What’s the word, Bookworms?
The word as in the secret password. To the speakeasy. We’re gonna rouge our knees and pull our stockings down and all that jazz fairy tale style! I love a good fairy tale retelling, don’t you? A few weeks back I was in the mood for a good trip into “once upon a time” and I came across The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine.
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club takes the classic tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses and injects an infectious dose of 1920s flair. Truth be told, I wasn’t familiar with The Twelve Dancing Princesses before I read this book, so if you live under that rock with me, I’ll paraphrase. Once upon a time there were twelve princesses sequestered in a castle. They seem to live a sheltered life but every morning their dancing shoes are worn through as they secretly sneak out to dance every night. Move that scenario to New York City in the 1920s and you’ve got The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. The twelve Hamilton girls live their lives in the captivity of a brownstone. Their tyrannical father keeps them at home because he’s a big jerk and he’s ashamed that he has twelve daughters and no sons. Did I mention he’s a big jerk?
Jo and her sisters have a single rebellion in that they sneak out to speakeasies and dance the nights away. Foxtrots, waltzes, and Charlestons, these gals know how to cut a rug. This wildly entertaining novel seamlessly blends fairy tale magic with historical fiction. I absolutely adored the 1920s fun and the rebellious “princesses.” If you’re in the mood for a fairy tale retelling OR a jaunt that’s the cat’s pajamas, pick up a copy of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club!
Talk to me Bookworms! Is there a fairy tale that you feel like you missed somewhere along the way?
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This sounds SO fun. It’s definitely going on my To Read list. I loved The 12 Dancing Princesses growing up. I even bought my own copy a few years back to save for when I have kids.
Wesley @ Library Educated
You liked this one more than I did 🙂 I love the fairytale that it’s based on but this one just didn’t do it for me!
I love this one too. It was so much fun and I thought Valentine really captured the dynamics of sisters.
Jenny @ Reading the End
I like to think that I didn’t miss any of the fairy tales. I was addicted to volumes of fairy tales when I was a kid, so I am familiar with a lot of the weird and obscure ones. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a longtime favorite — I loved seeing Genevieve Valentine’s excellent take on it.