While Beauty Slept

While Beauty Slept

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 165 x 234 x 36mm | 635g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0399166238
  • 9780399166235
  • 1,640,048

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"Elizabeth Blackwell is a story-telling genius. Her mesmerizing writing weaves a spell that will enchant you. "While Beauty Slept "breathes new life into the fairytale genre with a historical twist that 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. And like all great fairy tales, this one has the kind of happy ending that requires tissues to wipe way the tears." -M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of "Seduction"

"Not your grand-mere's "Sleeping Beauty" Do you love fairy tales? Elizabeth Blackwell's enchanting While Beauty Slept is like no version of the "Sleeping Beauty" story that you've read before. Told from the perspective of Elise, a peasant girl who sets out to make her fortune while hiding a secret past, While Beauty Slept is a rich and immensely satisfying reimagining of the classic fairy tale, one that looks at the ageless struggle between love and duty, and asks whether it's possible to be true to both." --Alma Katsu, author of The Taker trilogy
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About Elizabeth Blackwell

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.
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3,935 ratings
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4 40% (1,585)
3 27% (1,059)
2 8% (302)
1 2% (67)
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