Cinderella Revisited: How to Survive Your Stepfamily Without a Fairy Godmother


148 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 1-55110-094-0
DDC 306.874





Reviewed by Claude A. Guldner

Claude A. Guldner is a professor of family studies at the University of


This book is intended for those entering into or already in a
stepfamily. In the book, the author presents important “stories”
from stepfamilies; debunks the myths and misconceptions about
stepfamilies; and thoroughly discusses how to deal with the necessary
adjustments a stepfamily must make, such as the letting go or blending
of routines, rituals, and traditions that were established in each
previous family, and the developing of new ones—often a difficult
process. He also provides ideas for enabling family members to
understand the complex issues. In fact, there is not a dimension of
stepfamily life that the author does not deal with in quite practical
yet easily understood terms.

Peter Marshall writes from his own experience of being part of a
stepfamily as well as from his clinical experience working with
stepfamilies. He is to be commended for his highly readable,
comprehensive approach. Cinderella Revisited is a welcome addition to
the literature on step-families.


Marshall, Peter., “Cinderella Revisited: How to Survive Your Stepfamily Without a Fairy Godmother,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 21, 2024,