Title: RapAnn’s All
Author: Laura Strickland
Genre: Fairy Tale Retold (Romance)
Surrendered to a powerful witch at birth, RapAnn doesn't know her parents. When she resists becoming the mistress of a lecherous roué, her guardian imprisons her in a tall tower as punishment. There, she has only the music of her voice and the company of the birds for comfort.
Prince Kenzie, hearing her song, vows to free her, but the tower lies in the grip of the witch's dark magic. Even if their love survives the spell, how can RapAnn, deceived by illusion, ever see the truth in Prince Kenzie's eyes?
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair... or so the fairy tale goes. But life for RapAnn has been anything but a fairy tale. Taken from her parents right after birth for her father stealing a few rape leaves from the herb garden of Lady Margaret, she's lived under the vengeful rule of Lady Margaret. With only her books and her love of music, she counters the constant evil words of Lady Margaret and tries to make the best of it. When RapAnn turns a certain age, Lady Margaret tells her she's going to be under the "protection" of an equally evil man. RapAnn refuses adamantly. Lady Margaret uses her magic to sequester RapAnn in a tower in the middle of the forest. With little food and clothing, she barely survives in the tower. The only music she has is her own voice and she sings to herself to make the time go by. A handsome prince hears her and falls in love with her. He vows to free her but RapAnn knows Lady Margaret will punish them both. Can Prince Kenzie convince RapAnn his love is true and not a lie? Will RapAnn ever believe she deserves love and release herself from the power of Lady Margaret?
RapAnn's All is such a beautiful retelling of the famous fairy tale. Laura Strickland takes the fairy tale and breathes new life into it. It's a tale we can all relate to: self-image and self-respect. When all you've been told are lies, it's hard to accept the truth. This is the main theme of this story. Descriptive narration so deep, so emotional, there were times when I cried. RapAnn's loneliness is drenched in the story and the reader can't help but want to help her. The characters are so well developed, they leap from the pages. The plot moves at a nice easy pace. The ending had me singing out loud. If you're a fan of fairy tale retellings, you have to read this one. You'll never look at Rapunzel in the same way. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Multi-award-winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between. Her first Scottish Historical hero, Devil Black, battled his way onto the publishing scene in 2013, and the author never looked back. Nor has she tapped the limits of her imagination. Venturing beyond Historical and Contemporary Romance, she created a new world with her ground-breaking Buffalo Steampunk Adventure series set in her native city, in Western New York. Married and the parent of one grown daughter, Laura has also been privileged to mother a number of very special rescue dogs, and is intensely interested in animal welfare. These days while she's writing, you can always find her latest rescue, Lacy, nearby. Her love of dogs, and her lifelong interest in Celtic history, magic and music, are all reflected in her writing. Laura's mantra is Lore, Legend, Love, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N