While Beauty Slept

While Beauty Slept

Large Print - 2014
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When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a tale about a beautiful princess awakened by a handsome prince, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise Dalriss has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered -- and she is the only one left who knows the truth of what happened so many years ago. As the memories start to unfold, Elise is plunged back in to the magnificent world behind the opulent palace walls. Fleeing a hardscrabble existence and personal tragedy, she builds a new life for herself as a servant to the royal family and quickly rises within the castle hierarchy. As Elise proves herself a loyal confidante, she is drawn into the lives of an extraordinary cast of women: a beautiful queen who wakes each morning with tears on her pillow, an elderly spinster who in heartache shuts herself away, a princess who yearns to be free, and the ambitious and frightening sister who cannot accept the fact that she will never rule. Elise has guarded their secrets -- and her own -- for a lifetime.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410469588
Branch Call Number: LP BLACK-E
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Sleeping Beauty. English


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Jul 19, 2017

She really makes the story come to life through historical and humanizing means.

Apr 18, 2014

enthralled me right from the beginning thru till the end. most beautiful interpretation I have ever read. Elizabeth Blackwell is now on my follow list as I await her next selection of written magic.


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