Saturday, February 21, 2015

Five Glass Slippers: A Collection of Cinderella Stories

Published last year, Five Glass Slippers has received good reviews so far, averaging 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. It's a collection of Cinderella-inspired short stories, but each with a different approach and with something for everyone. And it appears that the stories published were winners of a contest-mostly quite young and some never published before, yet readers seemed happy overall. One comment on Amazon I found interesting, and something we fairy tale lovers may come across, was a one star review titled "Who needs 5 rewrites of Cinderella-especially all in one collection?"

Obviously I feel very differently, otherwise I wouldn't have a fairy tale blog, and if you're reading this you probably also love looking at fairy tales from all different angles. I mentioned a few years ago that I had come across this question from a friend and readers shared that they've had the same experience-some people find that one fairy tale is all they need. So for those of us who find we can never get enough, official description with more details on each story in the collection below:
Ella Dolbear Lee

"What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?
Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!"

WHAT EYES CAN SEE: Elisabeth Brown
Painfully shy Arella begs her stepmother to let her stay home from the prince’s ball. But kindly Duchess Germaine is determined that her beautiful stepdaughter should be presented at court along with her own two daughters. So, dressed in a gorgeous gown and a pair of heirloom slippers, Arella catches the eye of the crown prince . . . and finds her life suddenly far more complicated than she ever desired.
Margaret Tarrant

BROKEN GLASS: Emma Clifton
The slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl! Rosalind never once danced with Prince Marius at the ball, for she is in love with his brother Henry. If only Rosalind and Marius would stop bickering long enough to invent a scheme, perhaps the three of them can find the real mystery lady. But they must work quickly, for dark deeds are afoot, and the kingdom is poised on the brink of disaster.

THE WINDY SIDE OF CARE: Rachel Heffington
Alisandra is determined to have her rights. She knows that she is the king’s secretly dispossessed daughter, the true heir to the throne. Prince Auguste is an imposter, and if she plays her cards right, Alis will prove it to the world! That is, if charming Auguste doesn’t succeed in winning her heart before she gets her chance . 

Hermann Vogel

A CINDER’S TALE: Stephanie Ricker
It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen's blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.

THE MOON MASTER’S BALL: Clara Diane Thompson
After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.


  1. I myself really want to read this collection. When I heard about it I was very excited.
    Some people don't realize that changing a few details in a story changes the whole thing and makes it a different story altogether. Reading different versions of it reveals the background or perspective of each one.

    1. Exactly! The fairy tale inspiration can really just be a starting point. Fairy tales are just teeming with so many different possible interpretations they almost beg for multiple retellings...