Saturday, April 4, 2009

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon

Almost everyone has seen the Disney version of Cinderella. Mom dies, Dad remarries, Dad dies, and Cinderella is left with a step-mother from hell and her two daughters. Cinderella is treated like a slave, until one day her fairy Godmother dresses her like a princess, she goes to the ball, the prince falls in love with her, and they live happily everafter. Well, thats the gist of it anyways.

In Godmother, the story focuses on the Godmother. Lil is a fairy and the elders have seen it to be Cinderella's destiny to go to the ball and the Prince will fall in love with her and yadda yadda yadda. The elders make it Lil's job to make sure it happens. What they didn't count on was Lil falling in love with the Prince herself and going to the Ball in Cinderella's place. She promises Cinderella she will return right after the ball, and they will talk about things that are depressing Cinderella. But when Lil returns to Cinderella, things are not as they should be and Lil is banned from the fairy world by the elders.

Lil finds herself in the human world and try's desperately to get back to her world and her sisters. But she remains for centuries because she still hasn't learned her lesson with Cinderella. Lil works in a bookstore in this life. It's a simple life. Every morning she pulls out the book on Cinderella and remembers, and every night she unbinds her wings in the privacy of her own apartment.

But one day, Lil meets Veronica, a young woman full of life and who loves all things retro. They quickly become good friends, and Lil figures out what she should do in order to return to the world of fairy.

Despite the whimsical cover, this is a truly sad book. I couldn't put it down, I was so drawn into Lil. She is an old woman who keeps living in her past, and you just want to have her over for tea and a nice long chat. If your looking for fairy tales, this isn't the book for you. Sure, its compelling and magical, and full of remorse, but the ending will leave you shocked and wide-eyed. I highly recommend this wonderfully written novel to any book-lover!


  1. This book just looks FABULOUS. Thanks for the review!

  2. Wendy:

    What a unique, but sad sounding story.

    You've written and excellent review and I am certainly intrigued. It is added to my list. :)

    Warm Regards

  3. Lol, really like your opening paragraph! I'm looking forward to reading this as soon as my library gets it. Oh! I didn't know it was sad :(

  4. It's a sad book? Whoa I would have never guessed. I first read about this book a few months ago and just saw it at the bookstore today. I really need to read it, especially since it's a sad read, I love those hehe

  5. I won this book in a contest and I am REALLY excited to read it.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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