This wasn’t the book for me. The only reason I’m giving it 3 stars is because of the quality of the writing. The story itself bored me to death. If this wasn’t an ARC, I never would have finished it. I wanted to read this because I love fairy tale retellings. The story of Cinderella’s stepmother seemed interesting. I thought I would see her in a different light, understand why she became the evil stepmother, and empathize with her. Somehow her story never made me sympathetic to her plight. A fair amount of the bad things that happened to her were the result of bad decisions she made. In the end I understood her but didn’t care.
Despite being a fairy tale retelling, it read more like a realistic historical fiction. It was only loosely based on Cinderella; that part only tied in towards the end. Most of the book was focused on her work, most of which was not very interesting. There was not much action or dialogue. A lot of time was spent describing things. It was one of those books were the story unraveled slowly and was character driven. I think some people will really like this book. This style and genre are not ones I care for.
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.