"When Rose's mother dies, her only comfort is the exquisite rose garden her mother left behind. The purple blossoms serve as an assurance of her mother's love. But Rose is dealt a second blow when her father dies and his greedy widow, Ombrine, and her daughter, Desiree, move in and take over the manor in true Cinderella fasion. Fate has been cruel to Ombrine and Desiree, too. So despite their harsh ways, Rose has compassion. But these feelings are bitterly tested when, in a rage, Ombrine tears out the garden. Rose nearly gives up all hope -- until a chance meeting with the king. Happiness might be within her reach, but first she must prevail over Ombrine. And then she must determine if she has the courage to love..."
Books in the "Once Upon a Time" series retell favorite childhood fairy tales in a format for teen readers.
Before Midnight (A retelling of "Cinderella")
Beauty Sleep (A retelling of "Sleeping Beauty")
Golden (A retelling of "Rapunzel")
Midnight Pearls (A retelling of "The Little Mermaid")
The Rose Bride (A retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride")
Snow (A retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs")
Storyteller's Daughter (A retelling of "The Arabian Nights")
Water Song (A retelling of "The Frog Prince")