Review: The Fairy Folk and She: A Tale of Friendship and Love by Mary-Anne Grosse Ivie


Through the Petrified Forest, into the dark cave and up past the Black Pool is a land called Tranquility. In a wondrous and enchanted land where the fairy folk live, a young woman—whose mother is the old woman who lives in a shoe—finds the virtues she learned at home to be very handy. She arrives in Tranquility to be a witch’s maid, innocent and inexperienced. In time, both the fairy folk and the young woman discover that she is destined to be a part of the struggle between good and evil in the fairy world that erupts shortly after her arrival. Elves and witches, sorcerers and warlocks, pixies and sorceresses—all will come into Lisa’s life and she into theirs; some to their good, some to their destruction. In Tranquility and its neighboring lands, honesty, loyalty, truth and goodness are rewarded happily, dare it be said, ever after.

Once in a while my husband will tell our children a bedtime story. A story he has made up full of adventure and magical creatures. A story that my children look forward to and beg him to tell. This book reminded me of the bedtime tales my children love.

While reading I could picture a mother or grandmother gathering her children or grandchildren around her to tell an engaging, heartfelt, wholesome, fun bedtime story.

The Fairy Folk and She is author Mary-Anne Grosse Ivie‘s first book. The tale begins:

Once upon a time there was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn’t know what to do…

From there Mary-Anne tells an original and imaginative tale. The old woman is unable to care for all her children so she turns to the Razzlewitch for help. Her oldest daughter Lisa agrees to live as Razzlewitch’s servant to save her family from starvation.

What follows is a coming of age story as Lisa learns that she has unknown powers and strength to lead out in a battle of good verses evil.

This is an enjoyable story for the young and young at heart. The book does read a little like a bedtime story instead of a polished manuscript. Since I am one who reads for story and pleasure I was able to enjoy this delightful story.

Content: A Clean Read

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From Author for Review