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

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

A luminous reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, told from the perspective of Agnes, the beautiful girl's “evil” stepmother

Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth...

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, a woman who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. But what unfolds is not the princess's history. The tale Agnes recounts is her own.

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice at Aviceford Manor when she is just ten years old. Alone, friendless, and burdened with a grueling workload, Agnes carves a place for herself in this cold place that is home to Sir Emont Vis-de-Loup, a melancholic and capricious drunkard.

Using her wits and ingenuity, Agnes eventually escapes and makes her way toward a hopeful future, serving as a housemaid for the powerful Abbess Elfilda. But life once again holds unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking twists that lead Agnes back to Aviceford Manor, where she becomes nursemaid to Ella, Emont's sensitive, otherworldly daughter. Though she cares for Ella, Agnes struggles to love this child, who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, ultimately, the celebrated princess who embodies all our unattainable fantasies.

Familiar yet fresh, tender as well as bittersweet, the story of Agnes and Ella's relationship reveals that beauty is not always desirable, that love may take on many guises, and that freedom is not always something we can choose.

Danielle Teller's All the Ever Afters challenges our assumptions and forces us to reevaluate what we think we know. Exploring the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, this lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive novel shows us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound—and ultimately more precious—truth about our lives 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...

  • ?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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    4.5 stars! RTCA really impressive historically-grounded novel that really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it; I loved the presentation of gender and social roles. I also love Agnes, my clever Sly...