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Mother Knows Best: A tale of the old witch by Serena Valentino

Mother knows best – or does she?

One of several in the villain tales series, the tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. I loved the story of Rapunzel as a child and it has been retold in many ways.

In this tale, the mystery is centred around a sacred flower which gives an old witch immortality and enables her to stay young and beautiful. Unsurprisingly, the queen is the villain in this story, who steals a princess born with magical hair.

Not willing to lose the flower of eternal life, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. However, the princess finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

Yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower?

With many twists and turns,this is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.

I personally enjoyed reading about the sisters and their relationship, SIr Jacob of the dead and how he helped the princess and the unassuming kindness of Mrs Tiddlebottom. This book is a page-turner, once you start turning the pages, you won’t be able to stop!

Mrs Carpenter

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