A Story About A Tale ~ Cinderella

Hello my lovely friends 💕

A few days ago I came across a picture taken from a beautiful, antique edition of ‘Cinderella’, published by George D. Hurst in 1896. 

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I know this fairytale by the name of ‘Aschenputtel’, by the Brothers Grimm, always assuming (should never do that! 😏) that Cinderella was just the translated version of the old german tale. Shows you what I know 😄

The Brothers Grimm actually ‘borrowed’ the story of Cinderella from a french author by the name of Charles Perrault, born in 1628, died in 1703.
He wrote down all of the stories he told his own children, and collected them in a book called Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals: Tales of Mother Goose.
This very first fairy tale book contained the stories of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Tale of Mother Goose – of course, and more. img_6848

So basically a middle-aged, former lawyer is the father of our beloved fairy tales. 😊 Who knew? And a dapper gentleman he is…img_6849Thanks for reading! 🥰 Now, please tell me – what’s your favorite fairy tale? I can’t wait to find out.

Until next time 💕

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An Update…and A Booktalk

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Well, this feels a bit awkward. It seems like it’s been ages since I sat down to share things with you. Mostly because I didn’t have anything to share. And just my daily routine would make for one boring read. 😏

The new year welcomed me into it’s fold with a nasty cold that lasted (seemingly) forever. When I finally came up for air – breathing without coughing is so underrated    – I was full of energy, planning a day out…and on the way fell down some steps and twisted my ankle. 🙈 So, back to the couch. I didn’t even give that thing time to miss me! 😉 When I was finally able to limp around without too much pain, I managed to start on a new path – I snatched up a booth at the local Antique Mall. Yay me! 😃 More on that later.
Then another cold virus found me. Ugh! I haven’t been sick in ages…now this year I am the chosen host for quite a few nasty things. 🤧 It was a milder episode, so I’m not gonna complain (too much).

But, one good thing came out of all this couch-time. I had time to read! So much time for so many wonderful books.

Today I want to tell you about two books that really stood out from the masses.

Temple Secrets 

and

Gullah Secrets 

both by Susan Gabriel.*

They’re both fascinating  stories, taking place in Savannah, Georgio and southern South Carolina.

The Temple family has been collecting secrets of the ‘upper crust’ of Savannah for decades. Every tidbit recorded in diaries. Now these secrets are coming to light, they’re being published, one by one, in a daily paper.
This is the basis for the first book Temple Secrets. But there is so much more to this tale. The characters are fascinating, the family’s own secrets nothing to be proud of.
The story is woven so intricately that it’s hard to describe why it’s so wonderful without giving anything away.
All I can say is that these two books are some of the best I’ve ever read (definitely in the Top 5), and I’m jealous of everyone who hasn’t read them yet.

The second book in the two-part story is Gullah Secrets.

In this sequel the lovely women of the Temple family take us to their roots on a small island at the coast of South Carolina. Here the breathtaking ride continues, and….
well, I’m not gonna give away the ending.    You will have to see/read for yourself.

If you would like to learn more about the author, just click here
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I usually read cozy murder mysteries. So these books were a big step away from my TBR list.
I’m now so glad I read them, but at first I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t know what to expect, what to wait for.
See, with a murder mystery it’s easy. You meet the characters, them someone – hopefully someone nasty and unlikeable- gets murdered, and you try to figure out who dunnit.
Well, that was, obviously, not going to happen here.
But the story pulls you in so fast that all you care about is how they cope with the obstacles life throws at them. You don’t wait for anything, you just go along for the ride.

*I honestly have no affiliation with the writer or any bookseller. I’m just so enchanted that I can’t stop gushing! 😍

Okay, I’m done! 😁 All I wanna say now is ‘Thanks for reading’. It’s good to be back.

I hope to see you again soon! 💕

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