All You Need Is Love
Fairy Tale Adaptation/Retelling
December 29, 2020
If love is the source of all the magic in the universe, and the town of Ever After, Missouri, is the epicenter of enchantment, then the locals are in dire need of a reboot. At least according to resident fairy godmothers Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. Their solution? Blow a bit of fairy dust in the direction of those in need of romance...what could possibly go wrong?
SOME KIND OF AWFUL...
Lucky Fujiki's first name is a cosmic joke. Her luck is so bad, even the number seven steers clear of her. But when her adorable godmothers ask for a favor, Lucky can't say no--even if she can already feel the bad juju waiting to strike. And her mission is even worse than she imagined: to promote Ever After as a wedding destination by faking a marriage to her first love and long-time ex, Ransom Payne--he of the Embarrassing Incident that neither of them will ever live down...
OR ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL?
Ransom Payne has spent years building an impressive new reputation for himself, and now his godmothers want him to pretend to wed the one girl he'd like most to forget? Sure, weddings in Ever After could be a huge boon for his chocolate business, but risking more up-close-and-personal time with Lucky? Considering the stakes, it's a curse he'll have to bear, at the risk of being humiliated--or perhaps, bewitched...
You Deserve the Best…and Other Clichés: A Love Story
I really wanted to like Fairy Godmothers Inc., a magical second chance romance seemed like just the way to start the holiday season. But alas, while I didn’t hate it, I also had a hard time getting through it. The Godmothers were funny, forward-thinking ladies, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to carry the whole story. The main characters, Lucky and Ransom just didn’t do it for me– they were whiny and predictable, and I never really bought into the idea that their love was doomed. The supporting cast was similarly disappointing, being too one dimensional to add much spice or drama to the plot. The story relied heavily on fortune cookie advice: love her for herself, believe you are worthy, everyone deserves a happily ever after, etc. etc.
So, now that my gripes are out of the way, I will say that there were some aspects of Fairy Godmothers Inc. that I enjoyed enough to get me through the book. The alternate identities of familiar fairytale characters was well done, with Rosebud Briar (Sleeping Beauty) operating a magical clothier, Goldilocks working as a bar maid at a mining themed pub run by seven dwarves named after types of beer, and Red and Grammy (a werewolf) making the best baked goods this side of the Mississippi. The talking animals were hilarious, with a cardinal named Bronx actually making me laugh out loud more than once. And while the story lacked any believable tension or sense of foreboding, the ending was sweet, and exactly what one would want from a happily ever after. All in all, while Fairy Godmothers Inc. has not become my new favorite book, it is one that I would recommend to help pass the time with a few laughs and awws thrown in for good measure.
Meghan is a coffee connoisseur, devoted milspouse, and exhausted momma to a three year old daughter and three dogs. She enjoys hiking, glamping, and traveling. You are mostly likely to find her reading good books in a hammock with a view of the ocean or mountains.