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Ever After: A Cinderella Story (Laurel-Leaf Books) Mass Market Paperback – August 10, 1998

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A prince in search of a princess, a domineering baroness and her two daughters, and an orphaned servant girl who sleeps in the ashes by the fireplace....

By the time Danielle is eight years old, her mother and father have died and she has been left in the care of her new stepmother, the Baroness Rodmilla of Ghent.  Twelve years later, the baroness and her two daughters have made Danielle their servant, giving her the nickname Cindersoot and ordering her every day to chop firewood, tend the grounds, and clean the manor house.

When Prince Henry of France begins a search for a wife, the baroness intends to make sure her beautiful daughter Marguerite becomes his bride.  But when Danielle and the prince meet by chance one day, sparks fly.  The baroness will do everything within her power to keep her servant from becoming the Queen of France.

Based on the classic story of Cinderella by Charles Perrault, Ever After is a historical romance that is certain to charm and delight modern readers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Laurel-Leaf Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (August 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440228158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440228158
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like the book because it is very much like the movie, and I enjoyed the movie so much that I watched it 20 times, at least! I like the characters because they say the same words and act the same way like they do in the movie.
That was a test. If you found nothing wrong with the style (never mind the grammar) of the previous paragraph, then this book is perfect for you. The author writes romance novels for young adults (with strict emphasis on "young"). This novelization of Ever After is written in a style typical of that genre. With apologies to the author, I know that I am not part of the target readership of 12-14 year-olds. If you enjoyed the book, read no further. I don't want to ruin your opinion of a good novel. Otherwise, this review's for everybody else.
Knowing the author's intent, why did I read it? Curiosity, and a secret desire that the novel would miraculously undergo a pumpkin transformation into a decent read. It never did. I am writing to warn those viewers who loved the enchantment and the intellect of the movie. I am specifically addressing those readers who enjoy multi-syllabic words in a novel, and who actually remember the disco during its first incarnation...the "non-young" adults. Please DO NOT waste your hard-earned money on this book. If you absolutely must, just borrow a copy.
They say never judge a book by its cover. Well, never judge a movie by its novelization. The movie was brilliant, the novel falls short of the promise of the movie. I read this in an hour, which was forty-five minutes more than I should have spent on it.
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Usually when I read books based on movies I am deeply dissapointed becasue A. they usually leave out important scenes, and/or B They treat the book like a screen play and barely put in any description. This book did not to that. I found Danielle's Cinderella like Story to be just as good in a novel as in a movie. If you liked the movie and you love fairy tales with strong Female charecters then you should definatly read this book!
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I think the book was just as good as the movie.. The book gave a little more detail that MAYBE some people were looking for.. I would definately recommend the book.. And if you haven't watched the movie.. I'm sure you will love it.. I loved both the book and movie..
I think some people just aren't happy enough.. they have to have things there way.. I'm sure Wendy Loggia made the book as best as she could and I think she did a Wonderful job on it.. And they always say the books better then the movie.. well I liked them equally the same.. The book just has a little more detail..
I recommend everyone see the movie and read the book!!!!!!
oh and it does help some if your a fan of Drew Barrymore!!!!!
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What a beautiful story. Many people can relate to this story as they have felt less than a person by someone else. This story tells it well and in the end the beaten down rises to overcome all the past adversity. I too have told a similar tale of the rise and fall of the human spirit in my novel "Fallacious". This story is similar to mine also in that it brings you to distant lands, incorporates castles, has a Prince, the fine line between love and hate and a woman with a strong inner strength that eventually pops through to bring her back to life.
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I love the movie and I love the book even more! I finished the book within 2 days! I couldn't put it down. It's so different yet its so alike compared to the movie.
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I had seen the movie dozens of times before I read the book, which I spoted my teacher had on her classroom shelf. I borrowed it which only took me a couple of hours to read. It is way better than the movie because it can tell you the actual feelings the characters are feeling, thinking, & expirencing. Other than that, the storyline is, is,well, it was so good I can't even discribe it in words! It is romantic, sweet, witty, yet also very clever. Even though set in the early 1600's, it is even better in that time, which such poetry, & feeling that a woman could not discuss in those times.
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As a novelization of the movie, Ever After was moderately successful. Though it took very few risks in any further development of any sort and kept the same dialogue throughout, fans of the movie will no doubt enjoy seeing the slightly altered screenplay. My objections remained the same for both-- lack of a convincing and well-researched historical setting (this is so NOT a historical romance), and a general shortage of logic and attention to detail in the proceedings.
As a retelling of Cinderella, it was noticeably less successful. Wendy Loggia is clearly not an overly creative or skilled author, and the prose was laughable at times. The characters of Danielle and Henry cried out for proper development-- treatment they never received. Ever After had the potential of being a good retelling on its own merits, but the poor writing detracted greatly from an entertaining story. The only witty dialogue was directly derived from the screenplay. My opinion was possibly lowered by the fact that I have read quite a few Cinderella retellings much better than this one; give Ella Enchanted, Just Ella, or Silver Woven in my Hair a try.
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