and relived via the mirror helped her go back to herself and overcome the pain that had been making her neglect her own daughter. So while it was hard to read at times, it was worth it.
All in all, if you’re interested in a different take of Snow White’s story with good writing, this book is for you. However, if you’re in the mood for a quick, fun read, this might not be the one I’d recommend.
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