Books from the Backlog #107

Posted April 9, 2020 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 20 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week’s neglected book

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow

A luminous reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, told from the perspective of Agnes, the beautiful girl’s “evil” stepmother

Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth…

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, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.”

Why did I add All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother to my bookshelf?
I have had this book on my radar since the day I spotted it on Edelweiss.  I didn’t request it because I knew I couldn’t fit it into my reading schedule but I wanted to.  I picked up a print copy of this book a little more than a year ago and I still can’t seem to fit it into my reading schedule.  I haven’t forgotten about it so hopefully, I will be able to get to it sometime soonish!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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20 responses to “Books from the Backlog #107

  1. I am still admiring that cover. It's wonderful! The character of focus is an interesting one. She was a villain, but I felt like there was more to her story. Sounds interesting.

  2. Oh that cover is gorgeous! I think I'd want to read it just for that. I do like the sound of the retelling but I'll wait for your thoughts!

  3. Hm well I wouldn't pick it usually. I like the cover and it is a different concept, so I might like it.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  4. This is an interesting take. Disney actually has a YA Villains series by Serena Valentino where everything is told from the POV of, you guessed it, the villains. There is a constant thread through the stories, and past books are constantly referenced. I have read most of them to Eleanor and once the libraries are open again we will be on the the next book, which is about Maleficent. It started with the Wicked Queen, then Beast, Ursula, Malificent, Mother Gothel, The Odd Sisters (not Disney Villains, but one of the unifying aspects of the entire series), then Cruella de Vil. The series is quite dark at times and I definitely have to edit as I am reading sometimes, but Eleanor and I both really like it.

  5. I love the sounds of this one and that cover is awesome. I love dark stories and this sounds like it would fit the bill.

  6. I have actually just seen this one in a bookshop and it made me really interested in reading it. So I have just added it to my TBR! I hope you will pick this one as well. It's such a beautiful cover <3