Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Christian.
Age Range: 14+
Favorite Quote: “He sincerely was beautiful. His smile, his wit, his friendliness and ease, his laughter-they all exuded such beauty. How could one look at him and not think him wonderful?”
Series: The third book in the Faerie Tale Collection. Doesn’t need to be read in chronological order.
Stars: 4 out of 5 stars.
A young prince crippled by a witch–
When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crippled servant in the castle.
Years later, his younger brother, Marcus, becomes king and humors Aubrynn’s father when he boasts that his daughter can turn straw into gold. Intrigued Marcus locks the distraught maiden in a tower and declares to the kingdom that if she can transform the straw, he will marry her, but if she cannot he will kill her father.
Rumplestiltskin is determined to help Aubrynn save her father and marry the king. Now, if only he can remember to keep his real identity a secret and not fall in love with her himself…
I picked up this book for review because I was looking for a short and sweet fairy tale, which is exactly what I got! I think stories of Rumpelstiltskin are so neat, and this re-telling was no different.
I loved the two main characters, Rumple-as he’s affectionately called-and Aubrynn. The romance was beautiful and sweet. She fell in love with his personality and not with his looks. Their conversations made me laugh out loud and smile like crazy!
I enjoyed the little twists on the original story. We still had spinning straw into gold, but in this re-telling Rumple isn’t a bad guy. H,e helps the girl out of the goodness of his heart.
Overall: Really enjoyed this fairy tale, and I am definitely interested in picking up more by Jenni James!
I received a copy of this book from the author, Jenni James, and Singing Librarian Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Jenni James is the busy mother of ten kids (7 hers, 3 her hubby’s) and has over twenty-five published book babies. She’s an award-winning, best-selling author, who works full-time from home and dreams about magical things and then writes about what she dreams.
Some of her works include The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Emmalee, Persuaded…), The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast…), the Andy & Annie series for children, Revitalizing Jane: Drowning, My Paranormal Life, Not Cinderella’s Type, and the Austen in Love Series.
When she isn’t writing up a storm, she is chasing her kids around their new cottage and farm in the tops of the southwestern mountains, entertaining friends at home, or kissing her amazingly hunky hubby. Her life is full of laughter, crazy, and sunshine.