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Publisher's Summary

When fairy tales do come true...To young Terri Fortier, life in a castle in the south of France seems like a fairytale - until she learns the awful truth. On her eighteenth birthday, she flees from the marriage her parents have arranged for her in hopes of saving their vineyard from an age-old curse. Terri makes her way to the Napa Valley and a forgotten, magical vineyard where she puts down new roots. But can Terri totally escape her destiny when reality proves to be more powerful than any fairy tale?
©2013 Marla J. Hayes and Angela Falkowska (P)2013 Marla J. Hayes and Angela Falkowska
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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 11-29-14

Fantastical

A fantastical YA about a girl that comes of age, runs away from an arranged marriage, loses her father and moves to Napa Valley, CA (Wine Country). A cute magical short that is a bit far fetched but a nice story for tweens to YA.

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5 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 03-31-14

Perfect Blend of Ancient Curse and Modern Times

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A Taste of Reality is an old fashioned fairy tale, with the twinkle of magic throughout. Being a big fan of fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started listening to this story written by Marla J. Hayes and Angela Falkowska, and narrated by Karen Krause. It was much better than expected!

The story starts off with a French little princess named Terri who is told about the curse that has plagued the family vineyard for centuries. Like in true fairy tale fashion, the only way to free the vineyard from the ancient spell is true love. Because the neighboring vineyard suffers from the same curse, the families arrange a marriage between the two families. Teri will have nothing to do with the arranged marriage and runs away to the Napa Valley. Terri finds her way to a magical vineyard where she discovers not only the secret to making a good burgundy, but the secret to unlocking her heart as well, which in turn saves the family vineyards.

Karen Krause’s narration is simply fantastic. She really brings the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. She is also able to switch genders and generations with ease.

Simply put, A Taste of Reality is a wonderful fairy tale with modern day independence.

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