Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon
Lil is an old woman living alone in New York and working in a used bookshop, but she has a secret: Lil used to be a fairy. Not just any fairy, mind you, Lil was the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball. Cinderella was fated from birth to marry the handsome prince, but in order to do that she had to go to the ball and in order to go to the ball, she needed her fairy godmother’s help and encouragement. When Lil allowed herself to feel human emotions -desire for the handsome prince – and go to the ball in lieu of Cinderella, she is quickly banished to the world of humans by the fairy elders. There she lives, barely making it, until she finds the chance to make amends, to unite two people who remind her for all the world of Cinderella and the prince.
This book was just absolutely lovely. I adored Lil. She was a slightly pathetic figure: the fairy who can’t fly, the woman who can barely afford rent or to feed herself; and yet she was strong and determined to make amends for her past mistakes and be readmitted to the world of the fairies and see all her old friends – and her sister – again. The story was brilliantly thought out and imagined and the descriptions rich, but the ending is what really made the book for me, it was perfect. Turgeon could not have ended her story better.
This book is a little on the lighter side without being what I would consider ‘fluffy.’ You don’t need to be a fan of fantasy or fairies to read this, it could probably bridge the gap between those who prefer chic lit and those who read more literary fiction.