Review by Kayla
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms novella by Melanie Cellier
Princess Cordelia is used to being overshadowed by her many brothers and sisters. So when she’s offered the chance to attend her brother’s wedding in a faraway kingdom, she leaps at it. In Northhelm, she’ll finally have the chance to stand out. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll even find romance.
But not everything in the Northhelmian court is as it appears. With her brother distracted by the wedding, only Ferdinand, the ugliest man at court, will listen to Cordelia’s concerns. An observant princess and a strangely amphibious soldier may be the only thing standing between all Four Kingdoms and disaster.
Cordelia will have to overcome prejudice, deceit and danger if she wants to save the day and find romance at A Midwinter’s Wedding.
A Midwinter’s Wedding is a retelling of The Frog Prince, which is yet another interesting story. Although this fairy tale isn’t as popular as some others, it’s so unique in comparison. This retelling was put into an amazing, somewhat original perspective.
When Princess Cordelia is the only one out of all of her siblings sent to her brother, Rafe and Marie’s wedding (we met these characters in the previous book) she hopes to find true love at the palace.
Cordelia’s sister Celeste, who we also met in the very first book in the series, gives Cordelia a golden ball that she believes might be magic to find true love, and was given to Celeste from her godmother.
While Cordelia is overshadowed by her many siblings including Celeste, who was gorgeous, was not used to so much attention. But when she meets the rider on a chestnut horse with odd features, he doesn’t acknowledge her, only giving her a shocked expression, and then runs off. Disappointed, Cordelia quickly reminds herself it’s not that much of a surprise being ignored.
When staying at the Northgate palace, Cordelia notices something strange with help of her amazing hearing and excellent observation. But no one seems to believe her, not even the charming Prince William, Marie’s brother. But when she meets William’s close friend Ferdinand, he is the only one that will take her seriously. Later on, Cordelia investigates her suspicions and finds out incredulous information that could ruin the Four Kingdoms!
Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
*SPOILER ALERT! This next paragraph might be a spoiler for you if you don’t want to find out who Cordelia falls in love with!*
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars
One of the amazing things about Ferdy is that whenever there is a crisis, he always is smart and calm.
I still have more reviews coming on the rest of this series so make sure you check them out!
This is the Four Kingdoms reading order (I have reviews on all of the previous books in the series and an upcoming review on the next book which is the last!)
The Four Kingdoms series should be read in this order:
- The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Book One)
- The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two)
- Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella
- The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (Book Three)
- A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms Novella
- The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (Book Four)