Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review #12: After the Ball by Barb Greenberg

Title: After the Ball- A Woman's Tale of Reclaiming Happily Ever After

Author: Barb Greenberg
Format: Hardcover review copy from author (thank you!)
Publisher: Rose Path Press
Genre: Self Help/Relationships

Rating: 4/5

This is not typically a genre that I read a lot but I was lured in by the cover and I like to try something new. Rose Path Press is also a publisher in my neck of the woods. Eden Prairie, MN. In my entire career as a bookstore manager, I have always supported local and regional authors and publishers. I was happy to continue in that support with reviewing this book.

My Description:
The book is a short read, 107 pages. The story is a simple one. Cinderella and Snow White, two popular fairy tale characters, are unhappy with their Happily Ever After. They both seek the friendship of one another to get through and the wisdom of other women.

My Review:
This book holds a simple message for all women. Find yourself, love yourself, and you can get through anything. This is what I took from it. The two characters married their princes and were promised and expected a happily ever after life. But that doesn't happen. Their princes were not available, controlling or unfaithful. They had to step away from their marriages that they had so much hope for and learn to stand on their own.
This is a good gift for someone in your life going through a rough time, whether it's a divorce or an end of any relationship.
For a genre I don't normally seek out, this was a nice pool to dip my toes in. So I would rate it as a 4. Recommended but for a very specific audience.

Happy Reading!

* red headed book child


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Joan Holman said...

I love your blog. You are an excellent writer. Thank you for reviewing After the Ball by Barb Greenberg. I was involved in the creation of this book, i.e., the story development, the book cover design, interior design and the packaging of the book as a lovely gift book for women. I am also helping with the marketing of the book.

The book is getting great reviews and many of them are posted on the publisher's web site at The publisher is partnering with women's organizations (such as women's shelters) to accept donations of the books to women who are going through tough times as well as struggles in their relationships. Multiple copies of the book can be purchased at a special discount and the organizations to which they are donated provide a receipt for the tax-deductible gift of the books.