I recently had the opportunity to read Once Upon Two Kingdoms by Anna del C. Dye. This was a wonderful and fun story that shows the power of individuality and how love can cross any barriers the world around us can create.
An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?
It was a delightful read that captured my attention from beginning to end. Elizabeth is a beautiful, young women with a strong will, and an even stronger sense of understanding and duty. I love that she doesn't sigh and bemoan her life but takes charge and makes decisions.
Patrick is an intriguing character. It's hard not to fall in love with him as you read how he relates to Elizabeth. I loved how he was a gentleman, but it didn't take away from her independence. There were times, however, that I wanted to strangle them both.
The story is set in the midst of two neighboring kingdoms who are friendly. But when the Kings get together and plan the futures of their children you know problems will arise. As the story unfolds more and more obstacles are placed in Elizabeth and Patrick's path, guaranteeing a war or worse. Elizabeth, bound by duty and a respect for her parents, is loathe to marry a total stranger. Patrick wants the freedom to choose his wife. In a strange twist of events they meet and their lives are changed forever in ways that they can't even fathom.
There were some elements of the story that appeared to be very predictable, but the plot twists and turns we met with along the way, balanced everything out. Anna del C. Dye has created a wonderful fantasy world with lovable and relatable characters and a setting that any woman would love to fall in love in.
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Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches. She grew up with four other siblings, being placed in the middle.
Anna moved to the USA to marry her husband Rodney, and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.
Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that have rewarded her with the opportunities of doing the costuming for the cast of four musicals, and Utah’s own Fantasy Con, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Some of Anna’s writing recognitions:She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Motherpublished by Desert Saints Magazine. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in a League of Utah Writers contest later to be published by Kalkion Magazine. (Now it has been published as an e-book.) Other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUBÒ of Salt Lake Valley-West. She has published 7 books on her Elf series. Her and Rodney’s love story was published by Deseret book in the anthology entitled Angels Round About compiled by July C. Olsen. Another of her articles was included in the Anthology Mother’s Message in a Bottle, edited by Tyler Hayden and published by Nimbus Publishing.