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In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous re-imagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story....

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress' apprentice when she is only 10 years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenage Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child.

Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after".

©2018 Danielle Teller (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 15-07-19

Not what I was expecting...

I was expecting a retelling of Cinderella from the step mother’s POV, but this wasn’t really that. I listened to about half and not much happened. It was basically just the stepmother’s depressing backstory. It’s not bad or anything, just not what I was expecting and not all that interesting. I returned this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-06-19

well performed but not the best adaption

The narrator of this book was great, but this was not the best fairy tale adaptation I've read. usually the point of the "fairy take from the antagonist's view" trope serves to help you sympathize with the villain and see a different perspective. I didn't find Agnes sympathetic at all, and while it served to tie "realistic" events to the high points of the fairy tale, it seemed more to me like an story of a parent treating a Neuro-atypical child harshly than a fairy tale. Attempts to help us see why Agnes acts a certain way are undercut by her internal monologue saying "I should have behaved differently, but..." I finished this but just wasn't really my cup of tea.

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  • RueRue
  • 01-02-20

An alternate view of the Cinderella story

I've always loved fairy tales, and this beautiful re-telling of the Cinderella story was very appealing. It did drag a bit in the middle, and the ending felt a bit rushed and too tidy, but it's still a lovely story if you love fairy tales. The narration is perfect.

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  • Michael & Cora
  • 04-06-18

The Other Side of the Story

There are always two sides to every story, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Agnes'. It was believable and tied in very well to what we've all read regarding Cinderella. This is a book I could probably read a time or two and never tire of. Probably not appropriate for readers under the age of 14.
Narration of this book was perfect.

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  • 27-05-18

Great book

I loved this book. I was sad when it was over. I love Cinderella and it was fun to hear another version.

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  • Amanda Sprinker
  • 14-10-21

Different spin, same beloved story

Fantastically written and performed! I loved every minute listening. I'm glad Teller didn't change the story or try to impress upon the reader to change their mind about Cinderella's stepmother. She wove a fabulous tale that brings all of the characters into a depth I have not previously seen or read about in any of the Cinderella stories out there. Agnes's growth throughout the book and her relationship with Ella was so naturally written, I could easily empathize with Agnes from the beginning. Well done, I will be visiting this book often!

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  • Mawky
  • 01-09-21

Fantastic!! 5 stars!

Words escape me! This was beautifully written and beautifully narrated! I highly recommend! The authors ability to describe the feelings, the scenery and the overall thoughts and conversations that occurred were so eloquently pieced together that I finished this audio book in just a few days.

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  • T. Craig
  • 11-02-21

A new perspective on a character we’ve all despised for year!

An easy read and neat way to retell the story of the “evil” stepmother we’ve all despised for decades.

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  • Faith
  • 30-06-20

A woman far before her time

This book transported me to a different time and I enjoyed every minute of it. a clever woman indeed on a mission to give her daughters the best life they could. I loved the language, the imagery, and the narrator.

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  • DeAnna Helgeson
  • 09-01-20

What a great book that tells a different but heartwarming tale.

I loved it. Sometimes it was hard to decipher the language used as it was set so long ago but it was a beautiful book. Told so well. Would recommend it! Leaves you with a warm heart about the fairy tale