All the Ever Afters
By Danielle Teller
ARC Paperback, 373 pages
2018, William Morrow
I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
Before Cinderlla, there was her stepmother, Agnes. Born a peasant and forced at age 10 to work as a servant in the laundry room of her lord’s manner because her family couldn’t afford to keep her at home, Agnes works hard to build a life for herself. After bearing children, she builds a life for herself running an inn and brewery – until the death of lover leaves her penniless and seeking servitude once more. She finds herself back at the lord’s manner, playing nursemaid to little Ella and struggling to carve out a life for herself and her daughters.
I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, especially when they’re told from the point of view of the “villain” and extra especially (yep) when the view humanizes the characters and makes you see that the story isn’t simply a tale of good and evil.