2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards Official Selection in the Memoir Category!
2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) Finalist in the Poetry Category!
2017 Readers’ Favorite Finalist in the Poetry General Category!
“Through all of her difficulties, the princess is still somehow able to find hope, and to pull herself out of the misery that has become her family life. This story is one that will stay with a reader for a long time after the book is done, and one that I can easily recommend!” — Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
“A deeply personal piece of non-fiction, No Fairy Tale is not necessarily a read for the faint of heart. Many of the situations and scenarios that D.L. Finn divulges are truly heart breaking and many readers will find themselves wiping away tears in places.” –-Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite
“While readers who prefer linear approaches may balk at the story’s movement between prose and poetry, ultimately this creates better opportunities to understand both bigger picture and smaller, intimate moments of observation and changes in perspective, making No Fairy Tale a recommended pick for autobiography readers who appreciate inspirational, poetry-infused sagas”. — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“D.L. Finn’s No Fairy Tale: The Reality of a Girl Who Wasn’t a Princess and Her Poetry easily earns commendation for its unapologetic honesty and transparency, while guiding readers through personal passages of pain and renewal”. — Jessica Tingling, San Francisco Book Review
“Although the content of her story (abuse and constant criticism, blaming and shaming) is difficult to read at times, her writing style is clear and concise. She also shows this kind of abuse exists in families of all socio-economic levels, an important message.” — Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite
“The early chapters are the reality of her life, and it was anything but a fairy tale. Moving, heart-breaking, it isn’t difficult when reading the poetry to guess at what age each must have been written…” — Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite
You are invited into D.L. Finn’s life, written through a princess’s viewpoint. While it’s usually assumed in fairy tales that the princess is beloved by all, this is one princess who doesn’t feel loved. She dreams of a moment when her father will walk through the castle door, sweep her up in his arms and proclaim how much he misses her. That never happens. Instead, she is introduced to a new step family. Just like in the fairy tales, this is where the story takes a dark twist; where addiction, abuse and adolescence thrive together in retched misery. From her lowest point as a hopeless fourteen-year-old girl who gives up all hope– comes a spark of faith. This is where she begins her quest for a happy ending.
Although the princess ends her very real fairy tale, D.L. Finn steps in and shares her thoughts, poetry and photographs. This entire narrative is the author’s reality from childhood through adulthood. She maintains the privacy of those involved while hanging on to her truth.