12 April 2015

The Perfect Fool by Bethany Zohner Herbert

The Perfect Fool
by Bethany Zohner Herbert.
Audience/Genre: Clean, Historical Romance.
Publication: April 14th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media.
Plucked from the streets to become a court jester, Farrago’s life couldn’t be better, especially now that he’s flirting with scullery maid Thea. But when Thea turns out to be a queen in disguise, Farrago may become as much a fool in love as in his occupation. This medieval tale is filled with romance, humor, and twists that will keep you guessing to the last page.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Perfect Fool is full of so much; laughter, sadness, evil, love, and responsibility of a fool to help in a kingdom. The Perfect Fool makes you feel happy and that all is right in the world. If you need a happy story that lifts sadness then this is it!

Fendral, the fool of Gidrick, picked Farrago off the streets when he saw something in him and taught him to be a fool. But fun and games still comes with hard work and general happiness. Fendral was a good mentor until one day Fendral decides to follow his heart and runs away with his love to start their own family, leaving Ferrago to be the fool alone.

Ferrago was heartbroken over Fendral leaving. He protects his heart and puts his full self into being the fool. Growing up with Thea, the scully maid, Ferrago brings the best out of her and both are happy but neither realizes how much they care about each other until he one day kisses her. Then the next moment, she is the lost princess and being taken back to her kingdom before he realizes he loves her and decides to go and get her. But it isn’t easy being a fool and not a noble going after the new now Queen’s hand.

Ferrago has to pretend he is a noble and not let her know who he is while he participates in the councils games to win her hand and be the new King. Ferrago, now Sir Hubert, finds it hard not to be silly or making people generally happy. People notice he isn’t a snobby noble. He finds allies in the most unusual places and with the general public, the peasants. They like him, but the Fool in Thea’s kingdom is no fool at all. He knows who Ferrago is and he lets Ferrago know but he holds out on letting the council know, it would mean death to Ferrago. But Oaf, the Fool, is holding his tongue for now and torturing Ferrago. But Ferrago isn’t bothered much. He continues to be patient and kind and very observant of others. He sees good people and he sees evil for what it is, yet he is ever the kind person.

Ferrago is running against time and is losing Thea slowly over his biggest opponent, a supposedly ally, in the games. Ferrago must do something soon or he will not only lose Thea but his life if he is caught.

What I loved was Ferrago. He was kind and generally happy. He could relax anyone. He ran into a little girl who loved him juggling and called him “Jug-oh man”. She was so cute. The book was kind of like reading Cyrano de Bergerac. Ferrago wasn’t much to look at but his heart was full. His own nose was beak like and he has to cover it if he wants to pretend to be someone else. Ferrago even pretending to be a noble had people hoping he would win Thea’s hand because he would be a good king. He made many friends and in the end he made many people very happy. I was on cloud nine!

The other thing I liked was that there are questions at the end. The kind that made me think more on the book and the characters in them. Which of course made me like it even more!

I would recommend this book to everyone. It is clean and happy and shows good vs. evil. Did I say this book makes you feel happy? Well it does

My mother would tell you that I've been writing since before I could write. When I was little, I would make up stories and write them in pictures or nonsense in columns, then gladly share my creative genious with whoever would listen.

I was in elementary school, probably about the third grade, when I finished reading one of my favorite childhood books, Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville, for the umpteenth time. Sad that I had finished it yet again, I had a sudden epiphany on the bus ride home: Somebody has to write this stuff . . . that would be the coolest job ever! And that's been a goal of mine ever since -- to write wonderful books! And through the years I wrote all sorts of horribly written yet very heartfelt stories.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from BYU-Idaho in 2009 in English with a creative writing emphasis. I later earned my Master of Arts in English, writing and literature, in 2013. A short story of mine, "Printed" was published via an online magazine called Aurora Wolf in May 2012. And my first full-length novel, Printed is due to be published in April 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing. I couldn't be more thrilled. Life is an adventure!

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  1. Hey Kelly! Thanks so much for your review! I hadn't thought of comparing it to Cyrano de Bergerac; that was a fun insight! I'm glad you liked the part where Farrago interacts with a little girl, and I love the discussion questions too.
    Thanks again!