The Fairy Bargains of Prospect Hill, a review by Shelley

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Rowenna Miller

Redhook Books
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
416 Pages
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No one may tell me for no one knows…The names of the Fae, the names that they chose.

It’s only been a year or so since I have gotten into reading fantasy and it’s because of books like this that I decided to do so. The beautiful writing hooked me. There was such a feeling of time and place, even though neither is mentioned, that takes talent. I knew the location was the midwest in the early twentieth century. And then there is The Fae, oh my word, Rowenna Miller had so many details and made it sound so lovely and scary at the same time.

The relationship between sisters Alaine and Delphine is a highlight of the book, they both take advantage of the fairy bargains but it is Alaine who uses them to save her cherished farm and beloved sister. There were a lot of touchy issues throughout the book such as spousal abuse, women’s rights and classism. It was surreal reading about them as we still have these issues in the modern world.

I admit that the book was a tad slow to start, but don’t let that deter you from continuing to read, it is very important to the story and when the pace picks up it is well worth the wait. All in all a magical read that I found enchanting. I must also mention the gorgeous cover, it perfectly matches the beauty that is inside the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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