The exciting conclusion to The Princesses of Westfalin trilogy!
Princess Petunia has been kidnapped! Except...it was really more like an accident. Oliver, the leader of a band of thieves known as the Wolves of the Westfalin Woods, didn't mean to do it. And now he must make things right. He will confess to the king and deliver the princess to the grand duchess's estate.
But Petunia's safety is far from secured. As children, she and her eleven sisters had been cursed to dance endlessly at the midnight ball of the fearsome King Under Stone. Troubling dreams of the ball are once again haunting Petunia, and she can't be sure they are mere nightmares. When she and her sisters fall into a carefully laid trap, who but a handsome woodsman can save the day?
Jessica Day George's romantic and adventurous new tale is part Little Red Riding Hood, part Twelve Dancing Princesses, and wholly enchanting.
Why I Wrote It
As I started writing Princess of Glass, I found myself longing to get back to a story where Galen and Rose might have larger roles again. I wanted readers to get to know Heinrich as well, and of course I loved writing about the other sisters as well. Princess of Glass was very much Poppy's story, and I enjoyed writing it, but I swore if I did another princess book I would bring all the girls back together, and Galen and Heinrich, too. I found myself laying the groundwork for this as Princess of Glass developed: more and more hints that all was not well at home, and that the Kingdom Under Stone was not as secure a prison as they had thought. The idea of what their lives would be like ten years after the curse ended also fascinated me. What would their "happily ever after" be like?
But as much as these ideas intrigued me, they did not a book make. It was over a year after Princess of Glass was finished that I was in the shower and suddenly thought: I've done the oldest sister, the middle sister... so now it's got to be the youngest, Petunia's, story! And BOOM she's Little Red Riding Hood! From there it just all fell into place: the red cape, the "wolves" in the woods, the grandmother, all the elements were there at last.
And the knitting. Oh, yes, there is knitting, my friends!
Not so much a "funny ha-ha" joke... but a few years back for a charity event I auctioned off a name in one of my books. That is: I promised the winner that a minor character in one of my books would be named after her, and let her pick which book. The winner was Emily Ellsworth, who runs a lovely book review blog called Em’s Reading Room. At the time Princess of the Silver Woods was just a twinkle in my eye, the two books in production were Tuesdays at the Castle and the first book of The Horse Brigade. The book she picked was The Horse Brigade, and I duly named a random rider Emily Ellsworth... and then shelved that book in favor of Princess of the Silver Woods. So when I was looking for a name for what was actually a fairly key character, I instantly thought, Emily Ellsworth! So Emily has moved to this book, and become the Dowager Countess Emily Ellsworth-Saxony!
Also of note: the male protagonist is named Oliver. I was pregnant with my last child, Baby Roo, during the writing of this book, and for months I insisted that we name him Oliver. I told my husband over and over that the name Oliver was stuck in my head and was surely a sign that that was his name! Then I realized that I probably typed the name "Oliver" fifteen times a day, every day. No wonder it was stuck in my head! The day I finished this book, I started into the sequel to Tuesdays at the Castle, and lo and behold: I told my husband I really liked the name "Rolf" suddenly...
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