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    My reviews can also be seen at Stars “We all know the story of Cinderella Or do we?” I’ve never been big of fairy tales but the description of this novel had me intrigued “All the Ever Afters” is the story of Princess Cinderella told from the point of view of her stepmother AgnesAgnes has heard all of the rumorshow cruel she apparently was to Elfilda Ella that Ella’s step sisters vied for Prince Henry’s attention and so much “Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth” Princess Elfilda Ella is now the most celebrated woman in the kingdom Commoners will wait for hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of her face Any time she changes her hairstyle or tries out a new accessoryevery female even the peasant girls will do what they can to imitate her appearance Agnes knows about Princess Elfilda’s history than anyone But it’s not as much of a fantasy as everyone might believe “Nobody is interested in the story of a flesh and blood nobleman’s daughter one who wet her bed complained of boredom fought with her kin and turned up her nose at winter greens just like any mortal child” However Agnes is not going to write the princess’s story she’s going to write her ownAgnes was only ten when she was sent to work as a servant at The Manor House leaving her family behind She thinks the Manor is beautiful but she doesn’t yet know the evilness that goes on behind closed doors Agnes yearns for home All she has is a little clothing and her treasured collection of stones Although her future is bleak Agnes is creative and clever and finds ways to make herself indispensable wherever she is sent She makes her way in a world that is built to keep her down “To the abbess I was a pack horse an animal that has value as long as it can work nothing else” Then she meets someone who changes the course of her life completely Agnes feels that she may have finally found a place where she can be happyBut happiness is never guaranteed to last forever afterThis was an interesting read and the prose was often poetic I don’t think I will ever look at any fairytale in the same wayespecially Cinderella I liked the short chapters and enjoyed reading Agnes’s journal which was interspersed throughout the novel We are given insight into both the past and the present I did have a bit of a hard time in the beginning There were lots of names and titles to try to keep straight It was a slow burn but it did pick up and I found it to be uite an entertaining storyA creative and uniue story that gives a deeper perspective on good and evil complicated relationships and the many different kinds of love It also shows that everything is not always what it seemsI look forward to reading from this talented authorI'd like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review


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    👑 Oh dear This is the mind blowing tale fairy or not that I've always wanted to get my hands on I've never been one for the Cinderella story It just never felt absolutely right So she becomes the future ueen what's she gonna do next?This is rehashing the original in a very expectedly unexpected way Here goes the purr fect illustration of the principle no matter how you raise your kids step or otherwise they will always have what to discuss with their psychoanalyst or their courtiersPS Dear cover art I'm in love with you I rarely if ever judge books by their covers but this one is absolutely gorgeous I just want to eat it or somethingI sat alone at supper and listened to my heart thunder as I lay awake each night c I no longer believe that people are born without virtue It gets beaten out Misfortune threshes our souls as a flail threshes wheat and the lightest parts of ourselves are scattered to the wind cGod had opened a window for me and I flew forth like an arrow growing dizzy with my rise c“You might consider embellishing your story just a trifle for the sake of the listener”“I don’t like embellishment cI imagined that we were a pair of wolves slinking over the dappled grass cI was a mouse trapped in a corner looking for a crack to flee through but despairing of finding one cIt bothers me to this day that I did not have the means to repay him for his kindness cChildren’s thoughts incline toward magic and superstition and mine were no exception cI was tempted to walk out the door through the orchards meadow and woods and keep walking all the way home I was old enough to know however that my family could not keep me and I had nowhere else to go cApart from her collections of baubles and kennel of favorite dogs she appears to have no passions or vices and when she attends royal functions her gaze drifts to invisible spectacles that only she can apprehend Her elusive character is a blank parchment upon which any story may be written and every girl who dreams of becoming a princess can imagine herself in Princess Elfilda’s famously tiny shoes c


