And they lived happily ever after.
This is the ending for the fairy tales that we grew up on. And it’s the ending for all the Disney movies we watched for years and binge watch even as adults.
Chauncey Rogers has taken Cinderella and put a whole new and ingenious twist on this beloved story.
No fairy godmother. No magic pumpkin. Just one grumpy girl and a glass slipper.
Laure has been on the streets since news of the ship her father was on sunk and had no survivors. She survives by stealing. When we first meet Laure, she is on a mission to steal money from a spice merchant in the main city. Unfortunately, her plan does not work on the way she wanted. Laure is chased through the city by the guards and only manages to escape by hijacking a merchant’s cart.
Laure has managed to steal enough money to get her out of the kingdom, but one thing stands in her way. Luc, the merchant whose cart Laure destroyed, is left with nothing for his family. Luc’s good heart wins Laure over to a drastic plan to enter the royal family and make a difference in the kingdom.
I really enjoyed reading Happily. I’ve been enjoying many fairytale retellings, it’s interesting to see how these classic tales can be reimagined. Rogers had me at the edge of my seat about who would marry the prince.
The words in the story were a little hard to pronounce, thankfully there was a guide in the front of the book that I had to keep flipping back to.
Rogers’s retelling also flips the stereotypical roles a bit. Laure is an unexpected heroine, a thief who only thinks for herself. It takes the man Luc soften her and help Laure see other people and their needs. The themes throughout this book are wonderful, especially to teach to children.
Happily by Chauncey Rogers receives 3.5/5 stars.
*Thank you to the author for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review
Happily and Chauncey Rogers will so be featured on a blog tour in April!
About the Author:
Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.