Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Book Review by Marissa Sladek
Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Amazon rating: 4.1 stars
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.
As I began to read this spin on the beloved Show White, I found myself surrounded in the lush countryside and transported to a land that I could only have dreamed of being able to be a part of. As Queen Snow White prepares for her daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, she can’t help but feel alone. The fair Queen has nothing but sadness, meloncholy, and longing for the piece of her heart that is not there to see Princess Raven on her wedding day: her husband, Charming.
In an effort to run away from the empty feeling, Queen Snow White went into a deserted portion in the castle that had kept all the feelings of neglect and hurt that had once troubled Snow’s past. In trying to escape from her past, she was reminded of her childhood and her relationship with Charming in the most unlikely of places.
For one who has a love of Snow White, I longed for more stories of the happily ever after times with Snow and Charming. I felt myself living as if I were Snow and wanted to remember more of the life I had with my love. I was completely immersed in the story line with its incredible visual detail taking me into another world, and wanted more. As the book drew to a close, I felt myself weepy with emotion and longing for more time with Snow and Charming. For every girl who wants to grow up to be a princess, I suggest you read this book.
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My rating: 5 stars