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    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend Beautiful inside and out; All the Ever Afters is a sorrowful tale woven from lyrical prose words as lovely and lush as the book's alluring cover Cinderella's evil stepmother Agnes tells her side of the story in which she's born a peasant and must claw her way to a better life The little cinder girl arrives late in the story a mere trifle compared to the hardship and heartbreak Agnes endures The languid pacing will not appeal to everyone but Teller compensates with a stunning linguistic style Spring breezes caused the snowdrifts to round and slump wearing them thinner until yellow grass and mud showed through The longer days tempted me back to the rose garden where buds were beginning to form Bright green haloes softened the skeletal angles of branches and then one day the trees burst into full leaf Swallows darted and swooped in the fresh scrubbed spring air


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    All the Ever Afters The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller is a fantasy retelling Taking on the idea that every story has different sides readers get to know Cinderella's stepmother from her point of view from childhood until after Cinderella's wedding I would warn of the sexual content within this one making it for mature readersAgnes was born a peasant and while her family found a husband for her sister Agnes was turned over to work as a servant at the age of ten She spent the next several years working until she met a young man in which she thought she'd fallen in love With him being above her station though Agnes had little hope of marriage until she fell pregnant with his childOver the years Agnes had her children and made a life for herself but it all fell apart for her once again sending her back to working as a servant yet again It was then Agnes came into Ella's life and eventually married her father becoming her stepmother but things weren't the way for the family that we've all thoughtI'm always a sucker for a great retelling that breaths new life into the classics that we all know and love All the Ever Afters was not a disappointment at all when it came to twisting the story into something new As it's said with there being different sides in this one we've known Cinderella's and now we learn Agnes'As Agnes goes back in time telling her own story the book reads a lot like historical fiction taking the reader back to a time of Kings peasants arranged marriages and all that of the era There are breaks every few chapters with journal entries updating the current situation as the story spans through the decades of Agnes' life Looking at things from this angle it would make one wonder what was the truth to the story and did we have it wrong all this time?I received an advance copy from the publisher via EdelweissFor reviews please visit


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    Find all of my reviews at my mediocre book pics here35 Stars “Everyone knows the story about Prince Henry’s hunt for the beautiful girl he met at the ball how he searched from house to house asking every unmarried woman in five parishes to try on the glass slippers That is a pretty tale As usual the truth is mundane” Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t want to be like this rather than one of those mealy mouthed princesses????? Or even like this who so happens to be the focus of this particular story?????? Wait I think I might already be her I’m even attempting to adopt a new kitteh who looks kinda like hers rather than the all black which I generally gravitate toward No wonder I wanted to read her story right?My picture from the ol’ Instagram this morning shows that I’m kind of a hoarder fan of retellings I tried to put the Lunar Chronicles in there too but they were being a holes and wouldn’t stand up so they got chucked All the Ever Afters was an absolute must read for me The story here is of Cinderella’s stepmother “I do not set out to write the princess’s history but my own the only tale I have the authority to tell As for fables about good and evil and songs about glass slippers I shall leave those to the minstrels They can invent their own tales about Cinderella” So there you have it This is the life story of the woman who would one day become known simply as a “Wicked Stepmother” It tells of her childhood where she was born into a family so poor they sent her to become a laundry maid for the nearest royal house to her pulling a bit of a con in order for a chance to serve the local abbey instead to falling in love and out of favor with the abbess via an unplanned pregnancy to learning how to become an alewife all the way to her return to the royal house It even explains how her daughters came to be known as the “Ugly Stepsisters” It is up to the reader to decide if she and her children were truly awful or if Cinderella was simply a coddled brat


