Book Review: Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

367349Title: Before Midnight: A Retelling of “Cinderella”

Author: Cameron Dokey

Series: Once Upon a Time Fairytales

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: March 6, 2007


Book Summary:

Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and court, he brings a second child to be raised alongside her, a boy whose identity he does not reveal.

The girl, La Cendrillon, and the boy, Raoul, pass sixteen years in the servants’ care until one day a very fine lady arrives with her two daughters. The lady has married La Cendrillon’s father, and her arrival changes their lives.
When an invitation to a great ball reaches the family, La Cendrillon’s new stepmother will make a decision with far-reaching effects. Her choice will lead La Cendrillon and Raoul toward their destiny — a choice that will challenge their understanding of family, test their loyalty and courage, and, ultimately, teach them who they are.
I first read this years ago, soon after I purchased it. And I thought it was a pretty good book. This time I liked it even more. And because it had been awhile since I last read it, I’d forgotten much of what happens in the book, so it was almost like reading it for the first time. 
The style of the writing has an old-time feel, which works well for the book. I liked the way magic was intertwined with the daily life and presented as matter-of-fact. I liked the way this book looks at love of various types and how different people react to having it and losing it. 
The characters in this book were varied and interesting. And they felt like they could be real people to some extent. I think one of the things I liked most about this book was seeing the interactions between the characters. I definitely plan to read this book again someday. 
Rating: 4 starts – Great Book
Content: Clean, one mild swear word
Source: My bookshelf
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  1. I’ve read several of her books and really enjoyed them. I love fairy tale retellings! 🙂