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 received this book from the author, David Meredith, in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, which is why I had to say yes to David Meredith when he asked me to review his book. The story of Snow White after Charming had died? It sounded intriguing and I just had to read it because I’d never seen anything like that before. I’ve got to say, I’m really glad that I did read it. Although I didn’t find it particularly gripping, it was a relatively quick read that was I really enjoyed.
Of course, one of the main factors that made me enjoy this book was Snow White herself. In this version of the story, she’s been a widow for about year and is missing her husband. Whilst trying to get away from all the people who are in the palace for her daughter’s wedding, she finds her stepmother’s mirror. By looking into the mirror she finds herself reliving various moments from her past which remind her to start living her actual life again.
Snow White is a great character. I loved her development through the story as she rediscovers the strength she had while her husband was by her side. It’s clear at the start that she can’t cope with Charming’s death, but she manages to get over by remembering past events. She does get stronger as a person through out the book, and I loved the fact that she does start to live her life more.
A lot of the story is told through the ‘reflections’ that Snow White sees in the mirror of her life. I really liked this style of telling the story through flashbacks, and it was a really good way of showing the hardships that she went through in her life. This book definitely shows that she went through as much pain as anyone of us. Snow White was also a very easy character to connect with, because of what had happened to her in the past, and I really did want her to end up happy by the end.
This book had me smiling by the end, and it’s definitely a fairy tale retelling that I might reread in the future.
“You know there is no forgetting, not really. What happens, happens. The past is the past and your past is ever a part of you! Only by facing it can you truly leave it behind. Otherwise, it will ever intrude upon your present…”