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    NOT YOUR ORDINARY VILLAIN REDEMPTION STORY Usually with fairy tale retellings told from the villains POV the premise is to explain how the villain came to be That was not the case for this one This is a realistic take on the myth of Cinderella and in stead of explaining the Stepmother's wickedness it seeks to show that she wasn't even all that wicked after all Very intriguing and very captivating Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍Realistic Very often fairy tale retellings retain some sort of magic but this book did not which I found very refreshing It was a realistic depiction of the story of Cinderella no fairy godmothers or enchantments that last until midnightHistorical Again this was out of the ordinary for fairy tale retellings It was actually a realistic well crafted historical novel set in 14th century England Though I was surprised it wasn't set in France I really liked to hear references to actual historical figures such as Edward of Woodstock aka The Black PrinceNo redemption Agnes the 'wicked stepmother' of this story is not wicked in this book She is a human being who has been dealt a bad hand but still manages to make the best of it I really liked that this book did not try to explain why Agnes was 'wicked' as many other redemption stories so In stead it sought to show that she wasn't even wicked at all Agnes Anyone who knows me know that I am a sucker for strong willed intelligent female characters and Agnes was just such a character She was not sweet or meek but she was strong independent and stubborn and I really responded well to that Society has strong opinions about what is beautiful and what is not Follow me for book loving contentBlog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog 7 Memorable First Lines


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    I received this ARC from William Morrow on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of this book in any wayBeing strong does not disualify you from being beautifulWow this book is amazing The Writing For a debut this is absolutely astounding This is one of the most well written books I have ever read As an example here's a bunch of uotes I particularly lovedCompelling fiction often obscures the humble truthI wonder sometimes if the thoughts that flock my nightmares are abandoned memories coming home to roostI no longer believe that people are born without virtue It gets beaten out Misfortune threshes our souls as a flail threshes wheat and the lightest parts of ourselves are scattered to the windI was a mouse trapped in a corner looking for a crack to flee through but dispairing of finding oneImagine what ideas are locked up in the hearts and minds of women who simply lack the tools to express themI was a candle that had never known a flame and now that the flame was lit I softened and glowed in a way I had not known was possibleOur fascination with feminine beauty is elemental It is said that men wish to possess the princess and women wish to be the princess but I believe that is only part of the truth We are drawn to extraordinary beauty mindlessly and purposelessly; we flutter on dusty moth wings toward the effulgence with no understanding of why we do it Perhaps when we see a woman with the aspect of an angel our souls are tricked into following her mistaking her for a guide to paradiseThe opposite of course is also trueThe stories we tell ourselves have great powerBecause misfortune does not wait idly by until we are prepared for itRich only matters if he marries you I said grimly Handsome matters not at allYou speak of love? Love is a sickness that causes men and women to do stupid things the sorts of things that leave them sad and broken when the fever passesWhew that's a long list Well that's because THIS BOOK IS AMAZING and everyone needs to read it All the characters were so real and multi dimensional The world though a bit difficult to place the time period at first was really great and I loved how religion was mixed in without being preachyMy only gripe was the fact that it's a Cinderella retelling and only because I feel like that dragged down the potential of the story It became predictable because who doesn't know Cinderella's story? and I found myself tiring of those parts of the story The prologue for instance was not really necessary and only served to give reason for the journal entries scattered about Which opening line would you rather have? ThisSuppers at the royal court have become entirely too oppressiveOr thisI hardly remember my own motherI think you'll all agree with me that the latter is far superior and engagingI absolutely loved the theme of motherhood in this It was so well done and though I am not a mother I'm an aunt and my love and adoration for my nephew pales in comparison to Agnes' love for her daughters And the themes of beauty and love were eually well done The Characters Agnes She was such an interesting and relatable protagonist She's so complex and flawed and she grows so much while staying fundamentally the sameFernan I really found him to be a complex person especially as Agnes realizes and learns about him I was so conflicted as to whether I loved him or hated him but I never felt indifferent towards himCharlotte and Matilda As someone who has a ton of sisters they totally got the sister dynamic down They also really reminded me even in appearance strangely enough Danielle Teller have you been watching me?? of my oldest sisters so reading about them was a huge super sweet cavity enducing treatElla She was really interesting too and really humanizedEmont Man I feel somewhat similar him as I do Fernan but honestly I pity him anything He's a pretty pitiful personLady Alba She gave me some serious Jane Eyre vibes This whole book gave me Jane Eyre vibes man Conclusion I love this book so much It might have even topped 1984 for my favorite book this month and possibly all time It is amazingly well written and I went through the whole gamut of emotions reading this I shed some tears I laughed and chuckled and giggled like a fool I love this book and everyone really needs to read itDanielle Teller I applaud you on your fabulous debut You done good


