Suzie Jay's writing is straightforward, easy to read and the story flows along quickly and easily. The small, but wonderful illustrations just add to this book's immense appeal to children. I could certainly envisage sitting by my grandchildren's bed and reading this story to them.
I suspect the writer had an extra motive in writing this book. There is a clear parallel between the "black cloud" illness that affects so many of Princess Matilda's village and cancer, and I guess more especially childhood cancer. This would be a lovely book to read to a poor child with cancer (or any illness really) in the hospital or at home undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
The simple, straightforward message one can take from Princess Matilda's tale is to keep being positive, never give up hope, look for the best in every situation no matter how bad it seems and always, always believe in miracles.
It is few books that can leave me with a smile on my face when I put them down, but Princess Matilda's Miracle was one of those. For this reason and just because I enjoyed the change of pace from my usual darker reading fare, I am delighted to give this book the full five stars.
Well done to the author and more power to your writing.