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FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Genevieve Valentine A reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in ManhattanJo the firstborn The General to her eleven sisters is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother She is the one who taught them how to dance the one who gives the signal each night as they sli. Retelling something as familiar as a fairy tale can be a risky proposition In some cases magic can come out of the details as an author elaborates on a classic For instance I happen to love Robin McKinley’s book Beauty a take on the old tale “Beauty and the Beast” On the other hand when she re told the story again twenty years later in Rose Daughter I didn’t care for it at all So I brought few expectations to my reading of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club a retelling of the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” To my delight I found a creative emotionally complex story that takes the original in an empowering directionIn most versions of the fairytale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” a German version is titled “The Worn Out Shoes“ the story focuses on a challenge to discover why a king’s twelve daughters wake up in the morning with holes in their shoes one version here The king is baffled and frustrated and offers a reward to anyone who can solve the mystery–but if not then off with his head Many have been died after falling asleep during their watch Before accepting the challenge a soldier meets an old woman who gives him a magic cloak and warns him not to drink anything from the princesses After the soldier pretends to fall asleep the princesses dress go through a secret passage to an underground lake row across and through a forest of metallic trees and spend the night dancing with princes at a ball As they return the invisible soldier breaks off a piece of a tree first silver then gold On the last night he steals a goblet from the ball as proof When the king demands an accounting the soldier provides the proof and is rewarded by marrying one of the princessesClearly the origin story is a complex bit of fairy tale with princesses that are complicit in the deception a father who is outside it but cruel with his conseuences and a ordinary man using magical gifts to catch the princesses in their dishonesty Girls versus their father a common man versus princes and duplicity all aroundValentine takes these elements and heads into a very interesting direction Twelve girls are growing up in a wealthy but isolated household in early Prohibition New York Rarely permitted outside or even invited to the downstairs levels of the house to visit their mother they are ruled by their father in an extremely circumscribed life Jo the oldest has met her mother only a handful of times and the youngest haven’t met her mother at all It falls to Jo as the oldest to negotiate on behalf of the sisters with her father Told in third person limited largely from Jo’s point of view Jo ponders her nickname “The General” arising from the unenviable position as enforcermitagator of her father but yet attempting to protect them against his rage Unfortunately her efforts are often underappreciated“A ripple of relief ran through the room It was too loud too happy; it was a gloss over an unspoken thrum of mutiny so sharp that Jo felt like someone had snapped a rubber band against her wrist“Early on Jo and the second oldest Lou would sneak out to the movies where the girls would learn new dances Natural talents dancing became a way to escape their limited lives As each successive sister was delivered upstairs she was eventually taught to dance by her sisters In an act of desperation Jo suggests sneaking out to go dancing–she knows if she doesn’t let the girls blow off steam in some fashion they might simply run away and be lost forever The night out dancing is a success giving the girls hope a reason to exist and a source of joy and discussion to fill their days They danced through their nights unattainable to the men at the clubs“The girls were wild for dancing and nothing else No hearts beat underneath those thin bright dresses They laughed like glass“Trouble begins on two fronts when their father decides to actively intrude in their lives As he schemes to marry the girls off he gets wind of stories about a bevy of girls dancing at local speakeasies An ad in the newspaper strikes fear in Jo as soon as she learns of his plans“The girls could hope that these husbands wherever her father planned to find them would be kinder and liberal men than he was But the sort of man who wanted a girl who’d never been out in the world was the sort whose wife would stay at home in bed and try to produce heirs until she died from it“The last section follows the girls as they discover life outside their father’s house I rather enjoyed that Valentine took her story a step beyond the simple “they escaped and they all lived happily ever after” and looked at the challenges of making a life and how different the idea of success could be for each sister“She was still trying to discover how people related to each other and how you met the world when you weren’t trying to hide something from someone It was a lesson slow in coming“As in all fairy tales characters exist largely as archetypes With twelve sisters it’s hard to achieve a great deal of individuality with each but Valentine succeeds with a few particularly Jo Lou the second oldest and Doris the sensible one I thought Jo’s emotional dilemma was well done The father is perfect; elegant controlling and all implied threatThe setting of New York during Prohibition was nicely done I’ve read a number of books that were uite enad of the 1920s but focused on the setting at the expense of character Valentine achieves a nice balance between the magic of the clubs and plotting My chief complaint was a writing style that felt awkward Additional thoughts and commentary were often given in parenthesis and the purposevoice weren’t always clear Nonetheless I enjoyed the way Valentine’s tone and word choice was able to capture the emotional magic of a fairy tale but incorporate it into a real world settingOverall I’d call it a delightful improvement on the original tale I’d highly recommend it to fans of fairy tales sister bonds coming of age stories and gentle romance Thanks to NetGalley and Atria books for providing me an advance ereader copy uotes are taken from a galley copy and are subject to change in the published edition Still I think it gives a flavor of the magical writingOh and review with links including a link to a fairy tale database and a version of the fairy tale can be found through my primary site

