Giveaway for five paperbacks here, as well as the full tour schedule.
Wyn Estelle Owens is releasing this book today. I haven’t yet read it, but it has been recommended to me as excellent historical fiction.
It’s also a fairy tale retelling, if you’re into those. They aren’t my thing, but I’ve heard there’s no magic or other fantastical elements in this story, so I’m interested in trying it for the historical side. If what I’ve heard is anything to judge by, it should be brilliant.
I have a guest post by Wyn Estelle Owens to share with you, and it’s a beautiful little piece touching on faith, hope, and love. Here she is.
What does Snow White mean to me?
I feel like this should be a super easy question to answer. After all, I just wrote a Snow White retelling. This should be a piece of cake, right?
Apparently, if my half-an-hour of staring at a mirror has anything to say about it, ‘piece of cake’ was a lie.
Girl is pretty. Evil step mom is jealous and tries to kill her. Girl proceeds to befriend and accept gifts from strangers until she keels over after eating a poisoned apple. But (spoiler!) she is saved by a clumsy servant, and the poison was knocked out of her. She marries the prince and they all live happily ever after.
So what is the moral of the story?
I think I have an answer, or at least what my answer is. Everyone will look at this story differently, but this is what it means to me, at least.
Snow White is a story about love.
I know, I know, that sounds cheesy, but hear me out.
Snow White is and always will be fairer than her Stepmother, cause her heart is full of love. She is so sweet that the Huntsman cannot bear to kill her. She’s so kind that she wins over the hearts of seven curmudgeonly dwarves. She believes the best of people, no matter what, which leads to her being tricked by her Stepmother over and over again. Finally, the love her loyal dwarves hold for her lead them to preserve her body and keep it safe even in death.
So as I said, I believe Snow White is about love. Not romantic love, but just love, plain and simple. Love so pure and bright that anyone who looks at Snow White can see how lovely her heart is.
And now that I think about it, love is a large part of my own story. I feel a little silly now, thinking about it. I wasn’t even really aware of how big a part love had to play in my story. Again, not romantic love, per se (though romantic love does have its moments in the plot). But a large part of Ginny’s motivations are fueled by love. Love for her father, for her country, and for lots of other things that would be too spoilery if I talked about them.
I also believe both the original Snow White tale and my own But One Life are also about Faith and Hope, but that almost goes without saying. When you’ve got a story about Love, Faith and Hope won’t be far behind.