I say this often, but this story truly did take me by surprise. I had looked at it several times, always shying away because of the price. I came close to buying it, always right on the cusp of taking the plunge before stepping back from the cliff of the unknown. It’s always a risk purchasing something from an unfamiliar author. I AM an unfamiliar author myself and I’m praying people will buy my book. It finally came available to read on Kindle Unlimited so I snatched it up...and could not put it down. A book is always great for me when I devour the contents.
This is a retelling of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story is focused on Azalea. She is the eldest of the girls and is excited about her future prospects of beautiful gowns suitors and most-of-all dancing the night away! When it is suddenly stripped away, she finds solace in the mysterious pavilion of The Keeper. He feels as trapped as she, so extends an invitation for Azalea and her sisters to join him each night to dance in the Silver Forest.
At the time Azalea and her eleven sisters do not realize the cost. The benefactor is named The Keeper for a reason and none of them, especially Azalea does not realize how tangled in his web she becomes until it might be too late.
What I loved about this book was the depth of the characters. More than romance, this was a book about real love and remembering why we need to keep forgiveness close to our hearts.
Azalea first runs to The Keeper because she feels unloved by her father, who appears as a cold and distant. It is obvious to the reader Azalea's father loves her and her sisters very much, but he doesn't know how to express it well. The more tangled Azalea becomes in The Keepers lies, the more she must rely upon her father and others to unweave the web she's caught in, and she will have to lay aside her pride to even begin letting them help.
Favorite Description from the Book:
She wanted to give him toast. The sort that had melted butter and a bit of honey spread on top. It was a stupid thought, but there was something comforting about toast.
If you’re interested in this book, you can find it on Amazon at a cost of $9.99, or if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber read it for free.