The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a retelling of the popular fairy tale, Snow White and rather well done, I might add. It was so beautifully written, with wonderfully poetic descriptions. I was mesmerised.
It begins with an aged Snow White finding it difficult to concentrate on the tasks involved with organising her daughter's wedding. With Prince Charming no longer by her side, she struggles with the challenges of day-to-day living, and finds no pleasure, only pain. When it is suggested that she take a moment to herself, Snow stumbles upon her step-mothers old mirror, and is shocked by the reflections she sees.
The mirror takes her back to times in her life where things had been desolate, but she had persevered; to times when she was the happiest she had ever been; and to times that she had long ago buried in the depths of her mind.
The mirror reminds her that it can only show reflections of what is inside her, and urges her to see the lessons she has learned in the past. Lessons she has long since forgotten.
It is an emotional ride reading through her memories, but I felt like I, myself, was being reminded to be present, and not take things for granted. To appreciate my loved ones and learn from my mistakes. It's about enjoying life, and not letting the pain and desperation overpower you. Keep pushing on through, because your happiness could be just around the corner.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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.
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