Oct 30, 2020
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
Posted by Carolyn Turgeon

Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment But Lil has an intriguing secret Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings the only key to who she once was the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming.But on that faLil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment But Lil has an intriguing secret Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings the only key to who she once was the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming.But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong Lil allowed herself the unthinkable to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise For her unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans, far from her fairy sisters and their magical underwater world But then one day she meets Veronica a young, fair skinned, flame haired East Village beauty with a love of all things vintage and a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she s been given a chance at redemption If she can find a soul mate for Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so deeply longs for

  • Title: Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story
  • Author: Carolyn Turgeon
  • ISBN: 9780307407993
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment But Lil has an intriguing secret Tucked and bound behind her back a

    Trin

    What This Book Is Being Marketed As Fluffy retelling of the Cinderella story from the godmother s point of view She was kicked out of fairyland for falling in love with Cinderella s prince now, as an elderly bookstore clerk in present day New York, she has the chance to redeem herself by doing some matchmaking for a free spirited hair stylist and her wealthy, recently divorced bookstore owning boss There s a wealthy bookstore owner in this book, so you know it ll be an optimistic fairytale What [...]


    Melodie

    I finished this book last night and I am still stymied on how to review it The author retells classic fairy tales with back stories with twists that include great character development I have enjoyed her work and expected this story to follow that path The fairy realm and it s dealing with humans is the centerpiece here Cinderella s fairy godmother,instead of being the matchmaker, attempted to take the prince for herself Her effort earned her banishment to the human world that she so envied fore [...]


    Bethany

    This book was absolutely beautifully writtenuntil maybe the last 10 pages Despite its cheerful and happy looking cover, the story is dark and somewhat tragic Lil is an old woman living in New York Cityd she has been living in New York City for a few hundred years Because of her failure to help Cinderella to go to the ball and as punishment for falling in love with the prince herself, she has been banished from her world of fairies and now has to live her life as a mortal with wings that she cann [...]


    Claire

    What What was that I can t believe I finished this book I should have abandoned it when it just didn t make sense to me It kinda got interesting in the middle but then petered out again I found it overly descriptive, repetitive and confusing I had previously read Mermaid which was a lovely and far concise book and that was why I tried this one For me, Godmother, is less fairytale retelling, crazy lady needs a therapist Not good.


    Amy

    I ll admit, I was turned off when I first saw the cover It was just so tacky The words were even in glitter and there was this fairy dancing in the corner But then I opened the book and I read the words I honestly don t know how many times I have cried for this book, but every time I think about the beginning, the ending, all the stuff that happened in between, the waterworks just come and come and comeThis is truly a beautiful book with an amazing story The protagonist happens to be a banished [...]


    Cory

    Beautifully written retelling of Cinderella which includes the fairy godmother s life in modern New York City The author writes in a way that makes it very easy to feel and see and understand the characters and situations The ending is a bit weird and confusing, as it calls into question the reliability of the narrator which isn t to say that I didn t like the ending, as I thought it was quite brilliant.


    Taylor Marie

    Full review here taylormaemarie 2016 11 15


    Susana

    This is not an easy book to read This is not simple and straightforward I m not even sure in what literary category to place this book Is it a fantasy book Or is it a story about someone who s having a psychotic breakdown I don t know I adored the writing, and the characters ButThe ending sigh it was dark, and sad, and if you re strong or optimist enough to believe.at you re reading a fantasy work, then the ending was perfect for the main character.The thing is I m not that optimist When I reach [...]


    Nele

    Loved it I m really a sucker for fairytale retellings.And I know that I ll read this one again in the future.


    Kat

    This book was not at all what I was expecting, but I found that I really enjoyed it It was such an interesting perspective, in so many ways And I like that it s open to interpretation This book has many layers In spite of the fairytale elements, it was surprisingly real.


    Mel (Daily Prophecy)

    I loved her book Mermaid so I decided to give this one a try I was a bit disappointed.SPOILERS.This story tells about an old woman called Lil She lives in New York and she works at a local bookshop She works for George, a strange man in my eyes He s always whining about the fact that he ll never find someone new he divorced last year , but he doesn t give anyone a chance.Lil meets Veronica, a bright, young girl and she decides that she and George are destined for eachother something I didn t rea [...]


    Krystle

    What an intriguing summary, no Godmother of Cinderella who s been banished from the fairy world because she fell in love with the prince instead How awesome You know how I love these retellings.Carolyn Turgeon has beautiful writing There were some passages where I had to pause for a bit to let her words sink in because they were just that gorgeous But then other times it felt as if the words were coming out forced, like she was trying too hard to make everything sound ethereal and surreal Don t [...]


    Morrigan

    Well, I kinda feel cheated by this book The story is supposed to be about what really happened the night the fairy Godmother was supposed to get Cinderella ready for the ball Lillian works at a book store that sells used and collective books She allegedly has a secret She is Cinderella s fairy Godmother, a fairy that was banished from the fairy world for falling in love with the prince and going to the ball in Cinderella s place One day she meets a woman named Veronica and she becomes convinced [...]


    Kalyn

    I liked the writing style and the story, but I never really got into the characters I had a hard time finding any connection with them and Lil s suicide at the end just highlighted the lack of connection I don t mind unreliable narrators but I never felt connected to Lil enough to be anything but dismayed by the reveal.


    Misty

    4.5 This was much darker than I thought it was going to be Review to come Apparently I never linked up my video review for this one, so click to be taken to it


    Linnae

    Darker in tone, with bits of magical realism.Lil has been around this world for a very, very, long time She works at an used books store in Manhatten, and goes home at night to an apartment, alone with her memories She used to be a fairy, living in the world under the lake The brightness and freedom of that time seem so far away now Her white feathery wings are all she has left as a reminder of who she was before she was banished, and even they must be tightly kept under wraps in the human world [...]


