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Spinner of Secrets Paperback – May 3, 2017
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About the Author
About the Author: Annie Louise Twitchell is a homeschool graduate who is obsessed with dragons and fairy tales. She enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and many forms of art. When she's not writing, she can often be found reading out loud to her cat, rabbit, and houseplants, or wandering barefoot in the area around her Western Maine home.
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What an intriguing little book! I was quickly interested in the story, and gobbled it up like a dragon.
This fairy tale retelling was one I was in no way familiar with- seriously, the only Rumpelstillskin I ever knew was from Shrek. Ha. So, this fairy tale was so cool!
The characters were, for the most part, well done. Occasionally, the main character seemed a bit whiny, but I leave this due to the fact that she was pregnant, had lost her family, and had never been taught how to love, or been taught to act like a young lady. At least, that's what I got. So, apart from this, the story was well woven! It was so neat how in such a short time, so much could be woven together and fitted. A well paced book.
It follows Letta, a peasant girl thrust into a world of wealth and power and elegance when she marries the prince of her kingdom, in return for spinning a twine so soft and taught that it will bring in the wealth the kingdom needs. The only problem? Letta can't actually spin the thread everyone thinks she can. But, she's given only one choice: spin or die.
Locked in a tower with only piles of straw and a spinning wheel, Letta is desperate. So when a strange little man appears and tells her he'll spin the thread for her, she accepts. When her tower room is filled with priceless thread the next morning, things begin to change for Letta. The tension in the palace subsides, and she is treated as the princess her position affords. Even the hardened prince, trying desperately not to let the sweet peasant girl into his heart, softens toward her. Softness turns to care, and care to love. Letta has the life she's so desperately wanted--an adoring husband, a roof over her head, and the ability to change her kingdom. But, the exchange she made for this life is something even more precious--her first born daughter.
In order to save her child, Letta and her prince must figure out the name of the mysterious little man who spun for her in three days, or the child becomes his. Well, considering this is a retelling of the classic Rumplestiltskin tale, we all know how it ends. They are able to discover his name, and save their daughter. However, Twitchell gives this well-known story a depth and a cadence that draws the reader in and creates a memorable and fresh take on a classic. Its a fast read, partly because of the length, but mostly because of the way that Annie Louise Twitchell's words draw you in and refuse to let go.
Highly recommended, light-yet-deeply-moving read for anyone!
I am, however, docking a star for one reason--Prince Kyle. For the most part, I loved Kyle and his character growth. By the end, I was fully rooting for him and Letta.
But there was that one moment.
At one point, Kyle slaps her hard, knocking her down. In my book, basically domestically abusing her. And Letta's response is to cower--something that only made it seem more like abuse. Kyle eventually (kind of) apologizes, and he never acts violently toward her again. However, I felt like that one time was never dealt with. He never acts as ashamed as he should. He never goes out of his way to promise her he'll never hurt her. That he'll protect her with his life. That he'll be a better man. Ist just kind of glossed over, and that didn't sit right with me. But, other than that one scene, the rest of his behavior felt like the growth of a broken man, and It didn't bother me. In fact, like I said, I really liked his character by the end.
Aside from that one point, I really enjoyed Spinner of Secrets and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, well-rounded fairytale retelling!
When her cruel step-father forces her to marry Crown Prince Kyle saying she can spin the finest linen thread from straw and moonlight, Letta Miller is caught in a complicated web of lies and deceit. Married to a man she is beginning to love, but who still loves another, Letta finds herself overwhelmed with her new life and runs away…straight into the arms of the very gypsies her talents are supposed to destroy. There she meets a strange man who, when she is taken back to the castle and locked in a room to spin the thread she is incapable of making, appears and offers to do it for her. But he requires payments, and on the third night, he demands her unborn child. Afraid, Letta agrees, but the promise tears at her and she withdraws into herself, becoming cold and silent, hurting Prince Kyle who has begun to care for her. Can Letta bring herself to tell her husband the truth and will she be able to save her child?
Gypsies, outlaws, rags to riches, Ms. Twitchell weaves together tales of love and loss in this unique re-telling of Rumplestiltskin…with a few surprises.
I have been privileged to know not only the author for many years, but this story since its beginning and of all the Rumplestiltskin re-tellings I’ve read, this is my favorite.
Letta had my complete sympathy. She loses her father whom she was very close to when she is young and is then treated like a slave by her step-father. Then he sells her off to a prince by telling ginormous lies and she is forced into becoming a princess and marrying a man who can’t stand the sight of her. She is no longer allowed to associate with her mother and then she begins to fall in love with her husband and he still doesn’t want anything to do with her.
Kyle was interesting. He has had some very tragic events in his life, but I think his obsession with removing the gypsies from the land was rather unhealthy. His sense of duty was quite admirable, but his treatment of Letta in the beginning I found very aggravating. I thought he could have made a greater effort to be kind to her. She didn’t want to be there anymore then he wanted her there.
I wanted to whack the King over the head with a wooden baseball bat.
Queen Isa was sweet. Kind and caring, but no nonsense.
I loved how loyal Jane, Letta’s maid was, even when obeying Letta meant risking Prince Kyle’s grave displeasure.
Rumplestilskin was a very well done villain, he seemed like just a kind old gentleman, but had that hint of black magic about him that made him feel sinister.
I rate this book 4 out of five stars.
Note: There is violence and a child’s death. I would not recommend it to anyone under 14.