3.5 Star Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Author:  David Meredith

Publication Date:  January 20, 2014

Genre:  Romantic Fantasy

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.

My Review:

3.5/5 Stars

This is quite a journey the author takes us on.  If you are thinking this is a happy little fairy tale romance, think again.  The Reflections of Queen Snow White is actually a look at Snow White’s life as she sinks into a deep depression after the death of her beloved, Prince Charming.

As depressing as it sounds, it is quite a book.  Yes, Snow White is depressed and sad, desperately missing her one true love.  She has lost all interest in life.  She faces her stepmother’s magic mirror and he takes her on a journey of self-discovery.

The author does not hold back.  Some terrible things happened to Snow White, some of it hard to read.  However, I thought this was a fascinating take on the Snow White story.  This is not a Disney fairy tale, that’s for sure.  Honestly, I felt it was much more realistic.  It is a very, well-written short read that I think you will enjoy.

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