Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopoulos - Guest Blogger Book Review


Synopsis
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

...(actually, in Medieval France, to be exact) there lived Cinderella's stepsisters, Fredegonde the tall and Javotte the small. They wake up the morning after the legendary ball to learn that they each still have a chance to be the bride—all they have to do is make their feet fit into that tricky slipper. Alas, these two damsels under stress never quite seem to fit in anywhere. But that doesn’t stop them from wishing and hoping as they set upon a quest for grooms and grandeur of their own.


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Jennifer's Review
It is a very good book both happy and sad. It’s a retelling of the story of Cinderella. 
If you remember when she lost her glass shoe, well, the story picks up with the prince trying to find the woman who the shoe belongs to. He plans to marry her. He goes to every house and tries the shoe on every maiden/woman. 
The two step-sisters, Fredegonde and Javotte, try on the shoe after they have made every attempt to make their feet fit. It fails, then Cinderella tries it on and it fits perfectly. She and the prince, Galant, are soon on their way to the castle, which is not as Cindrerlla pictured it. Her step sisters and step mother are soon invited to live in the castle until the wedding day. 
Javotte and Fredegonde soon fall in love with some of the men who live in the castle. A mystery man soon comes in and falls in love with Fredegonde.
Does she love him or marry him? Who does she marry? What about the prince’s father, the Duke? 
Javotte soon learns something bad is going on with him, and only one other person knows the story of... well, spoilers.
What happens to the step-sisters? What happens to Cinderella? 
This is a very good book. I give it 5 stars.


Author Bio
Madina Papadopoulos is a New Orleans–born, New York–based freelance writer and author. She studied French and Italian at Tulane University and went on to pursue her MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA. After graduating, she taught French and Italian to children in early childhood and elementary school programs. Her nonfiction freelance writing focuses on food, drink, and entertainment. She will probably be friends with you if you have a dog. 

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