Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth.
Title: All The Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
Author: Danielle Teller
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: HCC Frenzy
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .
A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.
Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.”
What I loved most about All The Ever Afters was how well written this book was! It gave me Jane Eyre vibes! It truly did. I’m a huge fan of “villains” and especially how they got to that breaking point. This was such a raw and powerful retelling. There’s many a fairytale re-tell out there but I’ve yet to read one as deep and dark as this one.
A deep insight into the struggle of being a woman in this historical time truly paints a vivid picture and brings you into this time. Seeing a beloved story from a different angle always pulls me in! Grab this book to fulfill your dark fairytale needs.
**Thank you HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC for an honest review.**