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Author: Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Published: October 4th, 2016
This is a alternative version of the classic fairy story of Sleeping Beauty, now set it in the cotton Mills in the late 1800s and having add a few twists and turns along the way! I was impressed how the author has created this alternative version of the classic story, keeping true to her chosen time setting and to the original tale. Miss Briarly Rose Jenny is the heroine of the tale, sixteen years old and working in the mill to earn money to help keep her twin brothers and sister together after the tragic deaths of their parents. Henry Prince is the hero. He also works in the Mill even though he’s really too old to be doing his current job but he keeps on doing so to be close to Briar. There are fairies, good and evil, great friendships and secrets to be revealed as love tries to find a way to protect the heroine and keep her safe.
The story is an enjoyable alternative retelling with magic having what turns out to be an unacceptable price. You’ll just have to read it to find out what happens and how the evil magic is overcome in true fairy tale fashion.
I found many of the historic aspects of this story really intriguing and believe the author shared them in an easy to relate to manner. The story didn’t have a consistent pace, some of the middle section seemed relatively slow going but it did pick up again in the end which is very enjoyable. If you feel like escaping into the land of fairytales with good v evil and romance, too, or to find out more about this time period, this is one that’s worth checking out!
This is my honest opinion after reading an ARC of this book via NetGalley.
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.
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