The Peddler’s Reward by Carrie Anne Noble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Two fun tales
The first story reminded me of “Caravan” by Dorothy Gilman but it was fleshed out more than the two chapters on the subject by Dorothy. The second story was familiar but I can’t place it. I feel like I’ve been around a campfire listening to folk stories and that may well have been the author’s intent.
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Spending the winter in Florida with a group of rowdy horse trainers and performers ought to be fun for seventeen-year-old peddler O’Neill. But when he and his ailing guardian Scarff park their wagon with the Gaskins, things go downhill fast. Scarff is growing sicker by the day, and if that isn’t bad enough, O’Neill soon finds himself unwittingly engaged to the Gaskin king’s daughter—a dangerous girl who doesn’t care one fig that he’s already devoted to another.
With Scarff in dire need of a rare swampland remedy, O’Neill plunges into the magic-tainted Floridian wilds with three goals in mind: to rescue the runaway Gaskin princess, to obtain the cure for the only father he’s ever known, and to remain alive so he can return north to his true love.
What could possibly go wrong in an enchanted swamp?
In O’Neill AND THE GRIGGIN, O’Neill discovers what he thinks is a baby left in the woods to die. Bound by magic to care for the feisty faerie creature until he locates its mother, he faces more perils and pitfalls than the average young papa. Can he survive a week of parenting a shape-shifting griggin, or will the wee beast’s insatiable appetite and hot temper do him in?
Revisit (or meet for the first time) the beloved characters of Scarff, O’Neill, and others from THE MERMAID’S SISTER in this pair of adventure-filled stories by Carrie Anne Noble, set during the timeline of the beloved original novel.
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