#Review: Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin’s Name – Bonnie M. Hennessy
Though she often detests the fact that she must do everything to make sure her family gets by, Aiofe has never complained about the cards life has dealt her. Every day, she makes sure her father gets home after a boisterious night. She also makes sure her little sister has everything she needs, hoping she’ll get better as each day goes by.
An unexpected twist of fate soon puts her in the Duke’s path, as well as that of a wicked little man. Deep inside, she wishes she could change the circumstances that now surround her. If she’s to do just that, she must discover the dark secrets of a past that has never belonged to her. The question is, how far is she willing to go to find exactly what she’s looking for?
A wonderful twist on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, the author vividly paints a tale that captures the reader’s attention with every turn of the page. We find ourselves immersed in Aiofe’s plight as she tries to assert herself in each of the situations she finds herself in. This is a girl who’s making do with everything she comes across. Her life hasn’t been easy. Sadly, the cycle continues until she’s finally able to break it.
I love the way the author has given Rumpelstiltskin a softer side. We all know the stories surrounding this wicked little man. How he deceives people into giving him what he wants whenever possible. In Twisted, we learn about the circumstances that have made this little man who and what he is. Yes, he becomes something no one ever expected, but he’s only following what he believes is a righteous, though quite twisted, sense of justice.
A truly engrossing read, Twisted is a bittersweet tale that gets under your skin and makes you think. You can’t help but feel for the characters as they try to make sense of the world around them. A tale as old as time, this is one you’ll definitely want to read time and again. I truly recommend it.
An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.
The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.
With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.
Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.
This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.
Not until Aoife came along.
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About The Author:
Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.
Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.
Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.