Ten-year-old Violet has spent her entire life locked in a castle tower. Trapped there by a wicked queen, she and her mother, Nuri, have lived in a small room aided by two kindly servants. They pass the time imagining they are pirates on grand adventures, never losing hope that Violet’s father will someday rescue them.

Unfortunately, Queen Bogdana has plans for the girl. In reality she is a witch, but cannot hide her ugliness. She needs the feather of a hummingbird and a strand of hair from an eleven-year-old girl with lavender eyes for her beauty spell. As Violet’s birthday approaches, the queen knows her chance is near at hand. She decides to train Violet to be a princess, assuming that this new life of ease will appeal to the child. What she does not count on is the strength of Violet’s love for her mother and her own freedom.

Lisa Schroeder’s sweet fairy tale should appeal to young princess story lovers. While the writing and plot is relatively simple, the story’s theme is significant. Too often modern culture places a high value on physical appearance. Violet is a refreshing heroine who thinks so little of her beauty that she is willing to sacrifice it for the people she loves.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...