All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining 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’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged 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.”

Title:All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062798206
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About Danielle Teller

Danielle Teller (formerly Morse, née Dyck) grew up in Canada, where she and her two brothers were raised by the best parents in the world. As a child, she was a bookworm who dreamed of being a writer, but she chickened out and went to medical school instead. In 1994, she moved temporarily to America, and she has been living temporarily in America ever since.


    All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother Reviews

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 Stars “We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?” I’ve never been big of fairy tales, but the description of thi...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Beautiful inside and out; All the Ever Afters is a sorrowful tale woven from lyrical prose, words as lovely an...

  • Carrie

    All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller is a fantasy retelling. Taking on the idea that every story has different sides readers get to know Cinderella's s...

  • ?Misericordia?  ?????? ????

    👑 Oh, dear! This is the mind-blowing tale, fairy or not, that I've always wanted to get my hands on. I've never been one for the Cinderella story. It just never felt absolutely right. So, she becom...

  • Cait ? A Page with a View

    This is easily one of the cleverest fairy tale retellings I've ever found! The author put so much thought & care into every aspect of the story that it almost feels like this is the original story tha...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/See my mediocre book pics here3.5 Stars “Everyone knows the story about Prince Henry’s hunt for the beautiful girl he met at the ball, ...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/22/...I’ve never been able to say no to a good fairy tale retelling. They are my absolute weakness, and I’ve been especially tem...

  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)

    I received this ARC from William Morrow on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way."Being strong does not disqualify you from being beaut...

  • Isabella Conti

    When I reached the end and closed this book, I felt fulfilled, and at so many levels. The language captured me first. What a complete command of expressions! A pleasure to watch its secure stroke, its...

  • Darque  Dreamer

    All the Ever Afters is realistically refreshing! It is captivating and emotional. With a unique twist on a classic faerie tale villain, this one is sure to impress!When I saw the synopsis for this one...