|Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM|
Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon is a fun, smart read with great imagination and razor sharp wit. This work of women’s fiction fantasy focuses on the princesses from Grimm’s tales. “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?... 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.” (from publisher’s website)
I love how the author transfers the princesses from Grimm’s days to modern life, injecting their stories with humor and adding quirks to their personalities. I especially enjoyed reading their backstories that included fun facts (like how Cinderella hated her glass slippers because they were so uncomfortable), and secrets from the past coming to light (especially with Rapunzel’s mysterious past)—with exciting twists and interesting details added by the author’s creative hand.
Cinderella’s storyline was probably my favorite because I could really relate to her as a mom. But the princess with which I’m most intrigued is Dawn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty). She’s married to a prince she doesn’t seem too much in love with anymore, and is trying to acclimate to modern life (which is a struggle considering she was asleep for three-hundred-years). I’m excited to hear that book 2 in the series will be a bit more focused on her and Snow White.
This book is smart, funny, and so well done that it’s no surprise it was an Amazon top seller in its category. This is great storytelling—the type that every reader wants to sink their teeth into— and I give it my highest recommendation.
(And I can’t wait to read book 2—Laura tweeted me that it’ll be out August 20th!)
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