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    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ’ve never been able to say no to a good fairy tale retelling They are my absolute weakness and I’ve been especially tempted as of late by the recent crop of novels touting the point of view of the “villain” It ultimately led me to pick up All the Ever Afters which boldly bears the tagline describing itself as the untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother the notoriously cruel and wicked antagonist from the classic fairy tale we all know and loveHowever the author Danielle Teller’s approach to this novel is one that I’ve seldom seen in most fairy tale retellings I’ve read in that she has completely eschewed all aspects of fantasy and magic choosing instead to ground her story in history Opening on the French countryside sometime during the mid fourteenth or early fifteenth century the tale introduces readers to Agnes a young girl born into poverty Her family could not afford to raise her so she was sent at the tender age of ten to a nearby lord’s manor to become a laundress’s assistant Worked to the bone and unfairly treated Agnes had no choice but to use all her wits and wiles to finagle a better position for herself eventually managing to escape the manor for a less punishing job at the local abbeyAll goes well for several years until Agnes is seduced by the Abbess’s ward and messenger and their relationship results in a pregnancy Ejected from the abbey our protagonist is set up in a village where she becomes the proprietor of a brewery and alehouse mostly raising her daughters on her own But soon tragedy strikes and Agnes is forced into a situation where she must work her way up from nothing once A twist of fate lands her back in the manor where she worked as a child but the lord is now married with an infant daughter And thus Agnes finds herself hired on to be a nursemaid to little Ella the awkward but radiantly beautiful girl who will one day marry the handsome prince she meets at a fateful ballNow Agnes and her two daughters live at the palace where she tells her tale in the hopes of showing how accounts of her wickedness have either been greatly exaggerated or are outright lies In fact she was a victim of forced labor herself and All the Ever Afters is her own rags to riches story It is a heart wrenching novel about growing up with nothing to your name of having to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps to make your own success While there have been times where she had to use her cunning or resort to deception to get what she wants Agnes is no villain And if on occasion she was tough on Ella or punished her too harshly as a child we learn that it is only because Agnes has been independent and hardworking her whole life and as a result she cannot bear idleness or watching her stepdaughter grow up helpless and spoiledIn a way All the Ever Afters is also the untold story of Cinderella’s stepsisters called Charlotte and Matilda in this version of the retelling Like their mother they aren’t the awful people from the many popular versions of Cinderella either and they’ve gone through their own share of hard times Now that I’ve read Teller’s portrayal I also doubt that I’ll ever think about the “ugly stepsisters” epithet the same way again not after reading about a mother’s hurt and pain from Agnes’s perspectiveAs I said before this is also a purely non magical story; there will be no fairy godmothers pumpkin carriages or singing animals here though I was amused to see the author had managed to work in a tongue in cheek jibe at the popular depiction of Cinderella and her affinity for mice except in this book Ella’s friendship with her rat Henrietta is nowhere near as adorableor hygienic A lot of fairy tale retellings tend to give the mundane things of the world a fantastical twist but it seems All the Ever Afters set out to do almost the exact opposite downplaying the magical elements and addressing all that we know about the Cinderella story with realistic explanationsI also found it interesting how the novel mirrored many of the original fairy tale’s lessons—that is to always work hard and never let setbacks or difficult people get you down However while the classic version also taught that beauty is esteemed but that having a good heart is the most important things are not so idealized in Agnes’s realistic world Her stepdaughter Ella—who is naïve spoiled and rather soft and vapid—manages to snag a prince and is loved by all in the kingdom for no other reason because she is beautiful Meanwhile Charlotte and Matilda who have endured so much will never have anywhere close to the same opportunities simply because they are homely Agnes’s lesson for her daughters? Life is not fair but you still do what you must to keep moving forwardAll in all I enjoyed All the Ever Afters very much With Cinderella only playing a bit part this tale truly belongs to her stepmother who has been given new life by Danielle Teller In this heartfelt novel there are no magical spells or fairy godmothers for Agnes is a woman who relies on nothing but herself to change her life and make a better future for her children If you prefer fantasy in your fairy tale retellings you may wish to reconsider this one but if you don’t mind a narrative that’s rooted in realism then I really can’t recommend this highly enoughAudiobook Comments I was very impressed by Jane Copland’s narration From her voice I imagined Agnes to be a proud sharp witted and dignified woman which is exactly the way her character is written The audiobook experience brought a whole new level of emotion to the story which I would not have gotten if I had just read the book A fantastic listen


