Review: The Hidden Blessing by Melissa Buell
Author: Melissa Buell
Publisher: The Little Things Publishing Company
Published: November 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tales
How do you test for happily ever after?
Nine years ago, Emma became orphaned as a result of the Zynachnean-Mittra War. Although her memories are gone and she has no idea who she is or where she came from, she’s kindly adopted by a fairy and raised in the small village of Weymouth.
Now eighteen, Emma has come to love the life she’s made with her fairy mother. But tragedy strikes Emma’s home just as Prince Will and his sister, Princess Allessia, travel incognito through Weymouth on their way to Mittra. Allessia offers to hire Emma as her lady’s maid, despite Will’s reluctance.
Can Emma discover the truth about her past and attempt to plan her future while navigating the stormy waters of courtly intrigue?
The Hidden Blessing is the second book in the Tales of Gymandrol. If you haven't read the first book, The Seventh Blessing, don't worry, you'll be able to follow the story without any problems. The Hidden Blessing follows the story of Emma, who is the child of Queen Samantha and Prince Nolan. When Emma was a little girl she was stolen away from her parents. She's brought up by a kind lady, whom she calls Grammie. Despite a troubled past that she can't remember, Emma grows up happy and healthy. It is only when she is nineteen that her world turns upside down. She meets Prince Will and his sister, Princess Allessia. Emma and Ellissa are instant friends. Emma soon travels with them to Mittra, where her destiny awaits.
Emma is kind, inquisitive, and brave. She travels with Will and Allessia with no preconceived expectations. She does her best to try to fit in, be a hard worker, and bring peace around her. Rumors that the lost princess is still alive reach the Queen's ears, and Emma helps to develop a test to help uncover the real princess. She doesn't realize that in the process she's also uncovering her past. This story is great. I really liked the first book, The Seventh Blessing, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read the next book in the Tales of Gymandrol. The Hidden Blessing did not disappoint. I love that Melissa Buell gives her characters integrity, morals, and strength. The story line is interesting and entertaining. It's a tale for the young and old. This story is clean-cut, so it's perfect for the younger (middle grade) audiences. The Tales of Gymandrol is a book that I recommend for people who love fairy tales.
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