"He thinks "reubenesque" is best enchantment"
Kate Carmichael no longer believes in magic after her
father left on a quest for fairy gold twelve years ago. Now
her guardian died with no will, Kate Carmichael found the
house goes to Adam, who plans to toss her out and sell the
home. Kate returns home to talk to the portrait that she
has used as a confident for the last twelve years. While
searching for the will, Kate takes the picture off the wall
and sees an inscription on the back. When she reads it,
suddenly Robin Goodfellow leaves the portrait and appears
next to her. He convinces her that the fairy queen Titania
trapped him, the son of Fae King Oberon, inside the
portrait for two centuries.
However, Robin quickly learns that he is not completely
free, but remains bound to his rescuer Kate. Each time he
ventures beyond 50 feet, he finds himself back by her side.
This little quirk brings humor throughout the story! Having
no choice but to stick together, they promise to help each
other. Kate will help Robin find a way to free himself and
Robin will help Kate search for the will.
Robin and Kate like each other, and after being friends for
years [albeit most the time in picture form], they discover
they love each other. Robin keeps trying to get Kate to
trust him and trust herself. Robin courts her and shows her
that she is beautiful just the way she is -- "reubenesque."
This is a sweet but action packed book and Ms. Fox keeps
you guessing about possible endings. You will not want to
put it down until you reach the end. I look forward to the
next book of hers about the fae [fairy] folk... BUTTERCUP
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 15, 2002