Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie

  • Name: The Enchanted Truth
  • Author: Kym Petrie
  • ISBN: 9781608323685
  • Genre: Short Stories
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
  • Publication/Expected Publication: September 18, 2012

This short story is a charming update to classic fairy tales.  Although couched in the language of the past - with carriages, petticoats, etc - it is easy to see how the tale could be applied to people of today, regardless of age.

The story begins with our Princess meeting her assigned Fairy Godmother.  Rather than granting her the Prince Charming she believes she so richly deserves, the Fairy Godmother instead bestows upon the Princess a stuffed frog.  She instructs the Princess to put a list of all the attributes she desires in a mate in the frog's pouch.

The Princess promptly pushes the Fairy Godmother's advice (and frog) aside and resumes her normal activities.  However, after a particularly horrific date, she decides to give the "frog list" a try.  Six pages later, she is finally done.  As she continues to date frogs, she adds more and more attributes to the list.

The story ends with the Princess reviewing her list and realizing her "Prince Charming" has been with her all along, so to speak.

Although a little cheesy or a bit campy, this story would be a great read for people struggling in the dating world or having perhaps just re-entered it.  It masks its moral in the guise of a modified fairy tale ending so that it's message of self-respect isn't preachy or overbearing.

I would definitely recommend this quick read for people (age 13+)!

**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**

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