The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt

The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Have you ever wondered what happens to the other people in the fairy tale?

Things look grim for Talia and her mother. By royal proclamation, the constables and those annoying “good” fairies have taken away their livelihood by confiscating their spinning wheel. Something to do with a curse on the princess, they said.

Not every young lady has a fairy godmother rushing to her rescue.

Without the promise of an income from spinning, Talia’s prospects for marriage disappear, and she and her mother face destitution. Past caring about breaking an arbitrary and cruel law, rebellious Talia determines to build a new spinning wheel, the only one in the nation—which plays right into the evil fairy’s diabolical plan. Talia discovers that finding a happy ending requires sacrifice. But is it a sacrifice she’s willing to make?

The Sevenfold spell is a spin on the sleeping beauty fairytale.  You have a princess that has an evil spell placed on her, prince charming that is supposed to break the spell, and fairy godmothers to try and protect the princess.

 Talia and her mother don’t know what they are going to do now that they had to give up their spinning wheel like everyone else because of the evil curse on the princess.  She was upset that she and Willard were no longer able to get married.  You see, she was a plain girl with warts on her face.  Willard was the only one that saw the true beauty within her.  She knew her prospects for marriage were few and far between so she resigned herself to be a spinster and alone the rest of her life.  She tried to have a baby with Willard before he joined the monastery but was devastated to learn she was barren.

Talia and her mother dealt with many trials and tribulations.  She became friends with the tavern owner ,Widow Harla and had affairs with several men in town, including the wainwright, Master Caleb.  She couldn’t have any children of her own but was allowed to help care for a neighbors goddaughter.  Rose was taken away abruptly and Talia didn’t see her again until many years later, which devastated her.  Later, she became very ill with consumption.  She always wondered what had become of Willard and never forgot him.

Talia was rewarded for the choices she made that fateful day.  She was overwhelmed with the wishes the fairy godmother’s granted her.  She was determined that she would find Willard and buy his freedom from the monastery.  In the end, Talia used her good fortune to pay if forward to help others.  Oh yeah, the other story, the prince and princess lived happily ever after, or did they?

Talia had to deal with so much heartache but I think that was what made her such a strong person.  She was determined not to let her situation get the best of her.  She was ahead of her time when it came to how she viewed her relationship with the men.  It was frowned upon during her time for an unmarried woman to have an affair with a man. 

I didn’t really like Willard’s character at the beginning but wow, what a man he turned into.  Who wouldn’t want a man that is willing to give up everything and everyone just for you.  Talia is a very strong, independent woman and she definitely needed for her man to be just as strong.  I think in the end they are well matched.  The story flowed very nicely with the passage of time without having too much or too little information.  The twist to the fairy tale was a very nice surprise, I’ve grown up watching all the Disney movies and Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorites.

Overall I give The Sevenfold Spell 3 1/2 Flaming Hearts. 

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