fairy tale by mullen
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I belong to a group where people post about their books and if you choose to read one of them, you have a link to purchase it. I really liked the cover of this book and who doesn’t long for a “Fairy Tale?” The story lived up to the title “Fairy Tale,” and it was “an extraordinary romance.”

This story has two definite themes.

It is set in an earlier era. I deducted that it was most likely 1820. It starts out as a story of two young girls who have grown up doing everything together. Through the years Fleur and Gemma laughed at the mere thought of marriage and pledged from an early age to remain spinsters, enjoying life together as they had from childhood.

Then reality threatens the world they have created, and they become aware that as daughters they are expected to marry, because they will be burdens to their families if they don’t. The first chapter opens with an arrogant male proposing marriage to Fluer and being astounded that she is not falling over herself to accept his proposal, because she is already considered a spinster at the age of 24.

Fluer comes from a wealthy household and she has a wonderful maid that she loves. She and Gemma include Daisy in some of their youthful activities around the estate, even though it would be forbidden if others knew. One night after a dance that is attended by Fluer’s unwelcome suitor, the three young women go for a walk along the beach. They go for a spontaneous swim and are “saved” by Marina, a mermaid, when to all intents and purposes they have drowned.

The ensuing friendship with Marina eventually has her sharing a tale that is 100 years old. She tells them of a life she lived as, Violette, a young French Princess who was betrothed by her father to marry a Hungarian King she had never met. Her parents had loaded her into a carriage and sent her to meet her future husband. On the journey, she was kidnapped and forced to be a slave in the Sultan’s Harem.

Marina’s tale as Violette was very interesting.

I said this story had two themes—one was the adventures of the girls and the mermaid’s story. The other was that “love is governed by the heart not by law” and throughout the book that theme is strongly woven into the story.

I am heterosexual, but I have no issues with people who are lesbian or gay—in fact I have friends and also know people who are one or the other. I believe each individual has a right to honor their sexual orientation.

However, I can see where anyone one who is strongly opposed to either lifestyle might not enjoy this read because it is one of the main threads in this book.

I am giving this book 4 stars—definitely not because of the alternative lifestyle theme, but because there were times when I simply had to go back and reread passages because I almost felt like I’d gotten lost. And more than once the writer interjected a “Dear reader” line that explained what she wasn’t going to say. This is one example: “Readers, because we are talking about a kiss with a Mermaid, we will not waste any time, pretending that any of the girls was in shock over the passionate exchange.” I found this jarring, and quite frankly unnecessary.

This is a Fairy Tale, just as the title says. It was a good story, and while for me it wasn’t ‘classic romantic literature lost in time,’ it definitely rated more than the one star that an offended reader left earlier on Amazon.

I encourage anyone who is interested to read this book. For you, it may very well be that ‘CLASSIC ROMANTIC LITERATURE LOST IN TIME!”

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com by clicking here.