The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett
A retelling of Cinderella, this story is told from the older stepsister, Jane. Isabella and her father join the Montjoy family of Jane, Maude and their mother in their regal family mansion. Tragedy strikes again when Isabella looses her father. The family is once again left without a father figure and thrust back into poverty. Jane takes matters in to her own hand, Isabella becomes a servant and the story’s ending is different than you would expect.
This retelling had all the classical elements of Cinderella that I loved, but then added an unexpected twist at the end. I thought it was very well written and I enjoyed the characters. For once you get to see Jane’s perspective and it was refreshing and different. I felt their mother was too oblivious to relate too, but you could see she meant well. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending, I felt it was abrupt and didn’t really give a thorough explanation on how things happened after the twist. Overall it was a good, intriguing read. 2.5/5
Published: 2014, 272 pages.