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The Princess and the Goblin

Ever since I heard this story as a little girl, I was captivated. George MacDonald has a way of telling fairytales/ fantasy stories in a way that connects with a very human experience. The young princess in the story is a curious and naive sort, which drives her to meet and trust many different characters,Continue reading “The Princess and the Goblin”

Land in the Woods Author Reading

I wanted to share my author reading of the first chapter of my new children fantasy novel, The Land in the Woods. You can pass this along to a child you think might enjoy it- the book is for ages 9-12. Here’s the blurb: You never know what adventure is waiting for you in theContinue reading “Land in the Woods Author Reading”

The Shadows by George MacDonald

This is one of George MacDonald’s stranger tales. It is a fairytale of sorts, but also reads a little like a ghost story. Throughout the story, I was trying to guess what the shadows were. The tricky thing is, not even the shadows seemed to know that. The King of Fairyland Meets the Shadows TheContinue reading “The Shadows by George MacDonald”

What I’m Reading

I’ll blog on some of these books down the road, but I thought I’d share what I’m reading right now and my initial thoughts on these books. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget Lysa Terkeurst This New York Times bestseller stuck out to me because of its title. So often we’re told to forgive and forget,Continue reading “What I’m Reading”

Undine By Friedrich de la Motte Fouque

Though it has been likened to the Little Mermaid, the stakes in Undine’s premise are much higher. She is not just looking for a man she fell in love with; she needs a soul.

Annals of A Quiet Neighborhood

Annals of A Quiet Neighborhood seems like it is the closest to autobiography as anything of MacDonald’s I’ve read. As you get into the story, you discover that many of these characters have dramatic and scandalous backstories, but all of them are in need of one thing: redemption.

The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A “Prodigal Son” Story of Sorts

(click the image to view on Amazon/ grab your own copy!) As one of my longtime favorite children’s stories by George MacDonald, this one always hits home for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I found this story to be rich and engaging. One of my older sisters shared with me that sheContinue reading “The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A “Prodigal Son” Story of Sorts”

The Luck of the Scottish in George MacDonald’s The Golden Key

The End of the Rainbow In Irish folklore, especially of the Lucky Charms variety 😉 , there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this charming, aesthetically pleasing Scottish tale, MacDonald has his characters follow the rainbow to find a golden key instead. In this story, MacDonald plays with ideasContinue reading “The Luck of the Scottish in George MacDonald’s The Golden Key”

Cross Purposes

Background I wasn’t familiar with the term, “cross purposes” before reading this small, fun fairytale. According to Merriam-Webster, they are, “purposes usually unintentionally contrary to another purpose of oneself or of someone or something else.” See if you can spot any of these in this delightful tale! On an authorial/ historical note, I found itContinue reading “Cross Purposes”

The Dark Side of Light in MacDonald’s The Light Princess

Replete with metaphor and symbolism, word-play and charming innocence, George MacDonald’s The Light Princess is always a treat to re-read. My favorite types of books to read are ones with layers of meaning, which still retain their aesthetic appeal. As I re-read this classic children’s fantasy, I admired the depth and imagination MacDonald brought toContinue reading “The Dark Side of Light in MacDonald’s The Light Princess”