I'm a fan of twists on classic stories and fairy tales and thus was very intrigued when I stumbled upon A Stepmother's Story. This short story is a retelling of Cinderella by the wicked stepmother herself, who wishes to share with us what "Eleanor's" life was really like before she became a princess.
The explanations of how the well known events were not what they seemed are clever and add a realistic tilt to the classic story, but I was hoping the "TRUE Tale" would be tempered a bit more. This is not a different perspective - this is a reversal, with Cinderella as wrong in this story as the stepmother was in the original. That's not a problem per se, and it's decently done for what it is, but I was hoping for more.
The writing style here is good and suits the story the author was telling, and I will be checking out more of her work. But A Stepmother's Story, for me, was too "everything you know is wrong" when "there are two sides to every story" would've been much more interesting.