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The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" (Once Upon a Time #12)

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"ONCE UPON A TIME" IS TIMELESS

When Rose's mother dies, her only comfort is the exquisite rose garden her mother left behind. The purple blossoms serve as an assurance of her mother's love. But Rose is dealt a second blow when her father dies and his greedy widow, Ombrine, and her daughter, Desirée, move in and take over the manor in true Cinderella fashion.

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Paperback, 245 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon Pulse
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Elevetha
1.5 stars. A retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" though it felt more like "Cinderella meets Bambi" to me. In the Author's Note, it claims that the book was inspired, in part, by the movie Ever After. Which, by the way, is fantastic and because I've seen that movie more times than I can remember, I could certainly draw some comparisons, especially in the beginning of the book. Like when, barring one word, there is a small line directly from the movie. Some events and themes were st ...more
earthy
Very confused by the French-speaking, Greek-god-worshipping society. And the requests for children directed at Artemis (seems to me if you want to pray to someone for a kid, you might not want to direct said prayer to a virgin maiden goddess who's not too keen on the opposite sex, particularly when they spy on her in the bath).

Setting, cultural, and religious issues aside, this story is so very centered around the many (and I do mean MANY) trials and tribulations of Rose, a hard-working, long-su
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Katie
This was the absolute WORST book I have read in a long time! Rose who is put on this "journey" to know that she is loved, loses her mother, father, everthing she loves. She is starved, abused, and ends up with a Stepmother and stepsister that put Cinderella's Stepmother and sisters to shame. And the supposed HERO of this book is some stupid heartbroken guy that ends up hoodwinked by the evil steps and married and sleeping with the evil stepsister. NOT COOL!! This whole book was painful to read a ...more
Sally
By far this is the worst book of the Once Upon a Time series, and for several reasons.

1) Far too convoluted. It's like the author took fifty pages of back-story and crammed it in to five pages.

2) So the people in the story speak French, worship Greek/Roman gods (incorrectly), and dress like they live in some weird Renaissance-like world.... Wha-?

3) The descriptive paragraphs/back-story are horrifically complicated, but then we are graced with dialogue like: "True love never dies - it lives beyon
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Kiera Beddes
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Lizzie
So I've never read or heard of "The White Bride and the Black Bride," but I decided to still read this book. When I read the synopsis, I realized that it sounds a lot like "Cinderella." In both the mother dies, father remarries, the stepmother is terrible, the father dies, and the stepfamily hate the daughter. The only thing that keeps me from thinking that they're the same stories is that "Cinderella" is French and this story is German.

I started off liking this book pretty well. I felt bad for
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Selena
So I had to tough this one out until about seventy pages in.

The good:
The writing's not too bad, and once the story starts rolling, it gets interesting.

The bad:
Lack of knowledge of history. Did Holder not take history in high school? I'll admit my knowledge of European history isn't too great for anything before War of the Roses, but a quick trip to Google showed me that when Greeks lived in France, they weren't in "France" and they didn't speak French. The French did not worship Greek Gods as fa
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Historyprincess
"The White Bride and the Black Bride" is a lesser known fairytale from the Brothers Grimm. It's basically another interpretation of the little cinder girl. That being said, this book has accomplished a feat few other books have: It made me cry.

Rose Marchand is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and his second wife. On her thirteenth birthday, while Rose's father is away, her mother presents her with a beautiful garden filled with purple roses. But straight after, her mother passes away. And her
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Josephina
This is definitely not the best of the Once Upon a Time stories. I confess I'm not terribly familiar with the original fairy tale. I know I've read it before, but I don't really remember it.

I've found this series in general to be rather hit-or-miss, and this book was definitely in the latter category. It had potential, and there were even some things I enjoyed about it. I liked some of the imagery, for example.

I'll admit that the writing style threw me quite a bit. I'm actually a huge fan of Gre
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Jean Tatro
Dec 31, 2008 Jean Tatro rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
Shelves: fantasy
From the first book I picked up I've liked the Once upon a Time series, and I've always loved retellings of fairy tales. I found this particular book at a thrift store, and promptly picked it up because of the others.

