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Desperately Ever After Book Review

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Book three of this holiday was finished today! I’m sad to be leaving soon, back to normality and the boring aspects of every day life back home. But in the meantime, a brief review is called for I think. Have you read Desperately Ever After? If not, then come see what I thought of it!

About The Author

Laura Kenyon is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of three novels: Desperately Ever After, Damsels in Distress, and Skipping Midnight. She may not live in a castle, but has been blessed with a heroic prince charming, two beautiful princesses, and a noble steed. She posts random thoughts and announcements at www.laurakenyon.com.

Desperately Ever After book cover
Desperately Ever After Book Cover

The Blurb of Desperately Ever After

What would happen if our most beloved fairy tale princesses lived in the same time, 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 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 harbouring a secret that could ruin everything at any moment.

One part Sex and the City, two parts Real Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm, Desperately Ever After is an adult fairy tale that sprinkles women’s fiction with elements of fantasy… and asks readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings. With laughter, wine, and a brand-new take on old-fashioned chivalry, these friends see each other through life’s trials one secret at a time.

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Desperately Ever After

My Thoughts on Desperately Ever After

Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon was a pleasant book. It took me a while to get into the story, and getting used to Kenyon’s style of writing Desperately Ever After. But once I did, it was a very good read! Taking our favourite princesses and putting them in situations we ourselves have was a brilliant idea which turned out to be quite humorous at times. Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Dawn, Penelopea, Rapunzel and their respective husbands live in neighbouring kingdoms and are all good friends.

The good thing about this book was the way it was written with each character getting their own chapter and occasionally the chapters were separated by the gossip columnist giving a brief “behind the scenes”. However, I would say it was slow to get in to. Definitely would recommend for a light read! If you’re a fan of Sophie Kinsella or Julia Quinn, then Desperately Ever After is absolutely a must try book for you.

Desperately Ever After
Desperately Ever After

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but from the very first pages Laura Kenyon had me smiling from ear to ear, even if it took me a while to settle into Desperately Ever After. I think it was trying to read it so soon after finishing Carmilla that just threw me a little, because once I settled in OH MY GOD I couldn’t get enough of it. There was so much unexpected humour in this book and I enjoyed nearly every page once I got involved in it!

At first, Desperately Ever After felt quite anti-Disney. However by the end, I felt myself thinking that just maybe Laura Kenyon has figured out a way to ‘mature’ our childhood dream-princesses in real-life role models. Forget Once Upon A Time or Into The Woods, Laura Kenyon has found a way to make those fairy tales real, believable and inspirational again within Desperately Ever After. No more damsel in distress, useless without her prince, but modern day women struggling with and enjoying love.

Desperately Ever After
Desperately Ever After

Desperately Ever After is a wonderfully sarcastic, romantic and heart warming story about love and friendship with witty conversations, juicy clichés and a healthy dose of humour dotted throughout the novel. I cannot wait to read the sequel!

The book, Desperately Ever After, follows the life of a group of ‘girlfriends’ in their 20’s (… going on 30) which made me feel like I related to the characters. I mean, I know they’re that bit older than me and have a much more “adult” life than I do right now, but by taking the Disney princesses I grew up admiring and making them more human was a great challenge. And I believe it was well done. Meet Belle, Cinderella (or “Cindy” to her friendship group), Rapunzel, Snow White (known as “Snow” for short), Dawn (known to us as either Aurora or Sleeping Beauty if you’re thinking of your fairy tales) and Penelopea (the one with the magic peas)… and their ‘Ever After’. Notice it’s not necessarily their “Happily Ever After”? Because who knows what happens when the fairy tale ends… It’s sarcastic, it’s flirty, it’s cheeky, and it’s hilarious! The author gave those women and their stories such an interesting, contemporary spin with some magic and lots of humour. I couldn’t stop reading and my cheeks hurt from grinning. I haven’t shut up about this book since I read it. But onwards and upwards with the next book.

What’s next? Mom Con or The Housewife Assassins Handbook? Speak soon!

Desperately Ever After
Desperately Ever After

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