I do love fairy tales and retellings. This past week I was able to read the next installment of the Faraway series, The Lady and the Wish.
Isn't this cover GORGEOUS! From the description: Gillian set her heart on marrying a prince.
Lady Gillian Montmorency is determined to win Prince Fidelio’s heart, but her plans are crashing around her ears. First, Fidelio’s older cousin with a beard like a bird’s nest proposes to her. Next, intimidating Prince Max insists she will be his next trophy.
But the worst of all, her parents reveal a financial scandal. To pay off her father’s debt, Gillian must agree to work one year as companion to an old lady at some remote and ramshackle villa.
Fine. She’ll go. But she doesn’t have to like it.
Something strange is going on at Lady Beneventi’s villa. Ghostly people appear, doors vanish, statues come to life . . . and the old lady herself despises Gillian. With the help of a handsome but hostile construction worker, can Gillian solve the mystery of the wishes and return to her proper place in high society? Can she finally snare a prince to marry?
Or might love play a part in changing her plans?
A King Thrushbeard Romance
I don't see too many retellings of Thrushbeard which makes this a unique story to begin with. Gillian (who has made previous appearance) is spoiled and self centered. At least on the surface. But like all tales looks can be deceiving. Despite the "mean girl" reputation Stengl's characters have multiple layers and depth to them.
From hundreds of poodles to a flirting statue the story moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged. With wishes that often led to mass chaos my son and I couldn't get enough. Honestly to me the series just keeps getting better and better. My son's only complaint was not enough cinder sprites, but the poodles made up for it. With a beautiful romance interwoven in this story was pure magic.
So if you are looking for some misfiring magic, romance, and a strong female character, this is your book. So pick up your copy and enjoy another trip to Faraway Castle where magic lies inside. Happy Reading!
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