Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Trudy is an orphaned maid living in a small mountain town. She loves her best friend Tips who left when he was young to become a soldier. The two friends keep in touch through letters and look forward to the day when they can be together again. Meanwhile, princess Wisdom is traveling with her grandmother, servants and an unusual cat to her fiance's kingdom, unaware that her future mother-in-law has evil plans. Through a series of incidents the three characters' lives become intertwined in ways none of them could imagine. Together, they must defeat the evil duchess, conquer broken hearts, perform aerial acrobatics, and reclaim a kingdom. This is a nice story about true love and destiny, based on fairy tales. However, the style of telling the story is confusing since it is all told via letters, diary entries and faux historical documents. I would have preferred a straightforward narration and a happier resolution for Trudy.