Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3) – Alethea Kontis

Dearest
Following Enchanted and Hero, this third installment of the Woodcutter sisters books is about Friday (the sweet, good, selfless and caring seamstress). Borrowing from fairy tales such as “The Wild Swans”, “The Goose Girl”, and “Peter Pan” this is a delightful mix of stories that allow Friday to shine.

Recall the rhyme:

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is blithe and bonny and good and gay.

The story runs parallel to Hero, explaining what happens after Saturday calls the ocean and goes off adventuring. Friday is helping sort out those displaced refugees and stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers, who happen to be enchanted so they turn into swans during the day. She is determined to help their sister, Elisa, free the brothers from their curse.

Loved:

  • Fairy-tale mash-ups.
  • Friday, although kind and sweet, was easier to relate to than I anticipated. I had thought in her goodness that she didn’t have much of a personality, but she does! She was also a stronger character than I would have predicted.
  • Sibling interactions – Tristan and his brothers are so fun!

Meh:

  • Insta-love – annoying but understandable given the fairy-tale context.  I also love that it’s not all
  • Tristan was at times sort of flat and annoying.
  • Sunday is still my favourite sister, and while I liked Friday I found her less engaging than Sunday.
  • Sometimes I feel like the story jumps without explanation – particularly during action scenes. I’m often like “what just happened exactly?”

All told I give this 4/5.  I’m excited to read the rest of the series.

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