Book: A Christmas Sleeping Beauty by Lindsay Townsendcategories: Book, Sleeping Beauty, Christmas, Fable, Novella, Humour, Hot Chocolate, Fairy Tale, Historical Romance
Lindsay Townsendabout this book: I enjoy reading fairy tales and legends and giving them a different take in my own novels and fiction. I explored the theme of Beauty and the Beast in my medieval historical romance, 'The Snow Bride,' and I looked at the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty for my historical fable, 'A Christmas Sleeping Beauty'.
My idea was simple - what would the prince do if the sleeping princess did not wake up, as the legend said she should, when he kissed her?
I wanted my prince to have to learn a little. Orlando is a young, vigorous rather arrogant young man who has never really had to work at anything, or even to think for himself. He's a prince - heir to a kingdom, handsome, blond, tall and with a huge sense of entitlement. Through my story he has to discover kindness, empathy and a different kind of courage.
I wanted Rosie, my sleeping princess, to be a character in her own right. In the Sleeping Beauty legend she is a princess, beautiful and asleep. But who is she? What are her fears and goals, what does she want? I give her a voice through her letters to her unknown rescurer. I make her active through her dreams.
I made the story a fable because that seemed most appropriate. I also added threat through a ticking clock element. Orlando has to break the enchantment that keeps Rosie asleep in three days, or he will lose her.
Setting this at Christmas, the darkest and at the same time most magical time of the year, was natural.
Because it is a fable, I was also able to include hot chocolate!
A Christmas Sleeping Beauty is an old standard with a very surprising twist. Lindsay Townsend has created a prince with a lot to learn about spells and the sleeping beauty, Princess Rosie. Two Lips Reviews.
This is a new take on Sleeping Beauty and great fun for Christmas. Enjoy this tale of morality and love. - Five red roses. Red Roses For Authors.
I enjoyed Prince Orlando, his willingness to do what he needed-and wanted- to do to wake A Christmas Sleeping Beauty. His thoughts made me laugh. Sizzling Hot Books.
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