Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #FairyStory – The Godmother by Cathy Cade


It has been a busy couple of weeks so I enjoyed putting my feet up for an hour with a cup of tea, some biscuits and Cathy Cade’s take on a popular fairy story with her recent release  The Godmother.

About the book

Euphemia Ffinch, godmother to Lucinda Eleanor, has been travelling since she retired as nanny to the Regalian royal family.

Buttons the dog has lived in the basement with Cindy since his master died, while her stepmother and stepsisters live upstairs and treat her as a servant.

Prince Alfred of Regalia is dreading his birthday ball; his stutter gets worse in company and the daughters of the nobility look down on him. They are all taller than he is. He’d rather invite the girl he met online.

Euphemia learns that Cindy’s father has died. Her intuition tells her she is needed back in Regalia, but someone is trying to stop her.

My review for the book December 18th 2020

The Godmother is a modern twist on a much loved fairy story that has been immortalised in children’s books and in various interpretations in movies.

Cathy Cade brings the story up to date with current day technology which offers an opportunity to expand the adventure to include far flung places, a fiesty Godmother who sticks her nose into foreign intrigue, online communication and dating apps for Prince Charming to browse.

The author takes care to keep the fundamental elements of the original story as far as the characters are concerned, but gives them an upgrade in certain departments. There is also a very cute dog which is a very nice touch.

A lovely short story with some humour and twists to the plot that makes it a pleasure to read.

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Also by Cathy Cade

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Cathy Cade lives with her husband and dogs, mostly in the Cambridgeshire Fens and sometimes across the fence from London’s Epping Forest. Following a career in libraries where creative writing opportunities were limited to annual reports, she now produces a different kind of fiction.

Cathy’s short stories have been published in ‘Scribble’ magazine and Chris Fielden’s ‘To Hull and Back 2018, Short Stories’. Her stories and rhymes also appear in the anthologies ‘Where the Wild Winds Blow’ and ‘A Following Wind’, from the Whittlesey Wordsmiths’ creative writing group (both available from Amazon.)

Her verse owes more to Pam Ayres than G K Chesterton. Examples can be found at Commaful (see Cathy Cade) and on WordPress at


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed my review of Cathy’s book. Thanks Sally.