Five modern takes on classic fairy tales, and the only magic is the real-life kind. Each sweet, funny, romantic short story is 10,000-13,000 words in length. The stories can be read separately, but are linked together in the collection, and wrap up in the perfect happily ever after.
There are five short stories in this book, and I want to review each of them. They are absolutely wonderful, sweet, and fun and all of them are contemporary stories based on a fairy tale story, but of course with a twist.
This is a clever remake of the Cinderella story. It is fun, romantic, clever and I loved reading it. The handsome prince in the story is a Marketing executive who lives in a majestic hotel, not a palace. Cindi lives with a stepmother and three stepsisters who are always mean to her. The story is similar but yet different from the original fairy tale with conflict and many ups and downs and kept me avidly reading to the Happy Ever After.
Her real name is Rose, but her hair is red, so she is called by both names. This Rose, runs a bakery which only makes vegan, gluten free, casein free, and multi-grain breads, muffins and buns.
The conflict is based on many misunderstandings, and the author incorporates twists and turns as she tries to keep her bakery from bankruptcy. She ends with a lot of help from a Mr. Wolf. How she ends up making a success of her bakery and finds love makes this another HEA.
Belle moves into the penthouse part of the majestic hotel to do some finishing work in the library of the prince who lives there. Her father started the work, but became ill, and was unable to finish it. Since she had been helping him all her life, she was more than able to do the work.
The prince does not allow anyone to see him, as he was disfigured and his face was now scarred. Of course she does eventually meet the prince, and gradually they fall in love. Another sweet story I loved to read.
This clever twist on Snow White is different in that there are seven children involved, not seven dwarves. Her wicked stepmother got her a nanny job so that she, herself could spend more time with the widowed father. Of course, it didn’t work out that way, so she tried other ways to get rid of Shawna. I loved reading how this worked out. The kids were fun, and the father wonderful. Another HEA of course. This is, after all, a fairy tale and a romance!
Of course by this time, you have probably realized that this story is based on Goldilocks. This Goldie is supposed to be watching a little dog, and decides to stay for a couple of nights. The owner is not due back for a week.
Then the owner returns, along with his parents, and he insists that she pretend to be his girlfriend for them, as they are always trying to get him married off. This leads to fun and misadventure, and of course a HEA for her and for him.
This collection of short stories is delightful and different than the usual ones I usually read. They are all delightful and fun and I loved them all. I was hooked at the start and read this through in one sitting, ending with a sigh and a happy heart. I recommend them to any romantic with loves a fairy tale.
I give this 5/5 Flowers and can't wait to dig into the other Flirts!.