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    When I reached the end and closed this book I felt fulfilled and at so many levels The language captured me first What a complete command of expressions A pleasure to watch its secure stroke its expert unfolding; a painting that becomes sculpture and walks you all around an image a scene a character a plot An exuisite mastery of the written word that reminds of Umberto Eco I even found a few words I had to look up yet so expertly placed in the context that from the way they fitted I could surmise their meaningIn essence a perfectly honed tool to tell a very good storyThe tale is an old and cherished one that of Cinderella But wait it’s not at all what you would expect It is the other side of the story a visit to the dark side of the moon This doesn’t mean the content is dark because it is full of hope and love But it is also steeped in very real human experiences and events It clearly comes from a writer who has lived a meaningful life and has developed a deep understanding I will not spoil your pleasure by saying about the plot Let me add that the ambient details are carefully researched and deftly described so that you find yourself immersed in a time and place different from your own yet familiar because the description makes it soFinally a warning You won’t be able to put the book down I started reading it and could not stop even though I wasn’t supposed to strain my eyes after a minor surgery I read through fatigued eyes notwithstanding until I reached the very last word


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    45 stars RTCA really impressive historically grounded novel that really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it; I loved the presentation of gender and social roles I also love Agnes my clever Slytherin child


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All the Ever AftersThe Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

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Ll as bittersweet the story of Agnes and Ella's relationship reveals that beauty is not always desirable that love may take on many guises and that freedom is not always something we can chooseDanielle Teller's All the Ever Afters challenges our assumptions and forces us to reevaluate what we think we know Exploring the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil this lyrically told emotionally evocative and brilliantly perceptive novel shows us that how we confront adversity reveals a profound and ultimately precious truth about our lives than the ideal of “happily ever after?. When I reached the end and closed this book I felt fulfilled and at so many levels The language captured me first What a complete command of expressions A pleasure to watch its secure stroke its expert unfolding; a painting that becomes sculpture and walks you all around an image a scene a character a plot An exuisite mastery of the written word that reminds of Umberto Eco I even found a few words I had to look up yet so expertly placed in the context that from the way they fitted I could surmise their meaningIn essence a perfectly honed tool to tell a very good storyThe tale is an old and cherished one that of Cinderella But wait it’s not at all what you would expect It is the other side of the story a visit to the dark side of the moon This doesn’t mean the content is dark because it is full of hope and love But it is also steeped in very real human experiences and events It clearly comes from a writer who has lived a meaningful life and has developed a deep understanding I will not spoil your pleasure by saying about the plot Let me add that the ambient details are carefully researched and deftly described so that you find yourself immersed in a time and place different from your own yet familiar because the description makes it soFinally a warning You won’t be able to put the book down I started reading it and could not stop even though I wasn’t supposed to strain my eyes after a minor surgery I read through fatigued eyes notwithstanding until I reached the very last word El caso Banchero perceptive novel shows us that how we confront adversity reveals a The Pleasure Trap profound and ultimately Watching Natalie Cheat precious truth about our lives than the ideal of “happily ever after?. When I reached the end and closed this book I felt fulfilled and at so many levels The language captured me first What a complete command of expressions A For Just Cause pleasure to watch its secure stroke its expert unfolding; a It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity painting that becomes sculpture and walks you all around an image a scene a character a Teeth in the Mist plot An exuisite mastery of the written word that reminds of Umberto Eco I even found a few words I had to look up yet so expertly The Information Technology Revolution: The Complete Guide placed in the context that from the way they fitted I could surmise their meaningIn essence a The State of Water perfectly honed tool to tell a very good storyThe tale is an old and cherished one that of Cinderella But wait it’s not at all what you would expect It is the other side of the story a visit to the dark side of the moon This doesn’t mean the content is dark because it is full of hope and love But it is also steeped in very real human experiences and events It clearly comes from a writer who has lived a meaningful life and has developed a deep understanding I will not spoil your Solutions Manual for Insulation Coordination for Power Systems pleasure by saying about the Garfield Swallows His Pride plot Let me add that the ambient details are carefully researched and deftly described so that you find yourself immersed in a time and Titanshade place different from your own yet familiar because the description makes it soFinally a warning You won’t be able to AI Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 put the book down I started reading it and could not stop even though I wasn’t supposed to strain my eyes after a minor surgery I read through fatigued eyes notwithstanding until I reached the very last word

