Water Song by Suzanne Weyn is a young adult retelling of The Frog Prince.
1915, and Emma is trapped at her mother's family estate in Belgium,
right on the front lines of World War I. When Jack, an American enlisted
in the British army, flees a chlorine gas attack by climbing into the
old well on the estate, circumstances conspire to bring the two young
people together, dissimilar though they may be. And when German soldiers
take over the estate for use as a command post, some quick thinking on
Emma's part gains the pair temporary safety. As the days pass, their
time appears to be running out. Can they escape the estate -- and will
the tentative beginnings of a romance that has sprung up between them
survive the rest of the war?
This is part of the "Once Upon a
Time" series of young adult fantasy retellings, some of which I have
quite enjoyed, but I found this one fairly weak. Part of the problem is
that the only magic in the story is some folk magic Jack learned from
his mother during his Louisiana boyhood, so this mostly ends up being
historical fiction -- and not the best historical fiction, either. I'd
likely forgive this to some extent if the characters had been more
believable, but I never really bought into the romance between Jack and
Emma, nor did I like either of them very much on their own. Much as I
love fairy tale retellings, this isn't one I'm likely to recommend.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)