Wishes and Sorrows, by Cindy Lynn Speer

Wishes and Sorrows by Cindy Lynn Speer


For every wish there is a sorrow…

Wishes are born from sorrows, blessings are sometimes curses, and even fairy godmothers cannot always get what they want. In this original collection, Cindy Lynn Speer, the author of “The Chocolatier’s Wife”, brings to life creatures of myths and tales, mixing them into a vibrant tapestry of stories, happy and sad, magical and real, each lovingly crafted and sure to touch the reader’s soul.

Step into the world where magic is real, and every mundane bit of reality is as magical as a true fairy tale.

Wishes and Sorrows
Cindy Lynn Speer
Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing
Publication: October, 2014
Genre: Fae, Fairy tale, Retelling
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Rated: ★★★★★

Wishes and Sorrows by Cindy Lynn Speer

This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for a VERY LONG TIME. Every time I flipped through my library to see what I should choose to read next, Wishes and Sorrows by Cindy Lynn Speer would pop up and I would hesitate before swiping away. This is another of those times where a cover can be deceiving. I mean, the cover is GORGEOUS but also a little misleading. I kept putting this book off because I kept thinking it would be some long, overdrawn, very uppity type story and I was never in the mood to read that.

Finally, in an attempt to clear my galley TBR list, I thought I would give it a try and get it over with. Sweet gods in heaven, how could I have been so wrong about a book! Wishes and Sorrows was so amazing! I absolutely fell in love with it and all of the different stories within. Wishes and Sorrows is a collection of short stories, many of which can be divided into Wishes and Sorrows, ergo the title. They’re all a bit fantastical, tales including ghosts, ghouls, fae, witches, and more.

The collection starts with what is possibly my favourite tale of the book, The Bell Witch and the Queen of Vines. In it, we see an older woman, a town witch that uses bells and dancing to ward off evil spirits and creatures from the town to which she belongs. She befriends one of these “evil” creatures one day, a werewolf, who shares with her a warning — danger and death are actively following her. What happens? I won’t give it away but it does hold a bit of Greek mythology in it…

Another ghoulish favourite is A Necklace of Rubies. This story could actually be its own full length novel (which I would have loved to read). Here, we see the typical trope of a character being given everything in the world, all of the freedoms available, and yet, cannot keep themselves from doing the one thing that was forbidden. Yet, there is a turn which leads to an unpredictable (yet enjoyable) ending. Also, Don Joaquin is exquisitely delectable and I could definitely see him being a Man Crush Monday character.

On the Sorrows side of the collection, you have some truly horrific tales in Remember and The Train, both of which leave you feeling unsettled. The former is told in bits and pieces where the reader jumps to conclusions about a lover who is abusive or false, while the latter is a perverse rendition of Frankenstein.

On the whole, each of these stories are interesting, well written, and solid. More than half of them have me wanting to reread them already, which definitely earns Wishes and Sorrows five stars.

Quotes & Excerpts

She would walk the night, and Jophas would follow her. After a week, he was sleeping on the floor next to her bed. She felt protected, which was odd, because what could frighten a bell witch?
– The Bell Witch and the Queen of Vines

“There are none of us who are innocent. Do you think I was born a werewolf? I was not. I sought it, though I did not think to myself that I did, but now I know, there was something in me that cried out to be changed, I was drawn to it… and now I am thus and I cannot repent.”
– The Bell Witch and the Queen of Vines

“You are not afraid?” His voice was deep, like the forest at night. He seemed surprised, perhaps even amused.
“I am not afraid.” I realized it was true.
“You have not been in our fair country long enough, perhaps.”
“Perhaps. Perhaps I do not listen to rumors.”
“Or perhaps you simply do not listen.”
– A Necklace of Rubies

“The rest can wait until tomorrow,” he said, taking my arm. The torches went out, and in the darkness, he places his lips to my ear. “I believe you because I choose to, not because I do.”
– A Necklace of Rubies

I remember this. And I say, let the memories end there, in the square of garden at the edge of our yard, where white flowers trailed all fragrant and glowing, and everything seemed gold-tinted from the summer sun. Where she sits, waiting, a book in her hands, her hair like a river of gold.
But the memories can’t end.
– The Jester’s Heart

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Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and her pom son Frodo Barkins with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.