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The Lady and the Wish

(Faraway Castle #4)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Gillian set her heart on marrying a prince.

Lady Gillian Montmorency is determined to win Prince Fidelio’s heart, but her plans are crashing around her ears. First, Fidelio’s older cousin with a beard like a bird’s nest proposes to her. Next, intimidating Prince Max insists she will be his next trophy.

But the worst of all, her parents reveal a financial scandal. To pay off
Published April 2019 by Rooglewood Press
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H.S.J. Williams
Mar 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
MK ( Makayla)

“You’ve got to be joking! I don’t know you from anybody and . . . and seriously? Never in a bazillion years would I marry a man with a beard like a giant birds nest!"

The Lady and the Wish is based on my absolute FAVORITE fairy tale King Thrushbeard !
When I discover a retelling of something I love I tend to go through two stages ;

1.) Clutching the book to my heart and crying tears of joy .😍
2.) After reality sets in pessimism and skepticism are close behind and I look at it suspiciously.😯 😒

Amber Stokes
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
I'm in love with this sweet, fun, utterly enjoyable series! I still need to catch up on the early books (I've started Ellie and the Prince, and then I need to read The Siren and the Scholar, which I'm looking forward to!). From what I have experienced, though, The Lady and the Wish is a fitting and yet unique addition the series.

Gillian's story starts off at the familiar Faraway Castle resort. But she and her father each make choices that take her far away from her family's vacation destination
Ariel Masters
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to even start with this book? I had to take a couple of days after reading to step away and think about this. Not because the book was horrid, but because it was AMAZING. Hands down, this is my favorite book in the entire Faraway Castle series. And yes, I've read them all.

The first thing I'll draw attention to is the cover. Let's face it; I'm a sucker for brilliant covers. Especially, good ones like what this book sports. I love it! Love it! After reading the book, I loved it even more.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The moment I heard that this was a King Thrushbeard retelling, I knew I HAD to read it. King Thrushbeard has been my favourite fairytale for a long time, and I have never read a retelling of it before.


I think one of the reasons fairytales have always particularly appealed to girls is that they are old legends that are mostly ALL ABOUT girls. Many old legends focus on male characters - King Arthur, Robin Hood - which is totally great and I love them a lot; but fairytales have
Tricia Mingerink
This book is so adorable! I knew it would be funny and sweet and perfect as the rest of the Faraway Castle series, and it didn't disappoint.

I was super excited for this book. Not only does it feature a fairy tale that isn't retold that often (King Thrushbeard), but the main girl in the book was the mean girl, almost villainess, in earlier books in this series. I was excited to see how the author brought Gillian from the spoiled, thoughtless, prince-pursuing girl she was in the first three books
Jenelle Hovde
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read this novel 😍. The first time I stayed up to midnight to finish it. The second time I read to savor the romance. Gillian and Manny have so much chemistry! Plenty of sparks fly :). Thrushbeard is a tricky fairytale, but this one is perfection. I loved how Gillian grew into her new role as a caretaker of an elderly lady. Manny is a dream, secretly in love with Gillian and holding back because he’s been burned before. The Lady is such a sweet, humorous read. 5💙
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible, but the series just keeps getting better and better. I adore The Little Siren; it's so bittersweet and the quirky love story is adorable. I'm obsessed with mermaids and Stengl told the story with such a neat twist that I fell in love. Then the Rose and the Briar took my childhood favorite, Sleeping Beauty, and put such a unique spin on the story. And we all know Briar has long been my favorite character. So, though I've come to absolutely love the Faraway Castle b ...more
Monica Cooper
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's magic, a dreamy male lead and some ups and downs for the main character Gillian and I loved it! I hadn't read or heard of the King Thrushbeard story before this book and I'm so glad! It made everything even more of a surprise. I've read the Siren and the Scholar (which I adored) and some of my favorite characters may have made an appearance in this book... Once I started reading The Lady and the Wish I couldn't stop until the end!
Lisa Dawn
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to J.M. Stengl's Advance Readers list, I had the privilege of being one of the first to read the latest addition to her Faraway Castle series, The Lady and the Wish. I believe this book will be available to the public next week, so my review will be just a bit early for those of you who are interested in reading it right away. Unlike the other three books in the series, which were based on popular fairy tales that have had many adaptations created, The Lady and the Wish is inspired by the ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Lady and the Wish
Faraway Castle #4
By J.M. Stengl

Lady Gillian Montmorency is determined to win a prince's heart. So far all her plans have gone awry but this year will be different - this year she won't lose to a maid or a mermaid - this year she'll win the heart of a prince. This year her target is Prince Fidelio - there is just one little problem people keep interfering with her plans. First, there is Fidelio's cousin, whose name escapes her thanks to that monstrosity of a bird's nest that
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
That cover, just wow! Gillian is such a brat when the story begins and I knew she would have to be humbled or the story wouldn't improve. Then Lord Tremont proposes to her and her rejection of that was the worst I've ever heard of. I remember the failed proposal Darcy does to Elizabeth and her response, she was at least NICE about it and Darcy was offended by her, Gillian definitely takes the cake here!

I realize this is the point of the story, but I didn't like Gillian's family at all. However t
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a precious story! The stereotypical snobby, entitled brat receives three dimensions in Gillian, the protagonist of this beautiful retelling of King Thrushbeard.

Even though I'd read the previous books in the series and knew full well how shallow and self-centered Gillian was, I found no small amount of little reasons to sympathize with her almost from the start of this book. It probably helped that, being familiar with the original fairytale, I knew she was in for a heaping dose of Humble Pi
Be still my heart ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ this story is pure magic with the dash of fun and exciting mystery!

There’s very enjoyable character growth of the heroine, growing friendships and relationships and wonderfully tantalising romance. I really loved the added interest and excitement with the daily wish granting. This is a really great King Thrushbeard retelling, very well written. I was torn in two – I couldn’t read it fast enough, but also wanted to read it at a snail’s pace to savour each word and to st
(received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.) Yay, another King Thrushbeard retelling! While this does read like the fable at times (even being cheesy at points) the creativity here is astounding, not to mention the little details. An Italian villa, a cranky grandmother, magic creatures, statues coming to life, ghosts! It was an utterly charming book.
Beyond the beautiful details, though, there were a few things that irked me. Gillian really did grow in this book, but I feel that i
Amy Fields
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't see too many retellings of Thrushbeard which makes this a unique story to begin with. Gillian (who has made previous appearance) is spoiled and self centered. At least on the surface. But like all tales looks can be deceiving. Despite the "mean girl" reputation Stengl's characters have multiple layers and depth to them.

From hundreds of poodles to a flirting statue the story moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged. With wishes that often led to mass chaos my son and I couldn't get eno
Rosanne Lortz
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gillian is a spoiled brat who has her heart set on marrying royalty. But when her father reveals an embarrassing debt to another aristocratic family, Gillian is forced to leave her life of glitz, glamor, and social media braggadocio to work as companion to an old lady at a remote villa. The temperamental dowager seems to be going senile, but why is it that the strange wishes she makes keep coming true? With the help of a down-to-earth construction worker named Manny, Gillian corrals ghosts at fa ...more
Kathryn McConaughy
I loved this book so much!
Lady Gillian is a spoiled, selfish, social-media maven who has wandered through several of the previous books in search of a handsome royal husband. When she receives a proposal of marriage from a random guy with a crazy-looking beard, she turns him down cold. Unfortunately, it turns out that her father is seriously in debt to Crazy-Beard-Guy’s family and that her father had offered her in marriage to the guy as payment without bothering to tell her. But she’s not off t
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Thrushbeard fairytale retelling I have read. This book is charming. Lady Gillian, the "mean girl" of previous books in this series, gets her own story. At first, her stuck-up, me-first attitude was unpleasant, but as she is thrust into unusual circumstances it is fun to watch her grow as a person. That sounds like it should be a standard mean girl learns to think of others story, but this story is definitely not "standard." Once the author tosses in a heavy dose of magic wishes ...more
Kim  Gregory
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this story from J M Stengl and was so pleased to be able to go on with this wonderful series.

This story is about one of my least favorite characters, Gillian. She's the snooty rich girl who is often putting others down and thinking rather highly of herself.

Well, in this story, at the beginning of this story, Gillian is Gillian. But as the story progresses we see a change in her and her attitude towards others. She ends up becoming the companion to someone who is just l
Amber  Christiansen
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've read the other books in this series, then you will probably be skeptical about the likelihood of enjoying reading from Lady Gillian's point of view, given how horrible she's been to everyone. I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that her experience in this book turns her world upside down and makes her need to look at who she is and who she wants to be. This book was full of exciting events and magic. There were plenty of characters from the previous books that were fun to se ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, retellings
This might be my favorite book in this series. I didn't initially realize it would be a King Thrushbeard retelling, but when I realized, the protag was perfectly cast. She was spoiled, immature, unlikable... the epitome of a Thrushbeard Princess! The proposal decline, the locale of the "character growing" situation, Manny, and so many other details were masterfully crafted. So many moments that made me laugh; some that made me teary. I was rooting for Gillian within the first quarter of the book ...more
Karen Martin
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was unexpectedly amazing. When I say unexpected, it’s not because I don’t love J M Stengl as an author and know she’s writes wonderful stories, but because the main character is, well, the bad girl in her previous tales, and I found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed reading her tale. Her character arc is one of the most intriguing, surprising, and naturally flowing character changes I’ve read, and that’s taking out the fun of wishes that come to life, creating all sorts of mayhem ...more
Nicole Pulver
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fairy tale retelling! Jillian is not a likable character at the beginning of the book, be patient with her, she does get better! In fact watching her grow and develop into a good person is part of the fun of this book. She has to work as a lady's maid to a cranky, and forgetful elderly woman who makes her life difficult and an adventure. This book is a great getaway that is funny, full of adventure, magic, and clean sweet romance. I couldn't put it down and stayed up too late readin ...more
Katie Braun
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved every book in the Faraway Castle series for their unique take on classics fairytales, vivid storytelling, and interesting, but believable characters. The Lady and the Wish is no different and I have to say I think it’s even better than the others! I’m really impressed by the character growth in this book! Gillian is a pretty despised character so far in this series so I was interested to see how Ms. Stengl would make me like her. She pulled it off! I’m looking forward to more from thi ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily posting my review. 

I was excited to read about "mean girl" Gillian, but what I didn't realize until I started reading is that Gillian's story is based on King Thrushbeard. Retelling King Thrushbeard is risky, but Stengl excells at this sweet reimagining of a rather cringeworthy tale. She handles it with plenty of class, magic, humor, character growth, and romance.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Another wonderful addition to the Faraway Castle series. I'm debating whether this book or The Rose and the Briar is the best so far.
This was a fun read overall and lovely redemption story. Here we get a chance to see what makes the only-pretty-on-the-outside Lady Gillian tick and what happens when she's forced to see more than herself. Solid storytelling and engaging plot. I'll be adding this to my reread pile.

I did receive an ARC; all opinions expressed here are my own.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is my new favorite in the series. I loved the creativity of the wishes and the whole idea of a cranky old woman having wishes granted when she pleases, for better or worse. I adored the statues!! I enjoyed seeing the gradual character growth for Gillian, having been affected by her family into being like them. I like to think the love interest was able to see beyond her facade, it just took Gillian having to move past her pride to see it too.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an ARC of this fun story, and I’m so glad I did! Possibly my favorite of Ms. Stengl’s fun series so far.

Gillian is literally the WORST, but her growth throughout this story felt very natural and real. There are some truly absurd situations thrown at her (one hundred poodles! A statue who falls in love with her!), which of course I LOVE.

The characters are flawed and believable, the romance is sweet, and the world of Faraway Castle is, as always, charming.
Sara Ann
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was nervous, but it turned out wonderfully!

I read the others in the series first, and I was a bit sceptical when I saw that Gillian was the heroine in this novel. I know this is an odd statement, but I was so proud of the turnaround she made! It took a lot to get through to her, and Lady B had some issues to overcome as well, but they made it to a fantastic happy ending!
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Faraway Castle (4 books)
  • Ellie and the Prince (Faraway Castle, #1)
  • The Siren and the Scholar (Faraway Castle, #2)
  • The Rose and the Briar (Faraway Castle, #3)