Serendipity Market – by Penny Blubaugh
I have to admit, I was a little unsure about this book at the beginning, but it turned out to be quite charming and lovely. Serendipity Market is a story about stories. When Mama Inez senses the world is off balance, she sends out invitations to ten individuals to come share their stories and set the world right. Each of the stories is a unique take on a different fairy tale or legend, and each storyteller has his or her own unique voice.
The concept of telling stories to keep the world in balance is an interesting and appealing one, although in practice, I found those parts of the book to be the least engaging. That said, I did enjoy seeing the various storytellers interact with and respond to each other. The book first came alive for me at the point where each one receives his or her invitation and the reader is given a little sliver of insight into their lives. The heart of the book, however, is in the individual stories. My favorites were the versions of Cinderella, Tam Lin, and The Princess (er…Prince) and the Pea. I’m glad I stuck with it after my initial misgivings because the stories truly are delightful.