Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Rum Paul Stillskin began life abandoned as an infant in a garden. He was found by and old woman, Mrs. Stillskin and despite her drunken husband’s insistence to leave him, she took him in to raise. There was no doubt he was not a human, and the old man was convinced he was a fae. As he grew up, he met with all kinds of bullying from both the old man and the kids in the village. The only one that showed him love other than the old woman was Mallie Goodman, who saw beyond his looks and saw what was in his heart and soul.
Rum and Mallie’s love grew but she was expected to wed, and he was not her father’s choice. Rum had nothing to offer, no money and no prospects for the future. He managed to do as little as possible on the small farm, even though he had the strength to do whatever he wanted. Before long, Mallie had to leave with a promise to always return to him, a promise he was certain she would keep. The reason for her leaving I will not reveal in this review.
Rum did not age and as time went by, he waited for Mallie’s return and his wait lasted centuries. He was sure that his Mallie had returned when he saw her in the village and this is where some of the old fairytale we remember takes place, weaving straw into gold, the promise of taking the first-born child, and discovering his name to make everything right. Of course, that is only a part of the original story because this version is quite different, why he does what he does and if his Mallie has truly come back to him.
Rum Paul Stillskin is a character unlike in the original story that I grew to love and whose desire to be loved was heartbreaking. A wonderful story and if you like me love fairytales then don’t miss this one.