In The Kingdom of Fairies;a memoir of a magical summer and a remarkable friendship.  by:Susan Coyne  (St. Martin’s press

Some stories stay with you. This is one. Originally I checked it out of the library. Now I own a copy-its that good. Now I like my fiction with a sprinkle of fantasy but this is a true story.

In the summer of 1963 the Coyne family travels to  a cottage in Lake of the Woods,in Western Ontario. Its the annual family vacation. When Susan was 5 she finds an old ,stone fireplace half hidden in the vegetation. She asks father about it and he tells her it use to be a home for bachlor elves. So our girl Susanbrings small gifts of berries,flower necklaces,& empty acorn shells filled with water.Every morning the gifts are gone. One morning she receives the first of many letters from fairy princess Nootsie-Tah. Seems our fairy princess has been banished for a thousand years from her home of Peru for being proud.They exchange letters all summer.

Susan is also friends with her elderly neighbors,the Mohrs. She helps Mr. Mohr with his garden and he reads to her next to the pot bellied stove. This would be an enduring friendship.

  I’ll leave you ,dear reader to discover the rest of the tale. No spoilers here!Long after I returned the book I still remembered it. Longed to visit its pages again. So I got a copy. It should be up there with the classics. It definately is heart warming.


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