Pigeons going back and forth is what starts the friendship between Christian and Princess Marigold. The pigeons are carrier pigeons, and they bring little notes back and forth between the two. While Christian watches Marigold through his father’s telescope, she’s never seen him. They want to meet, but due to the queen, and the river that is in between their houses, they think that it probably will not happen. That changes when Christian realizes (by watching through the telescope and some of Marigold’s notes) that the Queen is scheming to take over the kingdom, and wants to kill Marigold! Christian decides to go work in the palace, to keep a better eye on things, and to help keep Marigold safe. With the help of Marigold’s pet dogs, the troll that is actually Christian’s father, and some last minute inventions, Marigold and Christian are determined to stop the queen.
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris is a new type of novel. It begins like an oridanary ‘once upon a time’ to ‘happily ever after’ story, but the story, and the ending, are not quite as predictable as one would think.