Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.
Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.
It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.
Ringle (Immortal's Spring) ventures into folkloric fiction and gives readers a rich, modern fairy tale, complete with goblins, fairies, curses, enchantments, and romance. Set in the atmospheric fictional town of Bellwater, Wash., a tranquil place surrounded by thick, mossy woods and misty lakes, the story follows Skye Darwen, a barista and artist, after she is cursed by forest-dwelling goblins on an evening walk that ventures too far into their territory. Her older sister, Livy, can't make sense of Skye's sudden and uncharacteristic depression, and, increasingly powerless to communicate, Skye can't ask for help. Enter Livy's love interest, Kit Sylvain, a dreamy local who knows all about the forest's occupants thanks to an old family secret, and his cousin Grady, who gets swept up in Skye's troubles via an enchanted kiss. Amid steamy scenes, the couples work to break the curses shackling Skye, Grady, and Kit to the goblins, with Livy, the only one untouched by magic, compelled to lead the charge. The main characters are real, flawed, and relatable. Forget true love's kiss to break a spell, or slaying a dragon to rescue the princess; Ringle employs familiar fairy tale tropes but turns them on their heads to deliver something wholly unexpected and fresh.