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We all know the story of Cinderella Or do weAs rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom her stepmother Agnes a woman who knows all too well about hardship privately records the true story But what unfolds is not the princess's history The tale Agnes recounts is her ownA peasant born into serfdom Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice at Aviceford Manor when she is just ten years old Alone friendless and burdened with a grueling workload Agnes carves a place for herself in this cold place that is home. My reviews can also be seen at Stars “We all know the story of Cinderella Or do we” I’ve never been big of fairy tales but the description of this novel had me intrigued “All the Ever Afters” is the story of Princess Cinderella told from the point of view of her stepmother AgnesAgnes has heard all of the rumorshow cruel she apparently was to Elfilda Ella that Ella’s step sisters vied for Prince Henry’s attention and so much “Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth” Princess Elfilda Ella is now the most celebrated woman in the kingdom Commoners will wait for hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of her face Any time she changes her hairstyle or tries out a new accessoryevery female even the peasant girls will do what they can to imitate her appearance Agnes knows about Princess Elfilda’s history than anyone But it’s not as much of a fantasy as everyone might believe “Nobody is interested in the story of a flesh and blood nobleman’s daughter one who wet her bed complained of boredom fought with her kin and turned up her nose at winter greens just like any mortal child” However Agnes is not going to write the princess’s story she’s going to write her ownAgnes was only ten when she was sent to work as a servant at The Manor House leaving her family behind She thinks the Manor is beautiful but she doesn’t yet know the evilness that goes on behind closed doors Agnes yearns for home All she has is a little clothing and her treasured collection of stones Although her future is bleak Agnes is creative and clever and finds ways to make herself indispensable wherever she is sent She makes her way in a world that is built to keep her down “To the abbess I was a pack horse an animal that has value as long as it can work nothing else” Then she meets someone who changes the course of her life completely Agnes feels that she may have finally found a place where she can be happyBut happiness is never guaranteed to last forever afterThis was an interesting read and the prose was often poetic I don’t think I will ever look at any fairytale in the same wayespecially Cinderella I liked the short chapters and enjoyed reading Agnes’s journal which was interspersed throughout the novel We are given insight into both the past and the present I did have a bit of a hard time in the beginning There were lots of names and titles to try to keep straight It was a slow burn but it did pick up and I found it to be uite an entertaining storyA creative and uniue story that gives a deeper perspective on good and evil complicated relationships and the many different kinds of love It also shows that everything is not always what it seemsI look forward to reading from this talented authorI'd like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review Garfield Swallows His Pride privately records the true story But what unfolds is not the Titanshade princess's history The tale Agnes recounts is her ownA AI Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 peasant born into serfdom Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice at Aviceford Manor when she is just ten years old Alone friendless and burdened with a grueling workload Agnes carves a Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917 place for herself in this cold Surf Craft place that is home. My reviews can also be seen at Stars “We all know the story of Cinderella Or do we” I’ve never been big of fairy tales but the description of this novel had me intrigued “All the Ever Afters” is the story of Princess Cinderella told from the Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts point of view of her stepmother AgnesAgnes has heard all of the rumorshow cruel she apparently was to Elfilda Ella that Ella’s step sisters vied for Prince Henry’s attention and so much “Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth” Princess Elfilda Ella is now the most celebrated woman in the kingdom Commoners will wait for hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of her face Any time she changes her hairstyle or tries out a new accessoryevery female even the Telling Teddy (Dear Teddy: A Journal Of A Boy peasant girls will do what they can to imitate her appearance Agnes knows about Princess Elfilda’s history than anyone But it’s not as much of a fantasy as everyone might believe “Nobody is interested in the story of a flesh and blood nobleman’s daughter one who wet her bed complained of boredom fought with her kin and turned up her nose at winter greens just like any mortal child” However Agnes is not going to write the Cool Optical Illusions: Creative Activities That Make Math & Science Fun for Kids! princess’s story she’s going to write her ownAgnes was only ten when she was sent to work as a servant at The Manor House leaving her family behind She thinks the Manor is beautiful but she doesn’t yet know the evilness that goes on behind closed doors Agnes yearns for home All she has is a little clothing and her treasured collection of stones Although her future is bleak Agnes is creative and clever and finds ways to make herself indispensable wherever she is sent She makes her way in a world that is built to keep her down “To the abbess I was a Everwar pack horse an animal that has value as long as it can work nothing else” Then she meets someone who changes the course of her life completely Agnes feels that she may have finally found a Hot Head (Head place where she can be happyBut happiness is never guaranteed to last forever afterThis was an interesting read and the Hot Head prose was often The Killing Ritual poetic I don’t think I will ever look at any fairytale in the same wayespecially Cinderella I liked the short chapters and enjoyed reading Agnes’s journal which was interspersed throughout the novel We are given insight into both the Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans past and the Portuguese-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary present I did have a bit of a hard time in the beginning There were lots of names and titles to try to keep straight It was a slow burn but it did The Call of the Wild pick up and I found it to be uite an entertaining storyA creative and uniue story that gives a deeper Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection perspective on good and evil complicated relationships and the many different kinds of love It also shows that everything is not always what it seemsI look forward to reading from this talented authorI'd like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review

