"AH! So that\'s how the story ends!"
Cindy Ella and Prince Chalmers have just gotten married.
However, before they can move onto "Happily ever after"
Fern (Cindy's fairy godmother) overhears talk of someone
planning to kidnapping Cindy before the honeymoon! With a
quick wave of her wand, Fern sends the three women most
likely to be able to help Cindy on their way towards love
and rescue: Belinda, Lilith and Roberta.
Belinda takes it upon herself to try and pose as her best
friend Cindy and ends up getting kidnapped and dumped into
the lap of Princes business enemy. Disfigured in a fire,
Cain lives to try and ruin Prince, the man he thinks tried
to kill him five years before.
Lilith, a declining cover model happens to be one of
Cindy's evil stepsisters and gets dragged after another
enemy with Princes Chief of Security Frank. Having been
abandoned by the echelon of society himself, Frank can't
stand the fakeness of Lilith. He would have been quite
content to leave her behind, but he needs the ice princess
to make a positive identification.
Lastly, there is Roberta, Princes younger sister who loved
and was abandoned by Max, the man they all think is behind
the plan to kidnap Cindy. Max, while ecstatic about having
the opportunity to spend more time with the love of his
life Roberta, knows that the pain he caused her may
actually push her away for good when she discovers the
I have to say, ONCE UPON A TANGLED TALE is one goofy story
and with a large cast of characters, Brownyn Wolfe had her
work cut out for her. Creating her own version of BEAUTY
AND THE BEAST, THE ICE PRINCESS and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD,
mixed with a little bit of CINDERELLA, we as a reader end
up with a great story. The stories are broken out like an
anthology. Each set of heroes and heroines has their
own "story". Then there is a fourth "chapter", which brings
them all together in a kind-of family reunion of characters
as they confront the villain. So in this sense, the story
is laid out very well, but after reading the first story,
you have an idea of who the villain is. All three stories
could run concurrently if they had been combined by days or
something like this. I thought it would be a little more
interesting because you would find out what was happening
to each set of characters at the same time and find out
what's really going on. But it was a fun story!
Each story is very clean. No profanities and I almost
thought we were only going to get kisses between the
couples. The plots are kept straight so you don't get
confused with what is going on because the stories are
overlapping (but don't). So this was a great story. I was
laughing at Lilith, and crying with Roberta.
I wish there was more background on each of the characters,
because it seems like each story, including Cindy and
Prince should have their own longer tale. However, ONCE
UPON A TANGLED TALE was very enjoyable to read and I would
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 12, 2005
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 22, 2006