Long ago, ancestors of Jourdian Amberville, the twelfth Duke of Heathcourte, agreed that one of their descendants would marry a member of the fairy kingdom. Now the time has arrived and fairy Princess Splendor goes to meet the man she has loved from afar. In a flash of light she suddenly appears and Jourdian tumbles from his horse to find a petite girl, clad only in her fiery hair, in his arms.

In her naivete Splendor believes Jourdian will fall in love with her at first sight. She has only three months in which to gain Jourdian's love and carry his child, before she must leave.

Unbelieving Jourdian finds his life turned upside down by this delicate creature, who almost makes him believe in magic and love. Through a trick of fate or magic they are wed and through Splendor's uncompromising love Jourdian discovers the first real joy in his life. But he fears everything he feels for Splendor and nearly loses what he comes to cherish most.

Combine a dash of "Rumpilstilskin" with a dose of "The Little Mermaid," a dollop of ancient mythology and all the love, laughter, joy, enchantment, magic and sheer pleasure you can get from reading an unforgettable romance and you have A BASKET OF WISHES. Like a bard, Rebecca Paisley spins a tale of such beauty, delight, tenderness, and humor that you will be captivated by her characters and the marvelous fairytale atmosphere she creates. Give yourself a gift; read and cherish A BASKET OF WISHES. (Aug., 392 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin