Review of Maid and Minstrel by Kate Stradling

Synopsis:
Rosalind always shared her birthday with her father’s horses, but she never expected to share their fate.

Sheltered and pampered, beautiful Rosalind of Lovana turns eighteen with fluttering excitement. Nobles and dignitaries across the land are to celebrate with her—including young King Philip of Mallinae, whom she secretly adores.

But instead of a party, she descends to an auction where she is the prize up for bid. Incensed, she ridicules the guests, slinging a willfully hurtful barb at Philip in their midst.

Her father, enraged to have his moneymaking schemes thus ruined, delivers a seething ultimatum: Rosalind must marry a beggar that very night, or she dies.

This novella is based on “King Thrushbeard” by the Brothers Grimm.

Review:
This was short, simple, sweet, and very adorable. I quite enjoyed the growth of all the main characters throughout, and how much they come to care for and respect each other because of their mutual desire to not see the other live a bad life. Very sweet, cute, and definitely recommend. It didn’t have a terrible amount of depth, but it was nice to have a heroine willing to step in and make herself and those who were willing to stick themselves out for her safe and try to keep them healthy.

Star rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

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