Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella"
"ONCE UPON A TIME" IS TIMELESS Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does... show more
"ONCE UPON A TIME" IS TIMELESS Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal. The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants' care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon's father, and her arrival changes their lives. When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon's new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny -- a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are.
Publish date: November 30th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
Series: Once Upon A Time Fairytales
I don't know why, but I didn't expect too much from this book.. Well, obviously I have to say that I was wrong.. It's well written, way too different from the story that I used to know (even though this book is based on the original story of Cinderella).. What else should I say? I really liked it!
In this retold Cinderella story, Cendrillon’s heartbroken father abandons her after her mother’s death in childbirth, leading Cendrillon to wish for a mother and siblings to love.He untied the laces of my sturdy, sensible shoe, then eased it off and set it gently on the ground. In its place, he sli...
A nice, simple retelling of Cinderella. This book had lots of influence from the earlier versions of Cinderella, and I liked seeing that resurface. I also really liked how the step family was actually not that bad (well, except for Anastasia). The plot was incredibly predictable, but alright as far ...
A re-telling of Cinderella. I found it interesting and overall well done, but wasn’t massively impressed by it. I did think the characterization of the stepmother and stepsisters was well done. [Jan. 2010]
It was really a mediocre retelling of Cinderella, with some good pieces of writing scattered throughout. Fairytale-wise, a three, characters, 2 and 1/2, while the whole thing with Raoul (spellcheck?) was a bit disturbing to say nothing else. This whole series is a bunch of hit and misses, but I love...