Happy Sunday, readers! Today we're here to celebrate Abigayle Claire's new release, an enchanting novella titled Andora's Folly. I absolutely loved this author's debut book (see my review here), and was anxious to get my hands on this one. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! <3
~ Synopsis + Links
A Pandora's Box retelling
Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.
As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant's wife can save her from her folly.
~ Review + Quote
What a unique twist on the usual fairytale retelling -- a Greek myth retelling!!
I'll be perfectly honest here and go ahead and admit that I did not know what to expect of a novella claiming to be a retelling of Pandora's Box. I read that particular myth in 9th grade and found it to be amusing and entertaining, if not outright strange.
But this book, y'all. Like, ohmygoodness. *hugs book* I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish reading it, so that right there should tell you something about how amazing it is.
Like with the author's debut novel (Martin Hospitality, which released earlier this year), I was swept away my her beautiful usage of words, simple and complex. I was quickly pulled into Andora's story, intrigued by her curious and the recent, unexplained happenings in her life.
The plot totally caught me off guard, as it was not what I was expecting at all. Looking back, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but...yes. Twas amazing. I LOVED the mystery. :D
Theus and Andora were both such amazing characters. Complicated, perhaps, but lovable. I was internally screaming at them through much of the book, and desperately wanting them to have a happy ending. <3
I also reeallyyy loved Varos. I mean, c'mon y'all, he's a potter! I've never read a book that had an actual potter in it, so this made me extremely happy. Potters need more bookish spotlight. <3
Highly recommended for lovers of sweet romance, intrigue, and medieval-ish settings!
She stared at the inky darkness, searching for stars, but not one twinkled beyond the wall of clouds that reflected her attitude of the last week.
**I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.**
~ About the Author
Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com ... when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.
~ Find her on the Web