by Staci Layne Wilson

ISBN: 1-59279-935-3
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The handsome prince has freed Rapunzel from her tower and she truly believes that she is off to live happily ever after. After all, isn’t that what is supposed to happen? Well, she is in for a rude awakening. The prince is already married and looking for a new mistress and the old crone has already replaced her, so what is a poor girl to do? If you are Rapunzel, you start walking and decide to find work; after all, a girl has to eat.

In her travels, Rapunzel gets into some pretty bizarre situations. Her naiveté and trusting nature gets her into tight spots but she manages to figure a way out of it. Along the way, she rescues a cat from a trap, not knowing that she has just rescued the heir to the throne of Khatt, Prince Hemingway. Hemingway was turned into a cat by his sister, Siameez, and banished from the kingdom to assure her ascension to the throne upon the death of their father. After hearing his story, Rapunzel decides the only decent thing to do is to help the prince break the enchantment and regain his throne.

The Life and Times of Rapunzel is set in the fictional alternate universe of Othruth. A world that is similar to Earth, except magic is real, computers are gods and monkeys really can fly. I was mildly entertained by the antics of Rapunzel and Hemingway. The romance is very low-key, mainly because Hemingway spends three-quarters of the book as a cat.

This was a cute story and in the end they, of course, do live happily ever after.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Carolyn.

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