Title: The Kingdom of Grape
Author: Raimo Strangis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
We meet Donnie Drake in the beginning of the story. It talks about the kingdom he’s from: “The Kingdom of Grape”. As with anything, The Kingdom of Grape was separated by wealth and stature. Donnie lost his parents when he was young. He moves into a orphanage and lives his life. As a special young man according to the ladies who gushed to King Earl Grape when he would visit. At the age of 18 years old the King gives the okay for Donnie to become a messenger. Donnie is happy and sets off with his horse Pinot to deliver messages to people’s doorsteps. One of which is Lady Gates. She’s a resident of Grape and holds something special…the ancient seeds of Grape. on his many journeys he also passes by the castle where The King, The Princess, and his son reside. He’s head over heels in love with the princess. She’s kind and treats all her people equally. But, he knows it could never for the princess is due to marry Duke The Red. After the Duke’s father led the army to victory during the Civil Battle. The King and his father made a vow to wed their children.
After Donnie rescues Lady Gates from a fire and save the ancient seeds, Donnie also has a run in with Duke The Red. That run in completely turns things around for Donnie and The Princess. But there’s two evil people that are ready to do all they have to do to stop the king from making Donnie the next king. Even if it means ending the king’s life himself.
I absolutely loved this book even though it was a children’s book. The illustrations were so detailed. I loved how the author used the different types of wine names to incorporate them into the story. After all the kingdom produced grapes and wine is made from grapes. It was a cute and heroic story that also focuses on good and evil. Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.