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.
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This is the first novel I have read that a mainstream fairytale story. I love watching the adult Disney/fairytale movies and I was excited to read this novel for that reason. This story takes place long after Snow White becomes Queen and has married Prince Charming. Queen Snow white is going through some major emotional times and finds herself in her stepmother's old chamber, where Queen Snow White discovers the mirror. During the novel we take a look through the years that Snow White lived through horrible pair from her childhood and then her life with Charming. Snow White is a troubled soul for sure and has many obstacles to overcome to live a happier life now that Charming has passed away and Raven her daughter is planning her wedding.
The author does a great job of working the fairytale of Snow White into a dark tale of behind the scene that one doesn't see in the children's version. At one point I was thinking to myself poor Snow White if she had lived in this day and age she would have been battling what we now know as depression. Sad Snow White but with the mirror helping Snow White see what was she already knew inside of herself she was able to overcome or at least work on overcoming her emotions and spend the time with her daughter and then grandchildren.
For a debut novel of David Meredith's I really enjoyed the writing style and look forward to seeing what else Meredith will write about.
I give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~