Basically, “Once Upon a Marigold” is the story of an orphan adopted by a troll. Having grown up with his adoptive father for all his life, young Christian, the orphan, longs to have more association with other humans. He starts p-mailing Princess Marigold, across the river. Yes that‘s p-mail, short for pigeon mail, not email. A romance buds, although Christian knows that he could never really be with Princess Marigold. Eventually, though, he finds employment at the castle. He’s now closer to Princess Marigold, but he’s now painfully aware of Princess Marigold’s mother’s attempts to marry her off. Eventually he uncovers a desperate plot and a trail of deception by Marigold’s mother, the Queen. The book ends in a classic grand finale that includes dog-powered flight and, you guessed it, a marriage.
At any rate, the book, although obviously for the young teen audience, is a pleasant read.
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