Dash and Lillian are in love, but her wealthy father won’t permit them to be married because Dash is not a suitable match. He is nothing but the son of the family’s gardener. To be rid of the young man, Lillian’s father claims that the only way Dash could ever earn Lillian’s hand in marriage is to find his fortune in the time it takes a basket of fresh tomatoes to rot. Naturally, Sir Barrymore isn’t serious about this challenge, but Dash sees it as his only chance to win the hand of the woman he loves. He leaves immediately on a quest to find a way to complete this impossible task. Meanwhile, Lillian is doing her best to make her parents postpone her engagement to someone else in order to give Dash time to return. It is a whirlwind fairy tale adventure full of danger, cunning, magic, true love, and tomatoes.
Although I’ve never been a huge fairy tale fan, I’ve enjoyed the original stories in this series. The Tomato Quest can be easily read in an hour or so, and I finished it in an afternoon over Christmas. It’s a sweet tale containing star-crossed lovers who are determined to be together despite the objections of their parents and the expectations of society. After being handed a near impossible challenge, Dash doesn’t have a clear-cut plan for success. He encounters one roadblock after another, yet he shoulders on, and you have to admire his tenacity. In the beginning, I wasn’t completely convinced Lillian was all in, but she proved me wrong. Her actions in defying her parents gave me some chuckles.
If you’re a fairy tale fan or a fan of sweet romances, I recommend giving this series a try. I somehow missed this novella when it was first published, and the author was gracious enough to provide me a copy for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.