I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Happily Never After by Emma Robinson
Also by this author: The Undercover Mother, One Way Ticket to Paris
Published by Bookouture on 10th July 2018
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance, Romance
Source: from Netgalley
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Rory closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…
Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.
She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…
But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.
Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. I loved Emma’s Last book The Undercover Mother so when I saw this one I jumped at the chance to be part of the tour.
Rory is quite sick of everyone trying to get her to find a man. She’s single mum to 16 year old Belle, works all hours as a teacher and has just taken on a ‘project’ house. She hasn’t got time for a man even is she wanted one. I really liked Rory. She genuinely cares about her students, she wants to help everyone but she just doesn’t seem to have time for herself.
I loved the fairytale references throughout the book. I love fairytales and retellings and all things like that so these little references made me smile.
This might be a rom-com but its not your average rom-com. It also looked at some real serious issues like grief, loneliness, life limiting illnesses just to name a few. This is not by any means a heavy story but it wasn’t all roses and fairytales either.
This book has a tag line of laugh out loud funny. I would say it has some funny parts but not laugh out loud, ROFL kind of funny. However it’s a brilliant story which I struggled to put down.
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