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Book Review: Before Midnight: A Retelling

Title: Before Midnight: A Cinderella Retelling

Author: Cameron Dokey

Premise: Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.

The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants’ care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon’s father, and her arrival changes their lives.

When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon’s new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny — a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are.

Thoughts, Comments:  I like Dokey’s writing; it’s very descriptive, and well written. I do like that the story has lightness to it even during the peak of the story. It is a quick read, the book has 200 pages.  Cendrillon was an interesting take on Cinderella. She was strong willed, and knew where she stood even if no one else did. She spoke up, and kept her friend Raoul in line. The twists and turns of the book were interesting, and kept me reading. The change with the Step-mother, and step-sisters; I kind of like the fact that they didn’t mistreat her. Not much to say about this one. I liked it alright. I would recommend to any fairy tale fan. Sadly the premise is longer then my review… 😦

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