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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.



4 stars

I am not one much for retellings. I have rarely read one I liked and I generally don’t bother with them. But when Abigayle Claire told me she had done a retelling of Pandora’s box (which I wasn’t all that familiar with in the first place) I jumped at the chance to beta read it, merely from the standpoint that I am familiar with her writing and I loved her first book, Martin Hospitality. The medieval and classic fairytale flare to this book was well done and I enjoyed the style very much. I especially enjoyed the aspect of a stubborn, headstrong, imperfect, stupid, and slightly annoying heroine. It was so unusual that it ended up being awesome. It just WORKED. I highly commend Miss Claire for her originality and creativity! This book was so enjoyable.

Once I had finished reading the story, I found the author’s note especially interesting. Since I had no basis of knowledge for Pandora’s Box or the heritage of the story, her tidbits, facts and little easter eggs she had incorporated to the story were brilliant!

I highly recommend this story. Such a classic feel about it and I can’t wait to buy my copy!

Abigayle Claire answers my questions about the book in video form! How cool is that? And. . . she said she would be interacting with ya’ll in the comments! So make sure you tell her hi!


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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 … 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.


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