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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The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
This is a novel retelling of Snow White. She’s an adult, a mature woman, in deep grief for the loss of Prince (now King) Charming.
Snow White and Charming were together for more than three decades: three decades of happily ever after or, at least, how she chooses to remember their time together.
As her daughter’s wedding approaches, the only child of Snow and Charming, Snow’s loss becomes more acute. In the midst of despair, she stumbles across her Stepmother’s old mirror.
Viewing past traumas as an adult is never easy. What Snow finds in the mirror is equally enlightening as it is disturbing. I perhaps enjoyed this part of the story the most, even though, at times, it was quite harrowing.
The presence of Snow’s most trusted advisor added an extra layer to the story. I looked forward to his appearance and thought he stole the show.
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