Last year during the initial months of the Covid quarantine, I discovered an author and series that I am enjoying quite a bit! I’ve always been a fan of Fairy Tales, even as a young reader. While living in Germany, I had the amazing experience of traveling with Grimm Fairy Tale route with my children to learn the rich history of the Grimm brothers and their unifying of the Fairy Tales of their country. They had the painstaking work of bringing the oral traditions and stories of their country’s heritage to one solid written text. This Grimm Fairy Tale journey gave me a new appreciate for the folklore genre!
K.M. Shea is the author of these books I have come to love. She has an entire series of Timeless Fairy Tales that are fun, whimsical, and well written. The first book I read in this series is her version of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is by far my favorite fairy tale story. Reading about a young woman who doesn’t think very highly of herself, is noble and willing to sacrifice herself for her loved one, is brave in the face of her intense fears, her personal growth and tenacity to overcome that fear and find worth beyond the mask of another…that all speaks to me!
In K.M. Shea’s Beauty and the Beast, I found a delightful set of intrigue, mystery, and of course romance. An illegitimate prince is cursed into the form of a beast. His servants are also cursed alongside him. The curse was intended to be fatal, but thanks to the work of an enchantress-in-training, the curse is curbed and deliverance is possible. He chooses to self isolate them all to keep them safe from those who would harm them for their cursedness. One night, a woman who has come to peak at the cursed prince falls through the window of a skylight, breaking her leg, ensuring that she becomes an unwanted guest in the isolated palace. It’s quite a fun fairy tale to read, I highly recommend starting here in her Fairy Tale series.
The real beauty of this series is their interwoven approach. They can be read out of order and by themselves, but they are obviously in countries that border each other and interact with each other. You catch a glimpse of the main characters in the other books. It’s truly a delightful series.
Timeless Fairy Tales
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Wild Swans
- Cinderella and the Colonel (this is my other fave in the series!)
- The Little Selkie
- Puss in Boots
- Swan Lake
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Frog Prince
- The Twelve Dancing Princesses
- Snow White