***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***
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.
I enjoyed this 14 chapter book. Queen Snow White had a very complicated childhood; her father died and her step-mother tortured her. She was isolated from everyone in the castle because anyone who showed sympathy towards the princess got fired or executed. Of course, she had issues as an adult. One being withdrawn by her daughter’s Princess Raven’s wedding to Prince Edel.
At first, I didn’t understand why the Queen was treating her daughter poorly, but the author did an amazing job of showing her past through flashbacks. I thought it was cool that she came across the magical mirror and found her dad’s soul trapped in there. The catch: the viewer of the mirror sees what they want to see.
My favorite lines: 1) “Why does everyone good in my life leave me? Why does everyone I love abandon me and go away?” 2) “Across all the years and all the struggles, even though decades dead, the evil woman had still found a way to hurt her! What had the hideous witch done?”
My favorite scenes were when the Queen found happiness with her husband Charming. Finally something positive was going on in her life. As the underdog, I rooted for her since the beginning. I could understand why she felt depressed after she lost him. Luckily, she could have a second chance at happiness.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.