When sickness swept through Bronwen’s family, it took the life of her father, brother, and sister, and left her permanently crippled. On the stormy eve of her sixteenth birthday, a faerie-witch gifts her a pair of enchanted shoes. Bronwen slips them on and is healed--but only when the shoes are on her feet. Her grace and beauty catches the eye of the king’s son--Urien, a handsome young man who prides himself on having everything perfect.
When Rhys, an old acquaintance and Captain of the Guard, recognizes Bronwen, he threatens to tell Urien her secret. Desperate to keep her deformity hidden and not to lose the love of handsome Urien, Bronwen quickly finds herself tangled in a web of lies and deceit. After all, she can't wear the shoes forever.
*sigh* such a sweet, good, wholesome, loveable book! where to begin!
This story is about finding what's right and good about oneself and not having to rely on perfect to make you right for someone. This beautifully written tale about a girl who lost to use of her legs due to a sickness that kills her family except herself and mother but leaves her scarred. She is left without the use of her legs, she gets around with a crutch but because of that she finds herself undesirable. Until one day a fairy leaves some ugly shoes that when worn makes her able to walk.
When Bronwen finds out that she can walk, her mother finds it appropriate to take her to court and be presented in order to find a suitable husband. Instead Bronwen finds herself catching the eye of the prince.
There are SOOOOOO many aspects I absolutely LOVED about this book. I LOVED the fact that Rhys and Bronwen clash heads all the time yet it's he who saves her all the time. I loved how gentle the prince is towards Bronwen and how well the author turned events to make your heart be ripped out of your chest. I loved the ending.
I just wish there was MORE STORY! this was SOOO GOOD I didn't want it to end! I wasn't ready I wanted MORE, more story, more character development, more everything! I loved it all! It was just too quick of a read!
However my ONE critique is Bronwen although I get it, I felt didn't deserve the guy she got. nope, and when you read it you'll understand. Do I understand that this book is about find what perfection really means? yes, do I understand we need a character with this flaw to get the message across? yes, but I became so attached to certain characters I found myself defending them in the end! I really liked certain characters, really. That's how good this book is!
HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book! I love this book so much you'll have to buy your own cause I am NOT giving mine away! :)
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)
Violence: mild (some sword fighting)
Meet the Author:
Julie Daines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Utah, and educated around the world. As a high school student, she spent her summers hiking the deserts of southern Utah, drawing inspiration from the various plants and animals to write children’s stories and legends.
She studied Zoology and Secondary Education at Brigham Young University, paying her way through college by performing live reptile demonstrations at the university’s life science museum.
She spent eighteen months living in London where she studied and fell in love with English Literature, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the fellow who ran the kebab store around the corner.
After editing for other authors, she decided to take up writing again--this time in the young adult genre. She feels qualified to write for teens because, as a young adult, she mastered the art of drama. Oh, and she has some skulking around the house.
Julie is a member of SCBWI, the League of Utah Writers, and Utah Children’s Writers. She frequently attends conferences where she has won a few awards for her writing, and is part of a superb writer’s group.
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Her website: http://www.juliedaines.com/