While Beauty Slept (Hardcover)
Chris's March 2014 Staff Pick: This is a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down.
This is Elizabeth Blackwell’s debut novel of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of a servant, Elise. She comes to the castle as young girl who is destitute and becomes friends with the Queen. She lives a good life, though she is always looking over her shoulder for the “evil” Millicent.
It has all the makings of a great fairy tale, romance, an evil villain, and a happily ever after.— From Chris's Picks
March 2014 Indie Next List
“Humble Elise Dalriss was a companion to the beautiful princess Rose, who, as the fable recounts, was doomed since birth. The king's aunt Millicent who was banished from the kingdom on the day after Rose's birth because the king felt she had put a spell on his wife, returns on the celebration day and proclaims, 'You will all spend the rest of your life in fear.' Then she disappears leaving behind a kingdom reeling in shock and horror. Through the eyes of Elise, Blackwell has retold the tale of Sleeping Beauty using dark, sensual, and magical language and a complex plot full of surprises. Readers will be enthralled with this debut.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Historical fiction at its best "The Brothers Grimm" meets "The Thirteenth Tale"
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.
And so begins Elise Dalriss's story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.
About the Author
Elizabeth Blackwell works as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," "Ladies Home Journal," "Parenting," and the "Chicago Tribune," among other publications."
"Old-fashioned story-telling and historical fiction create a charming alchemy in this clever reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. . . . With its palace intrigue, romance and death, this is no fairy tale but enchanting nonetheless." —People
“Blackwell treats readers to a retelling that makes historical fiction of the fantasy … Following in the inspired footsteps of Gregory Maguire’s fairy-tale twists, this debut novel puts a spellbinding new spin on a classic yarn.” —Booklist
"Blackwell is faithful to the original while offering a fresh interpretation. . . . [T]he twists that resolve the women's stories are both convincing and moving." —Publishers Weekly
"Unexpected and heartrending . . . A gripping tale full of romance, secrets, and promises made and broken. This beautiful, original reinterpretation of a classic story is engrossing and often surprising." —Library Journal, starred review
“Elizabeth Blackwell is a story-telling genius. Her mesmerizing writing weaves a spell that will enchant you. While Beauty Slept . . . will take your breath away.” —Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Heather Wells mystery series
"Elizabeth Blackwell’s writing is magical in this complex, dark, and sensual retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Imaginative, evocative full of surprises, this is a captivating debut." –M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction