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Rum Paul Stillskin

(Fairy Tales Retold)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Abandoned as an infant at the edge of Dartmoor, Rum Paul Stillskin does not know his true name or parentage, but it's clear he's not completely human. The old man who raises him calls him evil. The village children, who throw stones, whisper the word faery. Shunned by all, he finds comfort in his rude, native magic, and tells himself he doesn't need love. Until he meets Ma ...more
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published May 27th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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All his life, Rum Paul Stillskin wonders where he fits it. Abandoned when he was a baby and taken in by a woman who loves him and her husband who despises him, Rum feels isolated. The whole village scorns him, going so far as to throw stones. Sure, he may be different from the rest of them, but he has feelings too. Rum throws up walls around his heart and convinces himself he doesn’t need love but all that comes crashing down when a wild beauty named Mallie befriends him. As they grow older, the ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun story - deftly written. It turns the traditional folk tale on its head and makes us see all the familiar characters in a whole new light. I loved the ending.
D.V. Stone
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rum Paul Stillskin by Laura Strickland a view from the other side

The opening sets up an immediate conflict. A not fully human boy ends up in the hands of a woman who loves him as much as she is allowed and a man who despises but suffers his presence for the woman’s sake. The questions arise of nature vs. nurture and fall somewhere between both. One of my favorite retelling of a fairytale is Maleficent. Is she good? Is she bad? What happens to a person, and what drives them to be who they are?

Sandra Dailey
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really busy, getting ready to host a family get-together, the day I opened this book. My intention was two read a chapter or two between chores. That didn’t last long. Once started, I couldn’t put the book down.
This author has a talent for plot twists. Also, her way with words is outstanding. She truly takes you into another world, in another time. She leaves no stone unturned, described, and fully explained. If you think that sounds boring you couldn’t be more wrong. This is edge-of-your-
Henry Lazarus
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Laura Strickland has a must read for those who like adult versions classic fairy tales. Rum Paul Stillskin ( ebook from The Wild Rose Press, Inc) was found abandoned under a cabbage leaf by the Stillskins, the father earning a living with a still. As he grows, it is obvious he is not quite human and the locals don’t react well. But he falls in love with Mallie Goodman, a farmers daughter. When she dies young, she promises to return. Rum is devastated, but, being half-fairy he doesn’t age. Two ce ...more
Colleen L.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This might be my most favorite of all Laura Strickland's books, though every single one has more than satisfied me. Her hero, Rum Paul, is the epitome of a rejected soul. Harsh to read, but so well written I could feel his agony. I rode with this character from the pits to the heights, from solitude to love, and the black moment where all seemed lost. So very well written! Laura has a way with words that brings the reader to immediate engagement with Rum Paul, and in my case, has kept him with m ...more
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Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. She has made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, but is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Author of Scottish romances Devil Black, His Wick ...more

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