We all know the story of Cinderella. However, we don’t know what happens after the run away into the setting sun. All we get is “Happily Ever After.” Stephanie Alexander picks it up for us, but in this book, Cinderella is Eleanor. The names are different, story just picks up where we were left wondering.
And unfortunately for Eleanor, things arent’ quite what she hoped. She lives in a huge castle, barely sees the prince, and her intelligence and education are not appreciated at all. What makes matters worse, there’s another man in the picture. Eleanor can’t keep her eyes off him, and she doesn’t really have a choice because he is the prince’s best friend. Not quite sure this is what happily every after meant.
I am a huge fan of new tales about the classics. I always like to see how people intepret the fairy tales we all grew up with.
Stephanie Alexander made a phenomenal character out of Princess Eleanor. She is very strong-willed and extremely intelligent. She is well beyond the lady of the times. And you better believe that topic comes up time and time again. But in modern day, she is a wonderful role model for women. She would be a great princess today, although still maybe a little outspoken. She is a prime example of how intelligence can get you far and keep you on top… even if you do make enemies along that way
You may not think it could get more magical than Cinderella, but Alexander did it. Out goes the dancing and singing mice and the pumpkin carriage. In comes talking unicorns, parrots and vicious little fairies. And don’t forget the witches and oracles. You name it with magic and they are there. I am always a fan of witches and even though they don’t play a huge role in this, I love the ladies with the magic. Alexander took a snippet of a classic and made it into her own, amazing fantasy!
If you are into fantasy and a new twist to the classic, definitely check out The Cracked Slipper. I give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
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