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.
**** Now it’s time for Christie and Michele’s reviews ****
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought I had a general idea of what I was going to be reading. Boy was I wrong. This book goes deeper than I expected, and you see more into what happens to Snow White throughout her life.
David Meredith does such a fantastic job of pulling you into the story, that you almost feel what Snow White goes through. You are there with her, dealing with everything that’s thrown her way.
When you first meet Snow White, she is deeply depressed and can’t even get excited about her own daughter’s wedding, something she should be elated about. Instead she hides away from people because she can’t seem to keep up the act that others expect of her. Then one day she does to the one place she knows no one will follow here, Queen Arglist’s quarters. There she finds the famous “magic mirror” and from there you are taken through a very emotional rollercoaster.
The mirror encourages Snow White to look into its depths to help her overcome the feelings she’s been having. At first, Snow White is reluctant, what can this mirror show her what she doesn’t already see. She soon realizes how wrong she was, and she’s taken back to her past and lives through each horrible experience and happy memory she’s had. You are taken through Snow White’s journey of when she was a little girl, all the way to her marriage to Charming and her pregnancy.
Will Snow White be able to be there for her daughter on the happiest day of her life, or will she be wallowing in her own despair to show her daughter that she’s truly there for her?
Will Snow White be able to see how much happiness she could have if she would focus on what’s going on now instead of the past? Or will she continue on her path of despair and end up doing something she’ll forever regret?
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***
I was hooked on this book when I saw the beautiful cover for it. It is a character study of one of my favorite princesses, Snow White. The book opens with a grieving Snow White. She has been devastated by the death of her husband, Charming, a year earlier. She should be rejoicing because her beautiful daughter, Raven, is getting married. However, she can’t seem to rejoin the living, and she shuns all those that love her, especially her daughter. One day she finds herself in the abandoned chambers of her evil stepmother, Queen Arglist, who has long been dead. While in the rooms, she finds the famed “magic mirror.” To her fascination, the spirit in the mirror addresses her and asks her if she would like to look in the mirror. At first, she refuses, but then relents. Instead of seeing all wonderful memories, she is bombarded with the horror of her childhood with Arglist. The mirror encourages her to face these memories so that she can heal. But, does she have the courage to confront the pain and horror and learn to live again, or will she allow them to destroy her forever?
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked that it was short, and it took place over a very short period of time. Much of it takes place in the dark, cold room with her facing different parts of her past, both painful and joyous. The images were so descriptive. I was in that room with Snow White as her stepmother beat her until she was close to death, and I was with her when Charming sat by her bedside patiently taking care of her after eating the poisonous apple and falling in love with her. Readers get to see and feel the horror that she endured and what determination it took to escape and survive. I liked that the images illustrated the struggles she and Charming endured after their marriage. It wasn’t perfect, but they loved and supported each other throughout their union. It was a beautiful love story! You feel her pain as she mourns the love of her life. But, you also see the mirror encouraging her to dig deep in her soul to recapture her strength to get through this most difficult time. It is a book about love, loss, perseverance, and healing. That is why I love fairy tales…there is always a lesson to take from it. Pay special attention to the hawks at the beginning and ending of the story and how the author uses them as a beautiful example of forever love.