Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.
Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.
But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth.
As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?
Title: Beyond the Horizon
Series (if applicable): N/A, as of right now.
Author: Jesseca Wheaton
Publisher (if applicable): Independently published
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, WWII, Historical Romance
Recommended Age: 8+, depending on if you’re okay with fairy-tales.
I’ve had this on my tbr shelf on Goodreads for almost a year, and I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing this book for the author. I really wanted to read this when I found that this is a WWII Cinderella retelling, and you know what? It barely reminded me of that at all! This story was just so original, in my opinion. I was drawn into the story quickly, and read this in one sitting.
I feel like many Cinderella retellings tend to have a spin-off on the name, Cinderella, such as Ella. This one was different. The main character’s name is Eliana, a servant to her mother and step-sisters. This is pretty much the only part of that reminds me of Cinderella. I really loved her character, and her past was really interesting. The things that happened in this book really surprised me, especially when certain things happened.
Aron quickly became a favorite of mine. Although he was (highlight if you want for a spoiler) a Nazi, as Eliana put it, I quickly became fond of him. He was pretty much the prince of the story, which didn’t take me that long to figure out before it was revealed, but it was quite a unique twist to have the prince be- never mind, I don’t want to spoil. 😀
I really thought the step-mother was going to be different in this retelling. Although she bossed Eliana around, she still seemed to value her. I mean, letting her go to the “ball” was something the other step-mothers in these retellings never would’ve done. She ended up being true to the core at the end, but she was still an interesting one.
This book gave me historical feels, although not as much as I would’ve liked, but is something I would want to read again and again. I would let my little sister read this when she’s a bit older, since there’s minor romance in this book. The book was wonderfully written and just made her my favorite author even more, making me look forward to her next book: A Question of Loyalty. It would be cool to see a sequel to Beyond the Horizon, maybe tackling issues with Aron going to war?
If you love fairy-tale retellings, a realistic one, and WWII.. well, you’ll just love this story.
I would recommend this book for those 10+, mainly because of minor romance (also because of it being set during WWII). If you’re okay with letting your young one reading fairy-tales/Disney princess movies, then this would probably be something they’d like and is okay for them. It’d be really good for anyone to read because it’s realistic and there is no magic.
The only content I can think of would be the minor romance.
I received a copy of this ebook from the author (thanks so much, Jesseca!) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to give one.