Thanks to Laura Kenyon for allowing us a free copy of this book for review for the blog tour. As a lover of fairytales this was a really intriguing book, which asks what happens after the happily ever after?
Think part fairytale with a splash of desperate housewives and a dash of Sex and City and you’ve got a cracking cocktail of a book. The narrative comes from the point of view of each princess with a few gossip columns and it features the main fairytale princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Dawn (Sleeping Beauty) a few years after their happy ever afters.
We find Belle pregnant but learning her husband has cheated on her, she runs to her closest friends the other princesses who rally round her and help her to move on as they too deal with their own lives.
Cindy is turning 30 and after marriage and children she is coming to terms with the aging process as she aims to fit back into that magical ballgown, whilst dealing with her distant husband
Rapunzel shows the world a strong independent woman, but is she secretly the one who has dealt with the most? Finding herself afraid to trust and love, but meeting a tempting stranger.
I found the book a bit slow to get into at first but I’m glad I stuck with it because the book was spell binding, a real honest tale of life that shows the bond between friends and that happily ever after isn’t necessarily the ending or the truth.
Every character has flaws that make them real, and their story resonates off the page. I loved the transformation of Belle from controlled wife to independent woman and the friendships of the women seemed true to life with the ups and downs, and the ending was also true to the story and the character.
You also get a glimpse of the princes of the story as well and even a new one in the form of Rapunzel’s mystery man Ethan, and again they are all different and flawed proving that fairytale Princes aren’t always perfect.
The story is such a great twist on the fairytales and so modern and true to life!
I loved this book and can’t wait for more from Laura in future!
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2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Chick-Lit Finalist!
Amazon Top 100 seller for both Women’s Fiction Fantasy and Humor!
“Laura Kenyon makes happily ever after desperately delicious!” ~ Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties
“At times laugh-out-loud funny, and at times very touching, Desperately Ever After is the debut of a real talent.” ~ Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept and The Letter
“If you are looking for a fun and gossipy story to satisfy the holes left when Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives had their series finales (or even if you’re going through Once Upon a Time withdrawal come season finale time) look no further than Desperately Ever After.” ~ Chick Lit Central
“An explosive cocktail that will have you laughing out loud and wanting more and more!” ~ Lost in Chick Lit
“Kenyon’s colorful imagery and often quick, lighthearted style makes it easy to keep flipping pages.” ~ New Canaan Advertiser
“Desperately Ever After is a brilliant and fun read that makes fairy tale characters relatable to the modern world in a seamless fashion! Definitely worth a read!” ~ Trips Down Imagination Road
“Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After is part Disney princess, part Sex in the City, and part TMZ Celebrity Gossip Site … and it’s fabulous!” ~ Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie, Keep Calm and Write On
Desperately Ever After
30th January 2014
A finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards 2014! Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times Bestselling author of Big Girl Panties, says "Laura Kenyon makes happily ever after desperately delicious!"
Imagine what might happen if our most beloved fairy tale princesses were the best of friends and had the dreams, dilemmas, and libidos of the modern woman. How would their stories unfold after the wedding bells stopped ringing? Set in a fictional realm based on New York City, DESPERATELY EVER AFTER sprinkles women’s fiction with elements of fantasy, and encourages readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings.
Years after turning her husband from beast back to man and becoming his queen, Belle finds out she’s finally going to have a child. But before she can announce the wondrous news, she catches him cheating and watches her “happily ever after” go up in flames. Turning to her friends for the strength to land with grace, she realizes she’s not the only one at a crossroads:
Cinderella, a mother of four drowning in royal duties, is facing her 30th birthday and questioning everything she’s done (or hasn’t) with her life.
Rapunzel, a sex-crazed socialite and one-woman powerhouse, is on a self-destructive quest to make up for 20 years locked away in a tower.
Penelopea, an outsider with a mother-in-law from hell, is harboring a secret that could ruin everything at any moment.
One part Sex and the City, two parts Desperate Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm, DESPERATELY EVER AFTER picks up where the original tales left off—and reimagines them a la Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. With the wit of authors like Jennifer Weiner and the vision of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, the women of DESPERATELY EVER AFTER rescue each other from life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a scandalous new take on happily ever after.