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The Heroines by Eileen Favorite
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Sep 15, 2010

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bookshelves: fantasy, family, young-adult
Read from September 14 to 15, 2010

recommended at the end of a Sookie Stackhouse recorded book... sounded interesting...

Penny - age 13 and Anne-Marie - her mother... live in her family home, somewhat secluded from town, near a woodsy area... running a bed & breakfast... and one where the heroines of stories come for various lengths of time for rest - Hester, Scarlet, Madame Bevary, Catherine, Rupunzel, etc...

Her mother lives by a fairly strict rule of non-interference.. .they come to the inn at a crisis point in their story, and Anne-Marie simply cares for them, giving them tea, a warm bed, an understanding ear.. but she does not attempt to help the avoid the tragedies of their stories...

and at 13, Penny is fed up... she is a 'late bloomer' and she feels her mom is more involved with the heroines that she is with her, putting their needs above hers... and when she is made to give up her room for an undetermined length of time for a medievil princess, she rebelliously leaves the house at night to explore in the woods... where she meets up with the medievil king who claims the princess, but is denied access on to the grounds... although his behavior is a combination of terrifying and gentle, she negotiates for her freedom by promising to get the princess to come beyond the barrier...

but when she returns home, her mother who was fearful for her had called in the cops, and when she says she met up with a man in the woods, the cops insist she go to emergency for a rape kit exam... and the doctor on call decides she should spend some time in the psych ward, and her mother allows it... hmmmm she is drugged, she tells some of the stories of the heroines, which doesn't do her well, .. and she uses her friend to contact the king to come rescue her (after a month)... and the king decides not to have sex with her because she hasn't started menstruating hmmmmm, an interesting honor... and her mother brings out the princess to trade for her... and the policeman who originally responded has developed a relationship with her mother, and helps to keep her out of the psych ward... and ... there is peace...

In the end we find out that Penny's (who was born out of wedlock)father was Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)...hmmmm...

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