A witch, a pirate, a lighthouse, and... seaweed? Molly Storm is a short story inspired by the tale of Rapunzel.
“You and I, lass, we’re both sides of the same coin. We’re both the heart of the ocean, but you’re more the kindness and goodness. I’m the storms that crush ships. Don’t cross me, Molly. I’ll crush all the sweetness out of you.”
So, let's get into those reasons, shall we?
1. It's Rapunzel in a LIGHTHOUSE. This had been my one, major request when it came to the Golden Braids - I needed a Rapunzel in a lighthouse. And Annie delivered with the sweetest, most heart-tugging story you've ever read.
2. Molly Storm is the witch. She's not the villain. She's a woman caught by superstition, and she's trying to do the right thing.
3. Disability rep! Ulva, the Rapunzel character, actually has Downs Syndrome, which is why her parents were so willing to give her up. One of the dearest girls I know IRL is Downs, and a family friend has a Downs son, so these children are incredibly are incredibly special to me, and I love seeing one in such a beautiful fairy tale.
4. Mattao is the sweetest. He's the "prince" character, and also the son of the real villain - the pirate king, and he's an adorable little boy and a dashing hero in turn.
5. Tug my heartstrings why don't you, but that ending! Absolutely gorgeous and gold. It's a short tale, and though I'd have liked it to be longer, it's absolutely beautiful for what it is.
So don't hesitate. Get thyself over to Amazon, and get this book.
Annie Louise Twitchell is a homeschool graduate who is obsessed with dragons and fairy tales. She enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and many forms of art. When she's not writing, she can often be found reading out loud to her cat, rabbit, and houseplants, or wandering barefoot in the area around her Western Maine home.
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