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All the Ever Afters

The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
Written by: Danielle Teller
Narrated by: Jane Copland
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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So much fun !

How fun and interesting to hear the other side of the so called Cinderella story. If you like Wicked, you'll like this too. Story is more for adults though.

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  • Michael
  • 2018-06-04

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-27

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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  • Marla Balla
  • 2019-01-13

Excellent fairy tale historical fiction

I initially thought this book would have fairy tale elements such as magic and godmothers. As I progressed, I found I wasn’t disappointed at the absence of the supernatural. Oh, there is certainly a godmother and I actually cursed her out loud because her character was so well written. All the characters were! It really is much like Wicked- except instead of the wicked witch of the west, you have “Cinderella” and the “wicked” stepmother/daughters. The author did an amazing job of flipping this tale on its head and making me believe that this story could have happened! She will completely change your mind about Cinderella being the demure victim and make you re-think all the fairy tales of your childhood. If you like reading historical fiction- you will enjoy this. A truly wonderful tale.

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  • Jasmine
  • 2019-01-03

A Mother's Story

A beautiful retelling of Cinderella that gives meaning to the stepmother's story. I loved the incorporation of elements from other versions. This is the story any mother will relate to.

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  • Olivia
  • 2019-01-03

One of my favorite fairy tale retellings!!!

I've read a lot of fairy tale retellings, but I think this is one of my favorites. It's a beautifully told story of Cinderella's "evil" step-mother. However, this could almost stand entirely alone without the hook of being about Cinderella's stepmother. It's a wonderful and interesting story all on its own and really only ventures into the realm of the Cinderella fairy tale in the last third.

Also, I think I'm really glad that I listened to this one instead of reading it. I feel like I would have skimmed over the beautiful language if I was reading it on my own. But by listening to it, I was forced into absorbing every word and I was transported into the world. Jane Copland is a wonderful narrator.

This book is really wonderful and I would definitely suggest this as a must-read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-14

excellent in every way

the writing in this book, the reading of this book, and storyline are all excellent. I enjoyed every moment of this book.

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  • Michaela
  • 2018-10-11

the best Cinderella story

this is the best rendition of Cinderella I've ever heard, I truly love this story.

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  • Adriana Hernandez
  • 2018-08-25

Awesome highly recommend

The narrator was great she knew exactly the different types of voice tones to make for each character the story was good and very well put together. My personal opinion I'm still on Cinderellas side

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  • Mary
  • 2018-08-12

Interesting perspective

Great perspective and insight into pieces that brought together the fairy tale that I grew up with. I loved that the story fitted and moulded itself so perfectly into the story of Cinderella. Cinderella, the Ugly Step Sisters and Step Mother can now be seen in detailed 3 dimension and colour!!!

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  • dana747
  • 2018-06-16

Very enjoyable book.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the story was certainly interesting. There is always two sides to every story....