Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: The Reflections of Queen Snow White {+Giveaway!}

With a shrill keen the two young hawks soared over snow-capped peaks, reveling in the newly come spring. The day was crisp and clear and even the dullest of their race would have been able to see for dozens and dozens of miles in every direction.
- p. 6 (PDF version)

For Friday 56:
Snow White put a gentle hand on his thigh and smiled. “You handled it brilliantly though,” she murmured. “At the risk of sounding horribly gouache, I think the Earl of Schweinefett, might have to change his trousers when he gets back to his own chambers!” She giggled girlishly, but then stuck her tongue out in disgust.
- p. 56 (PDF version)

Synopsis of The Reflections of Queen Snow White 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.



  1. This sounds like a delightful, fun story! I'll enter the contest to win an ebook copy.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: STELLA IN STILETTOS.

    1. Happy weekend, Sanda! And good luck ... you may be reading this one soon :)

  2. This sounds really good. I've been on a fairy tale adaptation hunt lately, so this would be a perfect addition. I always wonder what happens in fairy tales after the happy after! Joining the giveaway :) Thanks for sharing :) Enjoy your weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. This is sort of becoming a trend isn't it? Do you have a list somewhere, Juli? I read Boy, Snow, Bird which is an adaptation of Snow White, and of course there is the Cinder series. I'd love to see what else is out there!

  3. I would like to know if she will ever find happiness ever after again.

    1. The "happily ever after" doesn't mean anything anymore ... now you're making me wonder, Tea!

  4. What a beginning and wonderful 56! Happy Reading!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!


    Here is my Friday 56 post!!

    1. I'm not quite sure the 56 is "wonderful" ... heehee.

  5. I would love to win. Why did you pick this fairy tale to follow after the Happily Ever After?

  6. Love the descriptive beginning paragraph.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. Had to enter the giveaway for this one. I love fairytale retellings. :-)

    Happy weekend!


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