Sep. 17, 2015

"Morgrim's Wood" Review!

Summary:  Carrie Ann Lahain writes a story that would make the Grimm Brothers seethe with jealousy. Morgrim’s Wood follows a very distraught Pamela German through the trials and tribulations of losing a daughter, Kate, to suicide, and then of her trying to find herself again. When she punches her sister-in-law Eileen in the face, which starts the entire book off so no spoiler there, she starts a series of events that would take her, Eileen, and their children, up to the mountains and into the woods. It all begins with the selling of the family cabin and spirals downward into something magical and dark. I wish I could explain more without giving away the entire book, but trust me when I tell you that it is something delightful.

Review:  The writing style of the author is so breathtaking that it will hook you in from the very beginning. Not only does Carrie Ann Lahain begin with a punch in Morgrim’s Wood, but she is also funny in the darkest of times, and sad in the lightest. This book brought me back to a point in my life where I believed in fairy tales, and reminded me of The Story Teller and every other amazing live action fairy tale movie I grew up with during the 90’s. It keeps you on your toes with a fabulous princess, an evil sorcerer, and a heroic prince trying to rescue his ladylove, while the reality of the story never wavers for a moment. Pamela German is always there as a reminder that this world is not the natural one, and there is much more at stake than a princess. In fact, Pam’s life, sanity, and children depend on her not losing her senses in all this wonder.

This story is something that you can really sink your teeth into. You can escape for a few hours and be in a world where magic and mysterious creatures lie, and you can have a laugh or two while you’re at it.

So, it’s 5 out of 5 stars for a lovely tale of woe and enchantment that even the Grimmest of storytellers would be envious of.