Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Published: October 2nd, 2013 by David Meredith
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.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Reflections of Queen Snow White tells the story of Snow White after Prince Charming took her away to his castle on a white horse, but it’s not happily ever after, after all. Snow White is going through a horrible time in her life where she tries to cope with the death of her husband, but she’s not doing so well. The story is told through a set of flashbacks, from Snow White’s childhood, the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepmother, her marriage to Prince Charming and the way she had to deal with all the things that happened at court.
Snow White in this book is exactly how I imagine Snow White would be like. She is having a very difficult time dealing with the loss of Prince Charming, and while many people experience the death of a loved one and move on, Snow White isn’t moving on. She is very lost without Charming by her side because she doesn’t know how to be without him. I know it seems like Snow White is weak and very dependent on her husband, but I find it realistic, especially after the way she was treated by her stepmother. I don’t want to write too much about this because of spoilers, so you’re going to have to read it to find out.
The writing in this book is lyrical, descriptive and it made my eyes well up a few times. The characters are very beautifully done, especially Snow White. I also liked Prince Charming and Erfreut (one of the dwarves). The story isn’t too long, which is great. I don’t think it needs to be any longer because this is not a story of Snow White trying to take back her kingdom from her evil stepmother and it’s not a story that needs a big set of characters. This is not a typical fairy tale where the heroes win and the villains die, because even though all those things did happen in Snow’s life, I don’t think that it is the main focus of this story. In this book, the only villain Snow White has to deal with is herself.
I really like this book, and I would definitely recommend it. This story explores how abuse can affect your life long after the abuser is gone, it shows how loneliness, grief and depression can take over your life, and how you can overcome it. It’s a good story of self-reflection, about looking into yourself and seeing more than you thought was there. You don’t have to lose a loved one to feel lonely. Anyone can feel loneliness even when they’re in a room full of people, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it. The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a wonderful story of how a person can look at the same memories and think about it in a different way, and how even ‘happily ever afters’ come with bumps.
“Much of your heart remains hidden, even from the ones you love most
-even from yourself
-David Meredith, The Reflections of Queen Snow White