Publisher: David Meredith
Publication Date: October 2, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Over a year ago, King Charming died and left Queen Snow White alone. As the date of their only child’s wedding approaches, Snow White drops further into despair. Wanting to have some alone time, she goes up into one of the castle towers and finds her wicked stepmother’s old magic mirror. Falling into its mesmerizing depths, Snow White sees her life in a different light and must reconcile her perception of herself with her true self. Yet will this drive her further into depression or will she find the joy she thought died with Charming?
THE REFLECTIONS OF QUEEN SNOW WHITE is story of what happened after the original Snow White tale (and not the Disney version, so this is not for kids). The tone and style of writing truly evoked each scene from Snow White’s past. The mirror served a passage to the truth behind Snow White’s distorted memories. While the secondary characters are a bit two-dimensional, I was okay with that because this was a story about Snow White and her journey toward healing from grief. THE REFLECTIONS OF SNOW WHITE was hauntingly beautiful. I think it will appeal to many readers and be a good story to read for those who have suffered a loss.
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