My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Book Description: Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father's abandonment, she's vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.
One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest's pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom's Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen's heart, the one thing she's vowed never to give.
Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea” and "Rumpelstiltskin"
My thoughts: Forests have always been magical in my imagination. This book brings the magic and majesty of forests to life for me.
Eileen lives next to a magical forest that takes her to beautiful and exciting places. The forest loves her and protects her. The forest brings her to what it knows will bring her joy, when it took her to Aiden she felt betrayed, not knowing that the forest really was looking out for her and helping her.
Eileen's heart was shattered when her father left on a trip and never returned. She didn't want to let anyone in because she was afraid that they would eventually leave her and break her heart again. As the forest leads her to Aiden again and again, the wall she built begins to chip, opening up the possibility for a "happily ever after".
I really liked this book. It has the fairy-tale storyline that has always appealed to me. I loved the characters. Her friend Rosie was fun and playful, adding joy and hope to Eileen's life. Then there were the Prince and Princesses who became her friends at the castle. All through her journey in the book she had a wonderful support system who helped her through her trials.
Aiden, what to say about Aiden? He has secrets, but underneath all of the mystery surrounding him, he is a good person. I really liked where Camille Peters took this story. I loved the HEA, and I look forward to reading books of hers in the future.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Camille Peters was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up surrounded by books. As a child, she spent every spare moment reading and writing her own stories on every scrap of paper she could find. Becoming an author was always more than a childhood dream; it was a certainty.
Her love of writing grew alongside her as she took local writing classes in her teens, spent a year studying Creative Writing at the English University of Northampton, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and History. She’s now blessed to be a full-time author.
When she’s not writing she’s thinking about writing, and when’s she’s not thinking about writing she’s…alright, she’s always thinking about writing, but she can also be found reading, playing board games with her family and friends, or taking long, bare-foot walks as she lives inside her imagination and brainstorms more tales.
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