Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Pathways by Camille Peters {Review}

Pathways(Kingdom Chronicles #1) by Camille Peters
ebook, 312 pages
Published February 4th 2019 by Rosewood Publications 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father's abandonment, she's vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.

One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest's pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom's Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen's heart, the one thing she's vowed never to give.

Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea” and "Rumpelstiltskin"

My Review: 5 Stars

First off, this is one of the most beautiful covers that I've seen and it reflects the contents of this book perfectly. Secondly, I loved this story! Loosely based on The Princess and the Pea and Rumpelstiltskin, this charming tale captivated me from the first page.

Eileen and her love for the forest and its ever changing pathways was so intriguing, especially when she met a mysterious stranger. Can you imagine the paths changing each time you entered? Forests are so peaceful, yet there's always a looming hint of magic and menace, especially in the dark shadows. The draw to Aiden, who turns out to be the unfamiliar man, was hard for Eileen to resist and when she finds herself at a castle, competing as a "princess" to be the Dark Prince's bride, the tale takes an interesting twist in a deliberate case of mistaken identity.

I loved the competition and the way it allowed for Eileen to grow and let go of her past grievances. The way her friendship/relationship develops with Aiden is so sweet, tender, and bewildering, and their bond is undeniable. Sometimes those invisible threads of connection is all it takes for me to swoon and cheer a couple on.

This first offering by this author is stellar and I can't wait to read more of this fairy tale series.

Content: mild romance; mild violence

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