Everyone knows the glorious tale of Cinderella with the wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters, but how do we know that is the true tale? In the book, "The Stepsister's Tale" by Tracy Barrett, you get to step through the looking glass and see the story from the eldest stepsister's point of view.
After their father died, Jane and Maude are forced to grow up faster than any child should while their mother leaves them alone for days on end to go to the city. But after their mother's longest departure, the girls' mother returns only for them to find her remarried to a selfish man with an even more selfish daughter.
After the tragic death of their mother's new groom, Jane, the oldest, is left with having to take care of another person. When the harshest winter in year hits, the small family is left with no food and no milk to drink and with no money to buy any more. How will they all survive the cold unforgiving winter? Will Jane finally stand up to her mother and do what she needs to do to keep the family from starving?
Finally, you have to ask yourself, do you really know the story about poor little Cinderella?
Honestly, I had a bit of trouble really getting into the book at first, but once I did, I couldn't set it down for the tiniest second. Every word grabs your attention and makes you start to wonder if the tale about Cinderella is really how it happened, or if it was all just a big misunderstanding. I would recommend this book for any girl to read.