Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What is the Real Story of Ichabob Crane?

Thank you to St. Martins Griffin for a copy of Katrina Van Tassel’s Spellbook by Alyssa Palombo.  I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review.

How many of you have seen the Disney cartoon about Ichabob Crane?  Did you any of you ever read the novel written by Washington Irving?   If you have read the original book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; did you agree with Washington Irving’s creation of his characters?  Alyssa Palombo chose to share the story from Katrina Van Tassel's an original  character point of view.  

“When Ichabod Crane arrives in the s pooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.
But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.
Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all.” (Amazon)

My Thoughts: 

I loved this novel!  The pages turned easily as I read.  It was a little too sexy for me in some sections where Ichabob and Katrina’s relationship is described.   Readers will want to find out what happened to Ichabob Crane.   I found the conclusion satisfying, but a little heartbreaking.  I felt for Katrina and what it would mean for her future.   I don’t know that I personally would resort to the measures that Katrina took to find out what happened.   There are some secrets that are not meant to be shared.    I also researched the what happened to Ichabob Crane from the original story by Washington Irving. Here is one of the sources that I used wikipedia

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I also researched the what happened to Ichabob Crane from the original story by Washington Irving.  Here is what I found out.

Purchase a copy of Katrina Van Tassel’s Spell book here.