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Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
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Sep 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

Do you enjoy books with a dash of romance, a sprinkling of fantasy and chapters chock-full of fiction? Then, Once Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris, is right for you, if you don’t enjoy fiction stay far away from this book, because it has everything from trolls to tooth fairies, in it. When Ed, a simple forest troll finds and takes in as he puts it ”an angelic little boy with the heart of a weasel.” named Christian, he doesn’t want him at first but then grows used to him.
As Christian grows up he starts to observe King Swithbert’s castle across the river, and one day by innocent p-mail (short for pigeon mail) begins a friendship with Princess Marigold. As Christian and Marigold’s friendship begins to grow, so does Christian’s desire to see the world. He takes a job at the castle in hope of seeing Marigold, and discovers why Marigold is not touched by anyone, except by old King Swithbert, her father.
While on an errand in the castle, Christian discovers Queen Olympia’s plot against Marigold and King Swithbert. Christian is deemed a traitor and locked up in the dungeon, after Rollo, head of the castle guards, sees him sending a p-mail to Ed. Soon enough, soldiers search Ed’s cave and think that there is a plan to invade the castle, because Ed tends to collect things like clothes in the forest on his rambles. Ed joins Christian in the dungeon, along with Marigold. Marigold joins them, because she refuses to marry any of her suitors and Queen Olympia doesn’t want her to run away before the wedding.
I won’t give away the ending, but some people live happily ever after and some don’t. I enjoyed this book a lot because it has a little it of romance, fantasy, adventure,
basically, everything, but the kitchen sink. This book made me laugh as Christian grew up and at the detailed descriptions of his various experiments, some successful, others not so much.
Will Olympia’s evil plot win out? Will Marigold, Christian and Ed, escape the dungeon? If you enjoy adventure, romance and the escapades of a couple (or more) dogs then I highly recommend this book to you.

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