Fairytales Reimagined – Cinderella

Title: The Fairy Godmother

Author: Lynsay Sands


When a fourteenth-century maiden named Odel loses her father, she learns from her aunt that she must marry—and that a handful of fairy dust can separate men from mice.

Having sworn off love, Odel is reluctant to greet her many suitors, until one catches her eye. Kind and generous, Michelle shows Odel how good it can feel to fall in love—too bad Odel can’t trust her heart. Will Michelle destroy what little hope Odel had for men, or will they be able to keep their love aflame?

I keep stumbling upon reimagined fairytales. Half of the time I don’t even realize they’re fairytale remakes until I’m sitting at my computer typing up a post. Now that I’m thinking about this novella (which I read while waiting for my day to end at work) it surprisingly has almost all of the characteristics of Cinderella. The fairy godmother? Check! Mice? Check! A prince? Check! There are a few differences though Cinderella or Odel in this case is extremely wealthy. Michelle our prince is actually pretty poor with a money-hungry mother and two sisters. There is no overbearing and cruel stepmother only a dead tyrant father. The mice well they don’t exactly turn into horses. Okay so maybe this isn’t exactly like Cinderella but the foundation is there. I swear!

Odel is level headed and smart. She knows something is up with all the suitors that came to ask for her had in marriage. Her fairy godmother is acting strange. The only man who isn’t fawning all over her just happens to need a place to stay for the night. Michelle isn’t interested in romance. He’s recently come to own his uncle’s land and is now lord to a poor village. Her mother is money hungry and his sisters aren’t any help. He’s just trying his best to take care of the residents in his village. If only his squire hadn’t come down with a fever two hours away from home.

As novellas go this was short, sweet, and unexpectedly humorous. Both Odel and Michelle are likable as well as relatable. Matilda the resident fairy godmother not so much. I’m giving her a pass because all mystical being are just tad bit rude and a little bitchy. Odel opposes marriage because her father was a tyrant. Michelle refuses to marry women because he believes them all to be greedy like his mother. These two thoughts are a common reason why people will break from a relationship. Maybe if we all had some mistletoe and a little fairy dust love would come easier.