Exchange of Gifts
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McCaffrey's latest is a sweet, romantic fantasy set in a realm where each person is born with a gift that determines their future. Meanne, who is not allowed to practice her gift of making plants grow and thrive--because it is so "unsuitable for a princess of the Blood Royal to insert her royal hands in common dirt" --runs away to a deserted, run-down forest hunting lodge. Unschooled in many of the practicalities of setting the hut to rights, she is delighted when a boy named Wisp shows up and joins forces with her. Readers may suspect it before Meanne does, but Wisp has a frightening gift that works a great change for Meanne yet bodes well for their future together. This is an enticing little book, made more so by Pat Morrissey's delicate line drawing that frames each two-page spread of text, and McCaffrey fans of all ages will adore it. Sally Estes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
(For some reason, my name did not show up on this before. That's why it's here again.)
This book was rather boring. Meanne is very hurried character, as she we don't get to see inside her, just what is on her mind NOW. There was too many foreshadowing that actually lets us know what is going to happen. There is no surprise and there is no climax of the story.
Its pretty mellow, a very short read of 94 pages. I honestly kept myself reading, but found myself skimming the pages. I really don't recommend this book, the only McCaffrey story so far that I didn't like.
Most recent customer reviews
I think it's wonderful book I,m not a reader but this was a wonderful love story of life I could not put it down. My daughter read it also and felt the same way.Published on April 25 2002 by Diane Lynn Rector
Many have complained that the book is too small for the price. Or too short. Or that nothing much happens. This book is not an action adventure story. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by Granny Coy
I must admit that I had high expectations for this book after reading the Dragonriders and Harpers series. This was a very cute book but by no means superb. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2001
not like most of her books but this book is a good quick read without losing any of the Anne McCaffrey magic we know and love.Published on Oct. 27 1999
A must read. When a princess runs away from home, she goes to an old cottage where she mets a young boy, Wisp. Read morePublished on July 29 1999
The book is short,but sweet. The story tells of two people trying to hide from someone or something. One of which isn't what it seems to be.Published on June 28 1999
I'm usually a really big fan of Annie, but lately some of her books have left me feeling cheated. I think her publisher is pushing her too hard to crank out the books too fast... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 1998 by A. Gentilcore