In Depth - Behind the Fairytale

While Beauty Slept - Elizabeth  Blackwell

This was a DRC from Edelweiss.  Publication date is expected to be February 20th.



So we all know that Sleeping Beauty's prince woke her with a kiss from a hundred  year sleep,  after she was felled by a spindle due to a curse from a wicked fairy, right? 


Put the tale in the proper time period, tell it like it was historical fiction, and add a Grimm twist (ha, see what I did there?) to it with a pox epidemic, and you've got this book. 


I'm  usually somewhat of a sucker for fairytales retold, and this was no exception, which was the reason I requested a DRC of it.  However, it turned out to be a bit darker than I had expected. 


If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this.  It does tend to ramble a bit, but the ending is more than worth the effort to get there.