Author: Debbie Viguie
Challenge: Back to school challenge, fifty books in sixty-two days
Synopsis: [ganked from amazon]
Ruth's grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the "evil" that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.
When she wasn't in the woods, Ruth was learning the trade of her father, a blacksmith, now that her brother would never return from the Crusades.
Amidst those dark days, a new man enters Ruth's life. William is a noble with a hot temper and a bad name, and he makes her shiver. But the young man is prey to his heritage, a curse placed on his family ages ago, and each male of the family has strange blood running in his veins. Now Ruth must come face-to-face with his destiny at Grandma's house
The concept of this book was decent enough; the execution was terrible. I did like the whispering trees motif, and the fact that Ruth is a blacksmith and no one makes a huge, burn the witch deal out of it. Also the fact that she doesn’t hve rebellious princess syndrome. The new red cape with her brother’s armor was also interesting.
Unfortunately, those four things are the only things I enjoyed in the entire book. The romance is staged, terribly – when her father assumes that the man in charge of William’s horses is the one that wants to marry her, my first thought was how much better a story it would be. But no; it’s the woman falling for the dark, mysterious noble. She knows fully well how much she’s going to hate being a lady and goes ahead and does it anyway. She barely knows the guy when she says she loves him, in fact the only thing she knows is that he attacked her in wolf form when she was a child, and she knows this, and she says it anyway. And believes it. And the way the curse was resolved was painfully simple.
Overall, do yourself a favor and skip it, even if you love Little Red Riding Hood retellings.