Moss Gown by William H. Hooks

This book makes me cry every time I read the final pages. (No cheating!) Moss Gown is Cinderella meets King Lear set in the Deep South. "Gris-gris, gris-gris, grine, Who'll wear my gown so fine?" (pg16) Candace is banished by her wicked sisters from their plantation home after giving a plain, unadorned answer to her [...]

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Snow White by Charles Santore

Snow White, illustrated by Charles Santore (Park Lane Press, a division of Random House) These are gorgeous, detailed illustrations that look like paintings based on real-life models. I love the opening image of the queen doing her needlework glancing longingly out onto a snowy landscape, a warm, rough-woven shawl and a grey tabby to keep [...]

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

In a not-so-quiet townhouse, somewhere in Manhattan, there are twelve Hamilton sisters, shut away from the world by an embarrassed father. The eldest, Jo, is a surrogate mother figure, de facto leader (earning her the moniker “The General”), and dance instructor. It is the Roaring Twenties and the girls know every popular dance from the [...]

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

I've been meaning to read this for well over a year now.  Each time I see the cover of the girl holding the beautiful, magical flower, I've thought "hmm, maybe later." Then finally, that day came.  While this novel is firmly rooted in YA fantasy (with some of the usual characteristics), I would classify it [...]

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1)

Tucked away in a backwater Mississippi town is Wyndriven Abbey, home of the mysterious, intoxicating Bernard de Cressac. Sophia Petheram enters her godfather’s world as an orphan and is captivated by his gusto for life. However, Sophia soon discovers an eerie commonality between de Cressac’s former wives and herself: they all have hair in strands [...]

Belle by Cameron Dokey (Once Upon A Time #14)

This was a sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a French-speaking coastal town.  What sets this version apart from other B&TB versions that I've read is the musings on beauty and ugliness from Belle, who believes that she is not beautiful.  Her two sisters are Beauties, with a capital 'B', the kind [...]