One of the things I liked about these reworkings was, even though the books claimed it was based on one fairy tale, they were almost always a mix of two or more fairy tales. While this one is a reworking of 'The White Bride and the Black Bride', it is also has aspects of 'Cinderella
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Cindy
Themes: love, religion, magic, fairy tales
Setting: fairy tale France

Rose is a sort of Cinderella. Her mother dies when she is young, her father remarries to a completely unsuitable woman with a daughter of her own and then dies, and Rose is mistreated by her new stepmother. But Cinderella didn't have all this stuff about Artemis the Goddess and have her turn into a deer.

Several other reviewers here on LT, plus my own daughter, complained about the odd mesh between the Greek mythology and a fairy
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Echo
I normally love retellings of old fairy tales, but this one was not good. There was enough french in the story that it would be confusing to anyone without a passing knowledge of french, and there were many things not rapped up. Several pages from the end actually, a lot of these untied endings are brought up in a question format before the book ends without either having answered them or using a cop out such as "the gods only know why." I appreciated the Greek mythology used in the book (for th ...more
Emily Fauble
Wow, I was unfamiliar with this tale (a retelling of the story of the black bride and the white bride) and maybe that was my mistake. We all know that fairy tales have happy endings but usually have some hardship in between the intro and the "happily ever after," but this story was ridiculous. The events making up the majority of the book were so dismal and depressing that it wasn't worth reading for the very abbreviated "happy ending." As the reader I was left so shaken by all of the rest of th ...more
Amy
A very confusing fairy tale full of insta-love and promises that make no sense. Pretty much, if you request anything of Artemis she will probably kill you off...while claiming you as a best beloved. Mix of gods that made no sense (and lets face, even when they did make sense those 'gods' were utterly useless)and characters that are Evil For No Apparent Purpose (oh, except that their 'hearts were closed by hardship')
Oh, and there is also a bunch of freaking talking roses.
I seriously was confused
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Karen
This is a strange strange book. I've never read the original fairy tale for this one, but I wonder if the original could possibly be as strange. A bit like Cinderella, the main character has a wicked step mother and wicked step sister who try to take the prince/king away from her. It's a really bizarre tale of love and hate, good and evil, deers and purple roses, and the goddess Artemis... whose methods of teaching seem to me to be about the same as a tricky leprechaun. Overall it was good-ish. ...more
trishchakri
I don't think this book is for everyone. It shows how life kicks someone repeatedly and in how many ways they may suffer, or about Greek gods and their meddling in mortal affairs. I don't like either, so this book is definitely not for me. It has too much suffering, grief, and loss. A story I can't relate to but may understand a little.

I wish to congratulate the author on writing such a novel. According to Nancy Holder, "... by writing about the Rose Bride’s journey, my hope was to show that wh
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Lacey Louwagie
This was an interesting reading experience because I was not familiar with the source material for this book, the fairy tale "The White Bride and the Black Bride." So I pulled out my trusty The Complete Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm, Volume 1 and read it right before venturing in to this novel. (Reading the original, I can see why this story doesn't get a ton of attention anymore. Although meant to be "metaphorical," its depiction of the "white bride" as being good and the "black bride" as being ...more
Shanna
I didn't like this book. Not because it was badly written or completely failed as a story, but because the underlying premise is something I so fundamentally disagree with that it completely ruined any attempt at a story. That the only way to really recognize you are loved or were loved is to lose absolutely everything that you love or that ever loved you. The constant repeat of "You are loved" as a justification for everything that happens or an attempt to make everything okay just makes it wor ...more
Rosie Shephard
This was a really interesting and lovely book!

Rose's father never comes home from his travels and her mother is left at the family estate to care for her. After her mother makes a magical wish to the godess Artemis, she dies. Not long after, Rose's father dies too. Rose's stepmother and stepsister take over the family home and treat Rose like a servant. All she has left is her mother's magical purple rose garden.

