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  • By Imprimatur
    May 25, 2010
    "Once upon a time, in New York City..." These are two phrases I would have NEVER thought of putting together. How could that beautiful, romantic phrase that has enchanted children and adults alike for decades, that simple "once upon a time," go with a modern (and perhaps equally mysterious) phrase "In New York City?" Let me tell you... I don't know. But,Regina Doman has found the perfect way in which to combine them and peak the interest of teens and adults alike. The problem with modern fiction is that it is too much of a "fairytale" to even truly be a fairytale; it is too unreal to be real. Magic, vampires, and the like can be cool... but do they really have anything to do with reality? Regina Doman cleverly combines the elements of the classic (and yet somewhat unknown) fairytale of "Snow White and Rose Red" and applies those elements of life that are most real to our modern day: teens from very diverse backgrounds, New York - with... More > all its ups and downs, poetry, G.K. Chesterton, Atheism, Catholicism, and TRUE LOVE! This was a wonderful book, and it definitely helped me get my teen years off to a good start. The perfect blend of fiction and reality - the perfect fairytale!< Less
  • By Arianna
    Aug 16, 2009
    "A Modern Fairy Tale " "The Shadow of the Bear" is a really unique book. I was so excited when I found it because it is truly a rare find. It is partly a mystery, partly a coming of age story for Rose and Blanche, all the while weaving in elements from the Grimm Brother's fairytale "Snow White and Rose Red". (NOT Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, ok? Different story, similar title.) The characters are the first thing about this book that makes me willing to pay $35 dollars to get a beautiful new re-edited edition of this story. They are utterly believable and I actually care what happens to them. A lot. The plot, the vivid imagery and the fantastic writing style of Regina Doman are some more reasons I love this book. If murder, justice, unjust imprisonment, kidnapping, a secret treasure, or a light touch of a budding romance holds any interest for you at all, you should give this book a try. I also wanted to add that I loved the beautiful and inspiring... More > portrayal of the Catholic faith in this story. It is lightly interspersed, but for me, as a Catholic, it makes the story even more meaningful. If you are not, I would still highly recommend the story just for a fun read, especially if you like fairytale retellings.< Less
  • By salitsky_08
    May 4, 2009
    "Double Thumbs-Up!!!" This book is absolutely phenomenal with its unforgettable characters and fast-paced plot. Based on Grimm's fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, Regina Doman tells the story of sisters Blanche and Rose, whose lives change dramatically due to the unexpected friendship of a man who calls himself Bear. The girls are quickly caught up in the mystery that surrounds Bear, which leads to danger and life-threatening situations. This is a gripping story of love and sacrifice, as well as an amazing adventure you won't want to miss out on. ~Mae 9/5/07
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Product Details

2008 Edition
Chesterton Press
September 29, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.86 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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