Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Queen of Gold and Straw: A Rumpelstiltskin Retelling by Shari L. Tapscott

Greta knows two things to be true. The first: trolls don't venture into the forest, especially during the day. The second: kings don't save peddler's daughters from those trolls, and they certainly don't deposit them atop royal horses and personally escort them home.

But sometimes, they do. And sometimes afterward, life gets very complicated...

Queen of Gold and Straw is a romantic fairy tale retelling full of humor, first love, new love, promises, lots of straw, and—of course—gold.

My daughter and I both read this book.  She got done first and I had to wait a bit to finally get to my turn.  I loved this story but I think Jaalah sums it up best so I'll leave you to her review and just add in my amen.  :)

Queen of Gold and Straw by Shari L. Tapscott was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The author created a wonderful spin off the classic Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale with love, fear, and a sense of wonder that is only found in books with the best storytelling. I constantly found myself reading late into the night to finish the next chapter. While I am usually pretty good at guessing books’ plots, this was one so original and engaging, I never guessed how the new rendition would compare to the classic tale.

I absolutely loved the characters- Greta was relatable, bold, and strong, Rune was mysterious, engaging, and innocent, and Conrad was charming, witty, and heroic. Shari L. Tapscott created a tale of love and tragedy that was deeper than most with a love triangle; it was realistic. The message was clear- a broken person can always mend. I love how she brought in so much feeling, and how she put her characters through genuinely difficult things. This is a book worth reading.

Content:  kissing, peril, mild violence

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are our own.

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