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After the Ball by author Barb Greenberg / designed by Joan Holman
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Publisher:  Rose Path Press ISBN-10:  0982358806 Type: 
Pages: 

112

Copyright:  July 17, 2009 ISBN-13:  97809823588
Fiction

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Joan Holman worked with author Barb Greenberg to develop this modern day fairy tale for women featuring Snow White & Cinderella who seek the secret to living "happily ever after" when their Prince Charming does not turn out to be all they thought he would be.

 The Three Tomatoes Book Club 

Review of After the Ball by Barb Greenberg

Reviewer:  Tracy Morrow


Every part of this book is absolutely delightful.  I received it during an especially busy time and it sat beckoning to me on my desk.  Just looking at the beauty of the cover artwork left me longing to open the pages to see what other delights would be offered.  I haven’t seen artwork on a novel like this for many years and I found myself admiring it, and still admiring it, time and again.  It’s simply not a book that you buy and lose into a dusty bookshelf. 


This book is the type of book that you will want to get multiple copies of to give to your older daughters, sisters, and friends.  It’s about how our childhood fairytales ended at “Happily Ever After”. The story will assure you that “Happily Ever After” is not exactly what you thought it would be!  It offers hope, strength, and encouragement to all women going through any of life’s twists and turns and reminds us that we can be our own Fairy Godmothers. 


A comfy blanket and a cup of tea are the perfect accompaniment for this lovely book.  It’s the comfort food for your spirit that you may not have had since you were lovingly tucked into bed with your favorite bedtime story as a child.  But this time the story is for the grown up princess to read over and over again.  The descriptive writing will soon take you away from your own reality and into the world of princesses and fantasy.  I could almost smell the flowers and feel the sunshine!  The story line is laid out as a symphony and Barb Greenberg now has a new fan as I can’t wait to find other books written by her.   


After the Ball, A Woman’s Tale of Reclaiming Happily Ever After is sure to become a Classic.  Every woman needs to hear the message that’s clearly demonstrated in this absolutely darling story. The gorgeous artwork throughout the book adds to the elegance of this little book making it an all around treasure. 


Book Review of After the Ball by Elizabeth Bright

from Armchair Interviews Web Site


Every once in a while a book comes along that has you telling everyone about it. This is After the Ball, a truly inspirational book for women–single, married, widowed, or re-singled.


Written like a fairytale, Greenberg uses Cinderella and Snow White to tell her story about women who thought they had married well (in this case, princes who were cousins)–and then as time went on, the shine went off the princes’ crown. The women meet for tea after a long journey across the countryside from their distant castles.


When they admit to each other (isn’t that always the first step of action) that they were SO unhappy, the story starts. We have a wise woman in the woods, we have trusty steads (horses) and beautiful carriages–all the elements of a fairytale, but this one isn’t.


What have these princesses put up with that hurt their deepest soul? Can they survive alone without the prince? What can these princesses do “after”? How do they support each other?


As stated on the back cover, "Many a princess lives ‘happily ever after’ with a prince who is strong and true. This is cause to celebrate. But not all royal couples are so fortunate. After the Ball offers hope and inspiration to the princess who finds her fairy tale is ending much differently than expected and is now, or will soon be, prince-less.”


Written as if every single word was most valuable to the story, Greenberg created poetry in her prose. When the wise woman told them a story about a prince taking his princess’s power, I was mesmerized how carefully elegantly the story was told. My favorite line is: One day her fairy godmother came to this princess and whispered, “Trust yourself, my sweet dear, trust yourself.”


With hundreds of self-help books for women in relationships, this lovely little book (from the amazing cover to the last word) is truly a gift to your friends, sisters, daughters–all woman in your life. In about 100 pages, the story of these two women’s lives starts sadly–and wonderfully moves them to a better place. Oh if it could be so simple, but After the Ball will inspire any woman to go forward, or to appreciate the struggles of other women.


Armchair Interviews says: Trust yourself, my sweet dear, trust yourself and get this 5-star book–and don’t stop at one copy.


To see the wonderful cover or order the book—publisher’s web site: www.RosePathPress.com

Excerpt
After the Ball is dedicated to every princess finding her way and every wise woman guiding her.


Once upon a time there were two enchanting young women named Cinderella and Snow White. Though their young lives had been harsh, they remained tenderhearted. And by sweet happenstance, each fell in love and married a handsome prince.

Soon after their weddings, Cinderella and Snow White met for the first time at a splendid royal ball. At the conclusion of the festivities the two new princesses retreated to the kitchen and, out of habit, began cleaning up after the servants.

As Cinderella re-stacked the china and Snow White wiped down the shiny marble countertops, they giggled together about how exciting it was going to be to live happily ever after.

Cinderella, with her golden hair, lively blue eyes and a smile as radiant as sunlight, moved with her prince to the palace in the East, near a winding river.

White swans glided serenely over the sparkling waters, children laughed and danced along the shore, and the air always smelled of lilacs.

Snow White, with her dark hair, ruby lips, and skin as white as snow, moved with her prince to the palace in the West, at the edge of a forest.

Deer and rabbits often perked up their ears to listen as birds sang in high branches that turned golden when touched by the rays of the evening sun.

Having promised to stay in touch, the friendship between the two princesses flourished even though the summer rains and winter storms made the miles of road between them difficult to travel and the demands of royalty made their times together rare.

Each spring, no matter the circumstances, Cinderella and Snow White always met to share the unfolding stories of their lives while gathering rosebuds to be used for teas and jams and healing creams.

