“Being strong does not disqualify you from being beautiful.” ~All The Ever Afters
All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller: 4/5 Stars
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, a woman who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. But what unfolds is not the princess’s history. The tale Agnes recounts is her own.
A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice at Aviceford Manor when she is just ten years old. Alone, friendless, and burdened with a grueling workload, Agnes carves a place for herself in this cold place that is home to Sir Emont Vis-de-Loup, a melancholic and capricious drunkard.
Using her wits and ingenuity, Agnes eventually escapes and makes her way toward a hopeful future, serving as a housemaid for the powerful Abbess Elfilda. But life once again holds unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking twists that lead Agnes back to Aviceford Manor, where she becomes nursemaid to Ella, Emont’s sensitive, otherworldly daughter. Though she cares for Ella, Agnes struggles to love this child, who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, ultimately, the celebrated princess who embodies all our unattainable fantasies.
Familiar yet fresh, tender as well as bittersweet, the story of Agnes and Ella’s relationship reveals that beauty is not always desirable, that love may take on many guises, and that freedom is not always something we can choose.
This will be a spoiler free review! 🙂 I honestly wasn’t planning on writing a review for this book, but since I haven’t been writing a lot of reviews I figured I should write one anyway. I hope y’all enjoy it!
This book took me ages to read but not because it was bad…it was just one of those reads I guess. Yanno? The type of read where you like it but don’t read it all at once? It was almost like watching a TV series. If that makes sense…maybe I’m alone in this matter.
Anyway, I really liked this retelling I thought the author did a good job at making it similar but also pretty different. She turned a story that made the stepmother and step sisters go from horrible and nasty people to people who are just trying to live their lives. The stepmother was just someone who was trying to give her daughters a better life. She went through so many things, but did what it took to make sure her daughters had a better life. I found that really sweet, because she didn’t have an easy life but she still loved her daughters fiercely. She could have been a bitter woman but she remained nice but strict. She knew what mistakes her daughters should avoid and did her best to make sure they didn’t make her mistakes. I just found it really touching.
“Rich only matters if he marries you,” I said grimly. “Handsome matters not at all.”
I liked the characters and I like how Ella, also known as Cinderella, was written. Instead of Ella being this perfect person she was kind of odd and a bit of a brat, but you also got to see her grow up with her “evil” stepmother. Her stepmother wouldn’t let Ella get away with just anything which helped shape Ella. I think it was also interesting watching the stepmother grow as well. You meet her when she is young and you get to see her grow as she has kids and her life changes so much. I just find this to be such a sweet story in its own way.
“Imagine what ideas are locked up in the hearts and minds of women who simply lack the tools to express them.”
This book was honestly just written so well. Like everything flowed so smoothly together and you could tell that the author really put a lot of thought and effort into this book. It really seemed like this could be the real story of Cinderella and I just loved that. I like how it was written in the language of the time period, because a lot of retellings are written in a futuristic or fantasy way, but this one wasn’t at all. It was written in more of a historical way and I think that was a smart way to make a retelling stand out
Anyway, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Cinderella or anyone who likes a good retelling. 🙂 This book has a very good message about growing up and love. I just found it to be very interesting and I say give it a try if you think it might be somehting you’re interested in.
I hope y’all enjoyed this review!! 😀