Blind Beauty BOOK REVIEW

blind beautyWhat a charming, well-told, and heart-touching collection of stories. Though these are fairy tale retellings, don’t expect to hear the same stories you think you’re familiar with. Each has creative and clever twists of its own that kept me reading from start to finish, hardly able to put the book down. It is extremely difficult to write a story which is at the same time a retelling as well as a story completely its own; yet that is just what Ms. Burton did here. I appreciated the details in the stories that were reminiscent of the originals, yet each was also refreshing and original, and I couldn’t help but be blown away by how perfectly the author melded old and new together.

Not only is each story full of beautiful description, but the characters themselves jump off the pages as if they are drawn from real life instead of the author’s imagination. Though each of these fantasy tales possess their own unique theme, set of characters, and premise, it is very clear to me that common themes run through each of them, and that those themes must be dear to the author’s heart: grace, redemption, family, and love. The message of these reverberates through the fabric of each tale and makes them truly worth reading again and again.



Meredith Leigh Burton is a voracious devourer of fairy tales. She is a motivational speaker, writer, and teacher. She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. She received a degree in English and theater. Meredith hopes to convey through her stories that those with differences can contribute much to the world. She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.


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