Official blurb: What happened to Cinderella after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her failed marriage and her inability to have a child. Torn between the Queen’s insistence that she try all means necessary to conceive and her own desires, she agrees to travel to Paris to consult with a witch to help her become pregnant. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and her world is suddenly turned upside down…
Cinderella has always been my favourite fairy tale. I always just thought it was so much more superior to Snow White or Sleeping Beauty – at least Cinderella tries to do something to change her life, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty just kind of lie there. Cinderella is definitely the best: rags to riches, a fairy godmother and a common girl who manages to get a Prince to fall in love with her. But even as a child I always wondered what happens when the book is closed and the story ends. What happens after te wedding and they ride off into the sunset? Do they really live happily ever after?
Cinderella’s Secret Diary endeavours to answer these questions and does so quite well. Narrated by Cinderella through her diary which is written in the form of letters to her now absent fairy godmother, we find Cinderella’s happily ever after isn’t quite so happy after all. Unable to produce a much desired heir, Cinderella is on the outs with her mother in law and her marriage has become frosty and her Prince isn’t exactly what her dreams were made of.
Cinderella’s Secret Diary stays true to the original story but is a telling of what happens next. It’s slightly strange to be pulled through the journey by Cinderella’s less cheerful voice, it’s difficult to picture a sad Cinderella because she was always optimistic. But it does clear up my childhood questions as well as delve deeper into a beloved fairy tale while creating a whole new one.
Written in a rich, beautiful was so as not to take away from the original story, Cinderella’s secret diary is definitely worth a read as well as a re-read.
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