Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil — Charlotte Henley Babb
Maven is a middle-aged, out-of-work teacher pawning the last of her CDs to fill her beater of a car with enough gas to get her to the next job interview. Her life seemed to be on a one way track to flipping burgers or homelessness when Fairy Godmother Superior Fiona shows up offering Maven the deal of a lifetime: to be a fairy godmother.
Since Mundane, as the world of reality is called, holds little for Maven she accepts the offer. Led by her very strong intuition, referred to as The Bump, Maven begins to learn the tricks of the trade while marching to the beat of her own drum. Maven’s method of answering wishes proves to be a bit too unconventional for Fiona’s liking, however, and lands Maven in a world of trouble. But it’s nothing the clumsy, yet good-humored and wily Maven can’t handle.
While the young and beautiful heroine will forever be a timeless element of fiction, a middle-aged heroine proved to be quite refreshing. Fantasy-fiction is a genre that is often fraught with young heroic lads and lasses who fight the big evil and fall in love at the end of the day. So reading Maven’s tale was a nice detour into a different sort of take on fairy tales and fiction.
Maven not only offers a fresh story, but the character is well-developed and thoroughly flawed. Yet she manages to find her way out of the worst situations based on her life experiences as well as her generally well-evolved sense of self. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, nor does she allow Fiona’s strict adherence to fairy tale story lines get in the way of bringing a unique twist to old tales. Meanwhile, her fellow godmother-in-training Tulip brings an added complexity to the scheme of the story by finding her own troubles with an added element of romance.
When I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance since it’s right up my alley being the fairy tale addict that I am. I was pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness of this tale and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good old-fashioned fairy tale, appreciates new fairy tales and can relate to an aging woman given a second chance to make dreams come true. You can get the Kindle edition for $5.95 on Amazon.
Don’t forget to read my Q&A with Charlotte Henley Babb, author of Maven Fairy Godmother.