I really enjoyed the book but found the setting confusing: people were worshiping Gr
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Danielle
VERY GOOD. I love retold fairy tales
Natalie
This was the fourth time that I've read this book. It's one of those books that I have in paperback form and on my kindle. I read it while I was traveling through Europe. (That was why I bought it for my Kindle.)

The first time I read this was at a time in my life where the message was exactly what I needed to hear. I remember crying clear through, because it was something that hit me to the core.

Rose's family has all died and her evil step-mother an step-sister treat her with disdain. Rose is
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Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
A shrug.

That’s the first thing I did after turning the last page of “The Rose Bride”. Don’t get me wrong; this book had a pretty good start but most of it dragged on. For a supposed short story, this took up quite a lot of pages; and I’m never a fan of slow paced books.

I’m well aware of the original tale of “The White Bride and The Black Bride” and this book has taken in the concept very well. It was mixed in with a little mythology, which I found to be interesting. It also has this Cinderella-
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Mel
2.5. It was okay, but nothing special. Also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com

I’m almost done with this series. I believe I need to read 2 more stories and then I’ve finished all the Once upon a time books. Are you guys interested in a recap where I show the best and worst books? This one definitely belongs to the last category. The writing-style wasn't that bad, but the story felt too stretched.

I actually haven’t read the original story, which is ‘The white bride and the black bride’, so t
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Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
I really liked this book. It was very sweet and moving.

The Rose Bride is a bit of the Cinderella fairy tale, and The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with magic, sorcery and shape shifting mixed together. The main character is Rose who is the "Cinderella" and the one who is changed into an animal whose spell is broken by love (Beauty and the Beast). Rose has a very evil stepmother Ombrine and stepsister Desiree. There is also King Jean-Marc who lost his first wife and son and who needs to learn
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Daria
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QNPoohBear
Once upon a time in the Land of Beyond, the Crown Prince Jean-Marc marries the lovely Lucienne. The priest of Zeus prophesies a son will be born and heal two broken hearts. Once upon a time in the Forested Land, Rose Marchand waits for her father to arrive home for her 13th birthday. Her loving father has been off chasing more gold for a very long time and Rose and her mother Celestine are left waiting for him to return. All Rose wants for is the love of her father. In the rose garden, Celestine ...more
Sarah Evans
The lesser known Brothers Grimm tale of “The White Bride and the Black Bride” is used to explore the power of knowing one is loved, thoroughly and truly. In a setting reminiscent of Renaissance France, the gods Zeus and Artemis are worshipped and black magic is used by those with evil intent. Rose’s mother, a beloved favorite of Artemis, makes a dying wish that her daughter may always know that she is loved. The wish is granted, but Rose suffers through great trials beginning with the loss of he ...more
Lea
My goodness! Just when I was beginning to think that I would never see another exceptional "Once Upon A Time" book, I came up with Midnight Pearls and now The Rose Bride.

The Rose Bride is a beautiful adaption to a fairytale ("The White Bride and the Black Bride"- however, I like to compare it to "Hercules" especially since "gods" play a role in a journey). In fact, it is heart-wrenching. The reader has to travel with the main character on a difficult and emotionally challenging journey.

Now, ther
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Heidi
There was quite a bit I did not like about this book. I think I can handle the total bizarreness of the tale, considering the original. And some things that were irking me throughout the book thankfully were addressed more to my liking, but near the end. I think what mostly I did not like was the writing. I thought it was terrible. For many reasons. Some of it made we want to throw up it was so cheesy and blech. The insistent inclusion of French in a make-believe world just never got to me. And ...more
Jenben8426
I had actually never heard of this fairy tale, so before reading the book I did a little research on this Brother's Grimm fairy tale. Quite similar to Cinderella but with some more gruesome details.

I got a little bored with the book at times. I don't believe Holder is as good as some of the other author's in this Once Upon a Time series. She took a lot of her story from Ever After and even mentioned in her notes that it was a lot of her inspiration. This made me feel like she wasn't writing an
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