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Apple Blossoms: A Regency Fairytale (FCRAs 2016 Winner)

Apple Blossoms: A Regency Fairytale (FCRAs 2016 Winner)

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Britain Kalai Soderquist By britainkalai Completed

It is a truth universally acknowledged that magic is required for a young lady to find her "happily ever after" in a fairytale. But what if the magic is removed? Is it possible to find true love when the world is perfectly ordinary?

Margaret Kingston is the most sought-after young lady of the London Season. Her wealth and beauty have no equal. But her hopes of making a suitable match are quickly dashed by Walter Boland, the stepbrother of her dearest friend Bianca. With help from a roguish Marquis, Walter attempts to convince Margaret to marry him, threatening to ruin her reputation in the process. Margaret's parents decide the only solution is to send Margaret into hiding. Deep in the Welsh countryside, she assumes a new identity under the watchful eye of her mother's three maiden aunts, and meets the handsome Colonel Arthur Phillips, a Light Dragoon who served in the Napoleonic War. As their romance blossoms, Margaret shares her thoughts with Bianca through their correspondence.

Bianca, meanwhile, has her hands full as she foils Walter's search for her friend, and attempts to protect the gentlemen of London from the wiles of her beautiful but cruel stepmother. Her partner in the endeavor is another military man, Captain Edward Winters, and together they succeed in chasing away a flock of her stepmother's potential suitors. Everything is going according to plan until Bianca's enthusiasm for the pranks goes too far, causing Edward to question whether it is Bianca or her stepmother whose behavior is suspect.

Set in Regency-era England and Wales, and inspired by Mozart's "Don Giovanni," and Jane Austen's little-known work "Lady Susan," this is another historical retelling of two classic fairytales: "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White."

This work is a draft in progress.

*Author's Note: I am very open to suggestions on the name. Feel free message me if you think of something more suitable.*

AdelynAnn AdelynAnn Apr 08, 2016
I'm so giddy to start reading this story!  Based on this first letter and the summary I can't wait! I'm a huge fan of mozart's operas and Jane Austen so you can consider me very very intrigued! I loved all the drama in just this first letter  -- I can't wait to see how this all unfolds.
DeLisek14 DeLisek14 Apr 05, 2016
I'm also super excited because my granddaughters name is Aurora (even though you aren't using the name) and we have always loved the Sleeping Beauty story!
the_frenchiest_fries the_frenchiest_fries Oct 09, 2016
Shawty had dem apple blossoms jeans *jeans* boots with the fur *with the fur*
incroyablegirl incroyablegirl Jan 16, 2016
The stories is very promising. I am much excited to read it. Your ideas are very refreshing
time_truth_hearts time_truth_hearts Jan 15, 2016
I'm surprised at the name Margaret for Sleeping Beauty. Quite different from the classical Briar Rose or Aurora.
Marie-Williams Marie-Williams Jan 12, 2016
Oh I'm looking forward to this! Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorites, so it will interesting to see how you work a non magical version. Especially with the sleeping beauty character as the central focus, since the original is really about the fairies.