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.
Fairy tales always seem to end with 'and they lived happily ever after'. But that doesn't really happen now does it? Even in a happy life, there has to be sadness as that is what allows us to really appreciate what we have.
Snow White was convinced that she was nothing without her Charming. She was just making time until she would be able to join him in death and was unable to find joy in anything, not even her daughter's wedding. In attempting to escape from everyone, she stumbled into a tower room where she found her evil stepmother's mirror. In viewing this mirror, she was able to relieve moments in her life and rediscover her strength without Charming.
When I first started reading this book, I was wondering just what I had gotten myself into as the writing and descriptions were way too flowery for my tastes. I rather quickly became engrossed in the story however and couldn't put it aside. Snowy relieved some periods in her life that would have caused a weaker person to just give up and die. And she was forced to remember that not all of her life with Charming was roses and joy.
THE REFLECTIONS OF QUEEN SNOW WHITE is one fairy tale that all parents should be sure that their kids read when they are older as it shows that living happily ever after can take some work. I do recommend this to story to any of my readers who enjoy fairy tales that aren't all sunshine and flower.
*** I received this book at no charge from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.