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SUMMARY The Girls at the Kingfisher Club ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ A reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in ManhattanJo the firstborn The General to her eleven sisters is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother She is the P out of the confines of their father's townhouse to await the cabs that will take them to the speakeasy Together they elude their distant and controlling father until the day he decides to marry them all off The girls meanwhile continue to dance from Salon Renaud to the Swan and finally the Kingfisher the club they come to. This book There are no wordsThis book ripped me to shreds I heard that it was good and when I knew what it was about I had to read it A novelization of 'The Twelve Dancing Princess' set in the Roaring Twenties Yes pleaseI started and could not stop I think I stayed up until about three in the morning reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open which hasn't actually happened in a long timeI just Wow The writing was beautiful and both the characters and the plot were so well formed and thought out I was speechless I'm telling you the plot was BRILLIANT I loved the way Genevieve Valentine changed the original fairytale into something fitting for the 1920'sThough I laughed and smiled through a vast majority of this book it was sad and I also cried It didn't end uite like the original tale did which actually made it seem realistic The second half of the book was both beautiful and heartwrenching and depicted so incredibly wellI can't get over this book Everyone needs to read this

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The Girls at the Kingfisher ClubCall home They dance until one night when they are caught in a raid separated and Jo is thrust face to face with someone from her past a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn't seen in almost ten years Suddenly Jo must weigh in the balance not only the demands of her father and eleven sisters but those she must make of hersel. In this fairy tale retelling author Genevieve Valentine takes the classic story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and transplants it to Jazz Age Manhattan with a result that is eual parts captivating and frustratingThe Twelve Dancing Princesses was always one of my favorite fairy tales In a nutshell A king with twelve daughters locks the princesses into their chamber each night but each morning finds that their shoes are worn completely through He offers the pick of the princesses to any suitor who can find out for him how the girls wear out their shoes — but anyone who tries and does not succeed must die Prince after prince fails to figure out the secret until finally one man comes who manages to outwit the princesses and follows them to a secret castle where they dance all night until their shoes are worn through Ta da He wins the hand of a princess and the kingdom besides The endIn The Girls at the Kingfisher Club the father is no king but a wealthy grasping businessman trying to break into high society His wife produces daughter after daughter much to his dissatisfaction so he keeps her pregnant time and again until after twelve failed attempts at a son and heir his frail wife finally gives up the ghostAnd the girls Each girl is sent upstairs to be raised among her sisters with a tiny allowance for clothing a meager library to learn the basics and strict reuirements that they be neither seen nor heard The girls are hidden away from the world kept indoors and educated first by tutors then later by the older sisters with no hope and no way out The oldest sister Josephine Jo serves as liaison summoned a few times a year into her father’s presence to give reports receive any orders and then sent back to enforce her father’s rulesBut as the girls age their frustration grows and Jo knows it’s only a matter of time until her sisters run away or act rashly enough to bring disaster down on all of them — and so she figures out a release for them all Jo learns to dance by sneaking off to see movies then teaches her sisters and eventually starts sneaking the girls out of the house at midnight to dance the night away at Manhattan’s hidden speaky easys and dance hallsJo is known amongst her sisters as the General — the one in charge demanding instant obedience running their days and nights Jo determines which nights they go out Jo gets the cabs Jo sets the rules Flirt but don’t give a man your name Have fun but don’t get romantically involved Above all else always be ready to run and know where the exits are The dance halls are glitzy and glamorous and the beautiful exotic girls with no names — affectionately nicknamed “the Princesses” — are the talk of the town but there’s a constant risk of police raids or even worse having their father find out what they’re up toWhen their father finally decides to assert his control in new and awful ways once his daughters are of marriageable age the sisters have to figure out how to survive — and Jo has to both let go and start to live for herself rather than putting her own needs after those of her sistersThere’s a lot to like about The Girls at the Kingfisher Club In this mostly successful retelling the fairy tale works well in its new setting There’s a terrible logic to the father’s cruelty and tyranny and the girls’ lives are uniformly dull and drab except for their nightly escapes The dance halls are described in all their decadent 1920s glory — no wonder the sisters come to life on the dance floor dancing the Charleston with enchanted admirers always the belles of the ball living fully in the moment The era is a smart choice for this story a time when women started emerging into something like independence yet often chained to their fathers or husbands by complete financial dependence and a society that viewed strong women as depraved or worse mentally unstableWhere the novel is less successful is in creating twelve distinct characters for the reader to care about Jo is the point of view for the story and we come to know her sisters through her eyes but it’s difficult to differentiate one from another particularly those we only see in passing Certain sisters have distinctive roles to play but others seem to come and go with only a few lines or scenes and it’s hard to remember who’s who or what’s special about each oneThe narrative style is somewhat choppy so that while some passages and chapters keep the feeling of a fairy tale in their descriptions — telling the story in broad strokes that seem like an outsider’s perspective on an enchanted world — other chapters bog down and feel sluggish The book suffers a bit from a lack of intimacy Perhaps because there are so many girls to keep track of none seem very knowable and I didn’t end up feeling connected emotionally to any of the characters thus making the stakes of the story less compelling than they should have beenDid I enjoy The Girls at the Kingfisher Club Yes uite a bit Still something was lacking and the story always felt as thought it was unfolding at a distance I wanted to know what happened but I wasn’t invested in any one of the sisters enough — even main character Jo – to make the story feel the urgency it should have by the endStill if you enjoy reading about the roaring 20s and relish the thought of a flapper era fairy tale check out The Girls at the Kingfisher Club For those who always wanted to be one of the royal glamorous sisters who dance the night away this book offers a fresh spin on an old tale — and if nothing else will make you want to dust off your copy of the Brothers Grimm Note This review also appears at Bookshelf Fantasies Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley