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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 6 books toward her goal of 90 books.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happily Ever After Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology) by Jessica Day George, Julie Wright, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines

{Product Details}

  • Title: Happily Ever After Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology) 
  • Authors: Jessica Day George, Julie Wright, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Julie Daines
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Press (October 24, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075855VPW
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Synopsis}

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. 

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.

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{My Review}

I have always loved reading the Timeless Romance Anthologies but this one was so very different from the rest. In this anthology original fairy tales are retold and given a fresh, new twist. I've loved the past few years and how fairy tales have been given a new life with the retellings. Readers will find well written novellas by experienced authors. They are also authors whose work I read quite often so I knew before starting this book that I was in for good storytelling. Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!

It's hard for me to pick which story I liked the most. All of them were so unique and creative. Of course each one held a touch of magic and romance. 

I've always loved Beauty and the Beast stories so Black Fern was especially exciting to read. I loved how the "Beast" was  portrayed in this story. He was so different from any other I'd read before. The love story is my favorite out of the six in the book. 

 I also like the fun Western twist in The Mail Order Princess from the original fairy tale of The Wild Swans or also know as The Six Swans. I loved how it took place in America out in the old west.

The Miller's Daughter, taken from Rumplestiltskin, was written with a clever plot that made it exciting and refreshing. I truly liked the courageous Thomas Rumple. 

The Pebbled Path was so uncommon and unexpected from the normal Hansel and Gretel stories we've always heard. This story is full of magic and I really loved the couple in this novella.

Scarlett was perhaps the most exciting as Scarlett and August battled against the fierce wolf pack. Their love story was also very believable because of their long history together. By far this is my favorite Red Riding Hood story I've ever encountered.

Finally, So Rare a Power, the story of the Snow Queen who kidnaps Patrick away from Stella wanting the mysterious power that she thinks Patrick has. It was fun to find out what that power was and this story had the best "life lesson" out of all of them. 

As you could see, I truly enjoyed reading each story and relishing the joy of reading a book full of fairy tales. No matter your age, there is still something thrilling about getting lost in the fairy tales of old.

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