Caroline remembers a lot of this book – I know someone is going to recognize this one.
Ok, I have been driven insane remembering this book, and really hope someone
can help. I think it is based on Fairy Tales and such, and was a time travel
romance. I can remember it being written by a man, which, when I read it,
surprised me, since, like, dudes don’t write romance, do they? (and yeah,
they do, and its awesomesauce.)
It is set in Europe somewhere (I am thinking Eastern Europe), and a young
man remembers a fairy tale his grandparents told him about a guarded
princess or something. For some reason Babba Yagga springs to mind as a
villian in the fairy tale. Grown up, he goes back to the farm they spent
summers on for some reason and finds some weirdness goin’ on in the back
forty. There is some random woman on a pedestal, sleeping away, and in a
moat surrounding the pedestal is some type of beast.
The man runs around and around and around the moat tiring the evilnastyroary
beast out, who follows him, so that he can jump over the moat and get the
girl, who it turns out is a absolute, genuine, one of a kind princess
(Disney copyright not applied). She thinks, in part of their introduction
that he didn’t smell bad, just sweaty, but clean (I guess dude was cleaner
than the old-timey warriors who never bathed?) They return to her time
through a portal at the site of the Amazing Running Rescue, and he’s
questioned on his weirdo factor (being tall, clean etc) and I think
eventually helps stop a rebellion or something, and becomes the non-smelly,
sweaty, tall hero. The princess and he fall in love in the book, but really,
I can’t remember if there is any smuttiness in the book (hence why I wanna
read it again, O_o).
The end of the book has them with kids, spending half their year in the
“present”, and half the year “in the past” ruling their kingdom
together. They travel safely through the portal where the hero defeated the
beast to save the princess.
OK, so have at it! Tell me what this book is! Please! Its driving me crazy
not being able to remember it better!!!
Time travel with moats and beasts? This sounds terribly intriguing. Anyone remember this book?