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The Reflections of Queen Snow White (English Edition) van [Meredith, David]
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Lengte: 155 pagina's Verbeterd lettertype: Ingeschakeld Bladeren: Ingeschakeld
Taal: Engels

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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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  • Editie: Kindle-editie
  • Bestandsgrootte: 4075 KB
  • Printlengte: 155 pagina's
  • Uitgever: David Meredith; 1 editie (20 januari 2014)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • ASIN: B00FLF4JAG
  • Tekst-naar-spraak: Ingeschakeld
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  • Verbeterd lettertype: Ingeschakeld
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4.0 van 5 sterren Snow White spiral into Deep Depression 13 november 2015
door Gypsy M - Gepubliceerd op Amazon.com
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After the death of Prince Charming, Snow White spirals into a deep depression, even turning a blind eye to her daughter’s upcoming wedding. She roams the castle like a ghost and finds herself in the Evil Queen’s tower, standing in front of a mysterious mirror. And in a series of flashbacks, the mirror reflects all of the trials and hardships Snow White had to face over the course of her life.

This was a beautiful story, worthy of standing alongside the original itself. As any modern retelling, it did twist and change the original story, but it did keep the core and setting the same and tried to imbue it with a greater realism that has gotten lost with the frothy Disney version. This retelling doesn’t beat around the bush with the abuse Snow White had to face growing up under the shadow of the Evil Queen.

Though, as much as I thought it shone, I did find things to fault. It was extremely hard reading all the abuse Snow White suffered, even early on it felt like she was too wrapped up in herself and her own pain to give her daughter even a moment of her attention, and the mirror kept saying how strong she was, but in all the scenes she always relied on someone else, or took a coward’s way out (though she did withstand so much abuse, that definitely took strength), even in the main example of her strength, she relied on the memory of her mother for strength. The pivotal scene of the death of the Evil Queen got left out. I mean the Queen was there making her life a hell and reigning terror and then she was suddenly gone from the story without actually seeing her depart from the book. The other odd bit was that the story seemed to be set in Germany with Germanic sounding kingdom names, but aside from English, the only other accent used was Scottish by two of the characters.

Still, it’s a fascinating idea of trying to do the life and times of Snow White in a realistic view as well as the thought of what comes after the tale, like in Into the Woods, but without all the magic. Though I kept thinking how interesting a story would be starring the magic mirror itself.
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5.0 van 5 sterren What is happily ever after? 14 april 2016
door Erika - Gepubliceerd op Amazon.com
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The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a different kind of story. “Different” is what caught my eye. We’ve all seen the Disney version of fairy tales and know the princesses all too well but what is happily ever after? Does anyone ever wonder what it is? Did the princesses really live a glorified happy life after the charming prince rode in on his white steed and swept her off her feet?
In my opinion this is the anti-fairy tale. The story opens with a sorrowful, mourning Snow White. It is a year since her Prince Charming has passed. They have a daughter Raven whom Snow White can’t even look at because of the resemblance she bares to her father. Broken inside she wanders to her evil step mother’s quarters, now old, dusty with critters taking residence. She stumbles upon the magic mirror and takes the reader on a journey through her “happily ever after”.
David Meredith added dimension and character to a now much older Snow White. We don’t see the young girl anymore instead we see a middle aged distraught woman whom longs to be in the arms of her Prince Charming once again. The plot in this novella is unique. For me that’s a huge plus. I don’t want to read the same thing over and over just a different author. An excellent debut novel.
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4.0 van 5 sterren Remarkable story 5 december 2013
door Michele Wiegert - Gepubliceerd op Amazon.com
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I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought I had a general idea of what I was going to be reading. Boy was I wrong. This book goes deeper than I expected, and you see more into what happens to Snow White throughout her life.

David Meredith does such a fantastic job of pulling you into the story, that you almost feel what Snow White goes through. You are there with her, dealing with everything that’s thrown her way.

When you first meet Snow White, she is deeply depressed and can’t even get excited about her own daughter’s wedding, something she should be elated about. Instead she hides away from people because she can’t seem to keep up the act that others expect of her. Then one day she does to the one place she knows no one will follow here, Queen Arglist’s quarters. There she finds the famous “magic mirror” and from there you are taken through a very emotional rollercoaster.

The mirror encourages Snow White to look into its depths to help her overcome the feelings she’s been having. At first, Snow White is reluctant, what can this mirror show her what she doesn’t already see. She soon realizes how wrong she was, and she’s taken back to her past and lives through each horrible experience and happy memory she’s had. You are taken through Snow White’s journey of when she was a little girl, all the way to her marriage to Charming and her pregnancy.

Will Snow White be able to see how much happiness she could have if she would focus on what’s going on now instead of the past? Or will she continue on her path of despair and end up doing something she’ll forever regret?
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4.0 van 5 sterren What really happened to Snow White and Prince Charming? 2 januari 2014
door Backyard Horse Tales - Gepubliceerd op Amazon.com
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Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Copyright 2013
Author: David Meredith
Cover Art: Matt Huges

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone? This question starts of the book description of David Meredith’s poignant look at the life of Snow White after the death of her beloved Charming.

This leap forward into the life of the well known fairy tale princess begins with a queen in a deep state if mourning. She is unable to cope with the loss of her husband of thirty years. She wishes to join him, but made a promise to her king to never try to harm herself.

Through her reflections she comes to realize that she is inflicting some of pain, neglect and torment that she suffered onto her daughter. Readers will be immersed in the life of an abused child who becomes queen.

This isn’t a suitable story for children, but teens and adults will enjoy this look at Snow White’s struggle with depression and search for a purpose in life, following a devastating loss.

David style of writing vividly paints a picture of the time period, and moves the fairy tale Snow White into a real woman who is completely believable. I will be looking forward to more books from this talented author.

I purchased this on my Kindle, so I would have a true reaction as a book purchaser. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical, but intrigued. The Reflections of Queen Snow White was a pleasant surprise! There is some violence and sexual content woven through Snow White’s reflections of her early life, but I highly recommend this book for older Snow White fans.

David Meredith, well done. This book is a solid four star on my book meter.

Reviewed by Jackie Anton………Author of the award wining Backyard Horse Tales series.
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4.0 van 5 sterren A fairy tale for adults 15 februari 2014
door Andrew Burfield - Gepubliceerd op Amazon.com
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Snow White. It's a story we're all familiar with, one we loved as a child, but a story that doesn't pass muster to our cynical adult minds. However many fairy tales we might have read as children, adult life is pretty quick to free us from any misconceptions that we might have our own happily ever after. The world just doesn't work that way. Most bitter of all, perhaps, is a long happy life filled with love. That's probably as close to "happily ever after" as any of us can hope for, but it comes with a pretty cruel twist courtesy of our mortality. Eventually one of you will die, and the other will be left alone.

It's this cruely realistic take on "happily ever after" that forms the basis of David Meredith's fairy tale for adults. What happens to the princess once time and inevitability claims her prince and steals her happy ending?

Using the familiar mechanism of the "magic mirror", Snow White is forced to confront her past, in a quest to discover how she can continue on beyond her "happily ever after" and make a new life without her Prince Charming. This is fine story-telling, and a fairy tale with all of the familiar trappings of that genre, but a tale that will appeal and resonate with adults.