Title: Fortune's Folly
Author: Deva Fagan
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Copyright Date: 2009
Print Date: April 2009
Description (from dust jacket):
Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she’s tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy—or her father will be put to death.
Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she herself hadn’t fallen in love with the prince...
This was a light, fun read. Fortunata is in a tough situation with no magical answers. Instead, she must make her own. The glimpses of various fairy tale elements - magical slippers, swords stuck in stones, princesses in towers, wicked relatives, evil witches who dine on children, etc. - are fun and charming. The ending was quick and oh so unlikely - but that is the way with fairy tales, isn't it?