    Amy

    Fun fairy book took a turn and then another turn, well then, another Not sure what I think about this book at all Clever book, but deceiving.


    Jessica

    Review published here hipsterbookclub reviewCarolyn Turgeon s Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story is a quirky and offbeat retelling of the classic fairy tale, brought up to date for an adult audience While preserving the basic, familiar features of the original story, Turgeon introduces readers to an often overlooked and underappreciated part of the story the fairy godmother Her interpretation is less Walt Disney than Brothers Grimm, hitting on themes of redemption and forgiveness.The godmothe [...]


    Heather

    More like 3.5 stars The book has 3 main characters Lillian Lil is an elderly woman who works at a used book store in Manhattan But Lil has a secret she is a disgraced fairy who was banished to the human world She was Cinderella s fairy godmother, but instead of getting Cinderella to the ball, she fell in love with the prince and went in her place Lil befriends a young woman, Veronica, when Veronica comes into the bookstore to see if she can sell some books she no longer wants Veronica is both a [...]


    salroka

    The summary at the back of the book makes it sound like it s a fluffy retelling of the well known Cinderella story where the godmother is the antagonist She fall in love with the prince herself, instead of helping Cinderella hooking up with him, and got kicked out of Fairyland to live as human where she works in a bookstore and gets a chance to redeem herself play the godmother for the bookstore s owner and a hair stylist which she met in the bookstore The book could have been great if it would [...]


    Sarah

    Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story is Carolyn Turgeon s second novel Since Godmother s release, Turgeon has published The Next Full Moon and Mermaid, the latter of which is currently in development for a movie by Sony Pictures.In present day Manhattan, an old woman with beautiful white hair named Lil divides her time between working in an independent book shop and her lonely apartment Her friends are few and far between, mainly because Lil has an important secret she can never share with anyo [...]


    Laurel-Rain

    What would happen if the Fairy Godmother, who was supposed to get Cinderella to the Ball, totally messed up, for selfish reasons, and everything afterward changed the course of history forever In this tale, we meet Lil, an elderly woman who works in a bookstore in New York City She is isolated and lonely, but she dreams about another time, another place, and about love And every night when she goes home, she unwraps her bandages and unfurls her wings And wishes that things could be different.She [...]


    Julia

    What if the version of Cinderella that has been passed down through the years wasn t quite right Perhaps the fairy godmother didn t resemble a plump bag of potatoes and was constantly tested by her strong feelings for all things human.Lil is an old woman now, ekeing out a small life for herself in Manhattan, working at a bookstore, and always thinking of the past her sister and best friends At night, she goes home alone to her apartment, sinks into a hot bath and lets her wings unfurl Lil, you s [...]


    Ariel

    I picked this up to join in the Once Upon a Time reading challenge held every spring over at Stainless Steel Droppings I just did not like it It was so slow, boring, and repetitive It is a short book and I struggled every day just to get through it The story goes back and forth in time between modern day New York and 300 years ago in some unnamed kingdom inhabited by fairies Lil is a fairy who was been sent to live in modern day New York after she screwed up helping Cinderella meet her prince It [...]


    Barbara Matteson

    I really thought that by the time I finished this book, I would have definitely given it 5 stars The premise is excellent, as I love magical realism, especially when it is geared towards adults However, as I read on, I became bored, as I felt a lot of the language was redundant and did not move the story along Also, I was confused by Lil s age, as it seemed she was really an old woman, not an old fairy woman who lived for centuries And guess what She s the former, and that totally threw me for a [...]


    Jane

    I almost feel this book could have been written for me As a little girl I wanted to be a fairy, not Cinderella who met the handsome Prince That was probably because I didn t want to be scrubbing kitchen floors a task I m not keen on now No, I definitely wanted to be the wand holder with the ability to grant wishes My next admission is my love of books, so working in a bookshop, is my idea of heaven.I loved this story, so beautifully told I felt really sorry for Lillian trapped in the world of hu [...]


    Lucy March

    facepalm Well, I for one found this a highly disappointing read.Marketed as a retelling of Cinderella from the fairy godmother s POV with a twist Yeah, I guess technically it s a twist If you don t mind that the twist is that it s really just poorly paced set up psychological novel about this annoying old lady who went through a trauma when she was young and is now convinced she was once Cinderella s fairy godmother.This could have been good, and some of the descriptions were very engrossing lik [...]


    Monique

    Really want to give this book like a 2.5, I mean I loved the premise the untold story of the oft forgotten fairy godmother in the classic Cinderella story but did not find this book did enough for meI really wanted to like Lil and Veronica and even George however I didnt feel them, their stories and the way the story was told In flashbacks you learn of the fateful night of the Prince s ball when Cinderella was to go and win the prince and live happily ever after however it didnt go this way and [...]


    Jennifer Tatroe

    I felt a little misled by the marketing of this book It is what is, but everything about its cover design, its flap copy, and even its chick litty voice screams that it s something different If you re okay with spoilers, read Trin s review.I found the juxtaposition of the chick lit elements with what turned out to be a much profound and disturbing story to be jarring, at best It s something that I think could have worked Marisa de los Santos does a great job of this, for example but, in this ca [...]


    Christina CK

    On one level, this is a romance novel about a shy and nerdy bookstore owner and a wild and creative hairdresser who have both experienced losses and are afraid to try again until an elderly woman who works at the bookstore plays matchmaker in an attempt to reconcile a tragedy from her past On another level, it is a fairy tale retold with a reluctant prince, a modern Cinderella, and a fairy godmother in search of redemption Is Lil a senile and perhaps mentally ill old woman, scarred by a horrible [...]



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