FINDING EVER AFTER FairyTale Collection, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise
Finding Ever After is a unique collection of four novellas by four great authors. The common thread is a beautifully illustrated book of fairytales with handwritten annotations.
Between Stairs and Stardust by Pepper Basham is a “charming” fairytale-like meeting of Stella and James at the Biltmore Mansion belonging to the Vanderbilts. Each chapter’s title is a charm from Stella’s bracelet depicting Cinderella.
Such a great story set in the Golden Age in a romantic setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Entanglements by Rachel McMillan .
This one had overtones of Rapunzel in Boston of 1920. There are fairy godmothers disguised as friends of Esther’s mother. They arrange for Esther to further her love of singing and hope to have her meet someone who loves the arts and chess as much as she does. Look for a very unique chess game!
Twice Upon a Time by Ashley Clark is a modern fairytale.
A pecan orchard is the setting and the hero has a sneaky way to win Emma’s heart A little fairytale book found at the Wistful Teacup Bookshop plays a part. Is it magic?
Twice Bitten by Betsy St. Amant is a modern tale with overt references to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs— who are seven geeky friends of Maggie Craft. The Prince shows up in handyman Griff Massey. This one had me laughing so many times as I caught the modern day portrayals of this most loved fairytale. Ms Amant has a lovely sense of humor and a great way with words. And are the stepsister and stepmother really mean or do they want the best for Maggie?
These four fairytale adaptations were so cute. It makes me want to find the magical book that ties them all together. This was a fantastic idea for a novella collection by some of my favorite authors.
Fun four times over!
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