Sunday, January 19, 2020

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

The Reflections of Queen Snow White
by David Meredith
Narrated by Robin Waters

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.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Reflections of Queen Snow White is more inspired by the original than a retelling. We get the same beloved characters, but it's years down the road, and Snow White has some hard truths to face in order to start living again. The story is a poignant look at love and loss, and with the help of the magic mirror, an aging Snow White looks back on the good and the bad from her life to realize that things aren't always exactly as we remember them. This one is completely different than any other variation of the fairytale that I've had the pleasure to read, and while it isn't always light and sunny, it is very well done, and it held my interest throughout. The story is told from the perspective of Snow White, and Robin Waters does an excellent job with the narration. From Snow White as she is at the time of the story to the Snow White she was through various stages of her life, Robin Waters brought the character to life. As the mirror takes Snow White through her life from a small child to the present, the memories are a combination of heartache and joy, hardship and triumph, and the Queen learns some valuable lessons from her past self. All in all, David Meredith has taken a beloved fairytale and put an original spin on it. With this version, we get what may have happened after the happily ever after conclusion, and the solid storytelling combined with the equally solid narration made for an engaging listen from start to finish.

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