Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review ~ Happily Ever After Collection from Timeless Romance

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes our HAPPILY EVERY AFTER COLLECTION.

Six brand new fairy tale romance novellas by New York Times bestseller Jessica Day George, and bestselling authors Julie Wright, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines, Heather B. Moore, and Annette Lyon.

MAIL-ORDER PRINCESS by Jessica Day George: Elise flees her small kingdom and arrives in the New World with only her two trunks and seven swans—her seven brothers to be exact. But Elise will do anything to get her brothers away from their cruel stepmother’s curse, even if it means accepting the long-distance marriage proposal to a former count turned farmer. 

THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER by Julie Wright: When Isa meets Thomas Rumple, she is quickly infatuated with his good looks and natural charm, until she learns his true identity. Due to a wild claim by her insufferable father, Isa’s life is threatened by the king if she can’t spin a room full of straw into gold, and Thomas may be the only one who can save her. 

THE PEBBLED PATH by Sarah M. Eden: Deep in the heart of a mysterious forest, Gretel trades her freedom to save her beloved father from the spell of an evil enchantress. Even attempting to escape would cost her father his life. Gretel’s determination to fulfill her promise wavers when she meets Hansel, a young man who captures her heart. For, she loves him too dearly to put his life in danger, and he loves her too much to simply leave her to her fate.

BLACK FERN by Julie Daines: Rós is desperate to find work in order to care for her ailing father and younger sisters. She applies to the mysterious owner of a crumbling castle and is soon swept up in dark secrets. Unsure if the owner of the castle is man or beast, Rós determines to help him at all cost. She soon discovers that the cost may be too great, even for her.

SCARLET by Heather B. Moore: When Scarlet needs to fetch a healing tonic on the night when the wolves are at their most dangerous, she has no choice but to apply to her nemesis, August, for help. He agrees to help her, but they encounter a pack of wolves that put up a fierce fight, marking Scarlet as their newly targeted prey. 

SO RARE A POWER by Annette Lyon: Stella knows she’s taking a risk each time she meets Patrick in the rose garden that they’ve cultivated together. And no matter how much her mother will disapprove of their relationship, Stella can’t deny her feelings for him. When the Snow Queen steals away Patrick to drain him of his powers of creating beauty and life, Stella must decide what she’s willing to risk to rescue him.

Jewelz Review~

MAIL-ORDER PRINCESS by Jessica Day George: A retelling of The Wild Swans. While it stayed true to the original fairytale, I did enjoy the slight adaptations George made. I especially liked Daniel and Mary's characters and how she tied in Native American elements to the story.

THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER by Julie Wright: A retelling of Rumpelstilskin. Wright made some lovely adaptations to this fairy tale. I appreciated the way Isa was able to essentially trick and outsmart the king instead of magic solving the dilemma.

THE PEBBLED PATH by Sarah M. Eden: A retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I really enjoyed this twist on the tale of Hansel and Gretel. Ms Eden was able to turn the tale into a love story seamlessly. She borrowed elements from other fairy tales/myths that helped make this story the perfect little tale it is.

BLACK FERN by Julie Daines: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This was my favorite from this anthology. It's a very different story than the Disney version we all know. I love all the pieces that tore at my heartstrings - the plight of Ros's family, the duplicity of Finn, and the whole character arc of Branan.  This story is a gem.

SCARLET by Heather B. Moore: A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. This is not the story you grew up with, but it is a delight. Another of my favorites from this anthology. I love August and his backstory - this tale wouldn't be the same without it. His backstory adds a depth that the original fairy tale, and many adaptations lack. Though she would be loath to admit it, she needs Sawyer - he balances her. The tale has substance that many novellas lack.

SO RARE A POWER by Annette Lyon: A retelling of The Snow Queen. This is NOT Disney's Frozen. It's a more accurate retelling of the original story, but with some adaptations, of course. The story of Stella and Patrick is both frustrating and endearing. It is frustrating because for the bulk of the story, they are apart. But, Stella's love couldn't be more pure and unfailing and their reunion is nothing short of magical.

Honest disclosure ~ a received a review copy
FYI ~ clean read, no language or content concerns

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