Hello. Today is my day to share in the blog blitz for Emma Robinson's Happily Never After.
She closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…
Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.
She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life.
And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…
But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.
Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…
A hilarious, romantic love story about mothers, daughters and how on earth to find Prince Charming, for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.
Website: Motherhood for Slackers
My rating: 4 Stars
Rory does not believe in love. It is that simple. As far as she is concerned, "life is not a fairy tale." She is truly convinced that Prince Charming might not be there for everyone, at the very least, her. Anyway, what time does she have to think about love, something everyone is pushing at her? She just bought a fixer-upper for her and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Belle. She is a very busy teacher with sensitive students and a full load. She has been on her own for more years than she would like to admit, besides she likes it that way. Oh, about "life not being a fairytale?" What's up with the builder, John Prince? He ends up helping her with her house, help she is extremely reluctant to accept.
Happily Never After has it all: sweet romance, family connectiveness and drama, fantastic characterization, best friends, real emotionalism and more. Rory was indeed the center of it all, and her character was written quite well. She struggled to be an independent woman, was a fantastic mother and daughter and an excellent teacher. Her relationship with Belle and her mother Sheila was handled quite well. Their relationship was marvelous. I so adored Rory's relationship with best friends Susie and Penny, although Susie was desperately seeking Mr. Right - for all three of them.
Most of all, I loved the slow romance that burned between Rory and John. Would the two ever get it together? What about everyone else and their desire to be loved and needed? This is a story not to be missed if these questions are going to be answered properly. This is truly a cute story that was very touching on so many levels. It was a delightfully quick read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.