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To Sir Emont Vis de Loup a melancholic and capricious drunkard Using her wits and ingenuity Agnes eventually escapes and makes her way toward a hopeful future serving as a housemaid for the powerful Abbess Elfilda But life once again holds unexpected sometimes heartbreaking twists that lead Agnes back to Aviceford Manor where she becomes nursemaid to Ella Emont's sensitive otherworldly daughter Though she cares for Ella Agnes struggles to love this child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and ultimately the celebrated princess who embodies all our unattainable fantasies Familiar yet fresh tender as we. NOT YOUR ORDINARY VILLAIN REDEMPTION STORY Usually with fairy tale retellings told from the villains POV the premise is to explain how the villain came to be That was not the case for this one This is a realistic take on the myth of Cinderella and in stead of explaining the Stepmother's wickedness it seeks to show that she wasn't even all that wicked after all Very intriguing and very captivating Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍Realistic Very often fairy tale retellings retain some sort of magic but this book did not which I found very refreshing It was a realistic depiction of the story of Cinderella no fairy godmothers or enchantments that last until midnightHistorical Again this was out of the ordinary for fairy tale retellings It was actually a realistic well crafted historical novel set in 14th century England Though I was surprised it wasn't set in France I really liked to hear references to actual historical figures such as Edward of Woodstock aka The Black PrinceNo redemption Agnes the 'wicked stepmother' of this story is not wicked in this book She is a human being who has been dealt a bad hand but still manages to make the best of it I really liked that this book did not try to explain why Agnes was 'wicked' as many other redemption stories so In stead it sought to show that she wasn't even wicked at all Agnes Anyone who knows me know that I am a sucker for strong willed intelligent female characters and Agnes was just such a character She was not sweet or meek but she was strong independent and stubborn and I really responded well to that Society has strong opinions about what is beautiful and what is not Follow me for book loving contentBlog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog 7 Memorable First Lines