Many seasons passed, and ‘happily ever after’ turned out to be quite a lot of work. As hard as each princess tried, the essence of it always eluded her, like a dream that drifted away even as she struggled to remember it.

Turning to each other for support, they arranged to meet early one crisp autumn morning.

In the palace to the East, Cinderella climbed atop the carriage her fairy godmother had given her years before. The two horses responded eagerly when she flicked the reins and guided them down the road to the west.

In the palace to the West, Snow White saddled her big black horse with the kind eyes, the offspring of her husband’s noble steed. She rode out of the stable heading east, and with the wind blowing her crimson cloak out behind her, she seemed to fly along the winding dirt road.

The princesses wasted no time. They needed each other—and their morning tea.

Before long, they met in the small village of Lilydale, named for all the lilies that grew in the fields and now filled the store windows and edged the doorways of every home. And though summer had ended, their soft rainbows of color continued to bloom.


Professional Reviews

Armchair Interview Review of After the Ball by Barb Greenberg
Book Review of After the Ball by Elizabeth Bright

from Armchair Interviews Web Site


Every once in a while a book comes along that has you telling everyone about it. This is After the Ball, a truly inspirational book for women–single, married, widowed, or re-singled.


Written like a fairytale, Greenberg uses Cinderella and Snow White to tell her story about women who thought they had married well (in this case, princes who were cousins)–and then as time went on, the shine went off the princes’ crown. The women meet for tea after a long journey across the countryside from their distant castles.


When they admit to each other (isn’t that always the first step of action) that they were SO unhappy, the story starts. We have a wise woman in the woods, we have trusty steads (horses) and beautiful carriages–all the elements of a fairytale, but this one isn’t.


What have these princesses put up with that hurt their deepest soul? Can they survive alone without the prince? What can these princesses do “after”? How do they support each other?


As stated on the back cover, "Many a princess lives ‘happily ever after’ with a prince who is strong and true. This is cause to celebrate. But not all royal couples are so fortunate. After the Ball offers hope and inspiration to the princess who finds her fairy tale is ending much differently than expected and is now, or will soon be, prince-less.”


Written as if every single word was most valuable to the story, Greenberg created poetry in her prose. When the wise woman told them a story about a prince taking his princess’s power, I was mesmerized how carefully elegantly the story was told. My favorite line is: One day her fairy godmother came to this princess and whispered, “Trust yourself, my sweet dear, trust yourself.”


With hundreds of self-help books for women in relationships, this lovely little book (from the amazing cover to the last word) is truly a gift to your friends, sisters, daughters–all woman in your life. In about 100 pages, the story of these two women’s lives starts sadly–and wonderfully moves them to a better place. Oh if it could be so simple, but After the Ball will inspire any woman to go forward, or to appreciate the struggles of other women.


Armchair Interviews says: Trust yourself, my sweet dear, trust yourself and get this 5-star book–and don’t stop at one copy.

To see the wonderful cover or order the book—publisher’s web site: www.RosePathPress.com


The Three Tomatoes Book Review of After the Ball by Barb Greenberg
The Three Tomatoes Book Club

Review of After the Ball by Barb Greenberg

Reviewer: Tracy Morrow


Every part of this book is absolutely delightful. I received it during an especially busy time and it sat beckoning to me on my desk. Just looking at the beauty of the cover artwork left me longing to open the pages to see what other delights would be offered. I haven’t seen artwork on a novel like this for many years and I found myself admiring it, and still admiring it, time and again. It’s simply not a book that you buy and lose into a dusty bookshelf.


This book is the type of book that you will want to get multiple copies of to give to your older daughters, sisters, and friends. It’s about how our childhood fairytales ended at “Happily Ever After”. The story will assure you that “Happily Ever After” is not exactly what you thought it would be! It offers hope, strength, and encouragement to all women going through any of life’s twists and turns and reminds us that we can be our own Fairy Godmothers.


A comfy blanket and a cup of tea are the perfect accompaniment for this lovely book. It’s the comfort food for your spirit that you may not have had since you were lovingly tucked into bed with your favorite bedtime story as a child. But this time the story is for the grown up princess to read over and over again. The descriptive writing will soon take you away from your own reality and into the world of princesses and fantasy. I could almost smell the flowers and feel the sunshine! The story line is laid out as a symphony and Barb Greenberg now has a new fan as I can’t wait to find other books written by her.


After the Ball, A Woman’s Tale of Reclaiming Happily Ever After is sure to become a Classic. Every woman needs to hear the message that’s clearly demonstrated in this absolutely darling story. The gorgeous artwork throughout the book adds to the elegance of this little book making it an all around treasure.



Teresa Knopka Book Reviews -- After the Ball by Barb Greenberg
"After the Ball: A Woman's Tale of Reclaiming Happily Ever After by Barb Greenberg is a dashingly good read. It is about Snow White and Cinderella. Long time friends since they were girls, the two are separated when they marry their princes. However, they still find time to talk with each other every now and then--usually over tea or while picking herbs. One day, each princess realizes the other is disheveled. They begin to prod each other and discover that they are both unhappy. Apparently, the princes have taken the power of the princesses. Later, the princesses travel to a sagacious woman for guidance. Many metaphors ensue and the princesses ultimately realize that they must first save themselves before they let a prince save them. This book is short and easy to read with wonderful artwork inside. It is quick, but the hidden meanings and undertones will keep readers pondering for quite some time." -- Teresa Knopka Book Reviews


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