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A Happily Ever After of Her Own (Ever After 1)

A Happily Ever After of Her Own (Ever After 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nadia Lee
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Melinda Lightfoot, a preschool teacher with an unusual ability to flit in and out of fairy tales, never thought she would get into trouble...

...until the Fairy Tale Police arrest her while she is in Beauty and the Beast. They offer her a deal: Find Beauty, who left the story when Melinda trespassed into it, or be charged with the ultimate crime -- Fairy Tale Killer. If that's not bad enough the Beast tags along in search of his true love, and Melinda starts falling for the fairy tale prince. She must choose between doing the right thing and having her own happily ever after.

Warning: This title contains the following: Fairy Godmother, the Wicked Witch, dysfunctional fairy tale families, ax-wielding executioners and a happily ever after (or two).

Length: Novella

This book includes a bonus excerpt from the sequel One Kiss (Ever After Book 2).

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 189 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Four Isles Press (28 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NSC5YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, got bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband, son, winter white hamsters and an ever-widening pile of books. When she's not writing, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine yourself reading one of your favourite novels and then plouff you are suddenly in it! And changing the course of the story! That is exactly what happens to Melinda Lightfoot, an American, girl-next-door preschool teacher, who is suddenly on the bench before a tribunal accused of trespassing in a fairy tale!

She was punctual and loved her students; missing class without calling in so the school could find a suitable substitute was simply unimaginable. Then again, even if she could have called, what would she have told them?

"I'm in Fairy Tale Jail for trespassing, kidnapping Beauty from Beauty and the Beast and ruining a perfectly good happy ending."

And from there the story unfolds...

I have to say that Nadia Lee gripped me right from the beginning, the imaginative start to this novella sucked me in and I read on wanting to discover more about the classic fairy tale characters and learn what would happen with Melinda and the mandatory fairy tale HEA.

Here we get the real deal, what readers don't know about fairy tales: that Fairy Godmother has two sons: Edward (the cursed prince of Beauty and the Beast) and Charming (yeah, you guessed it right, the irresistibly handsome prince). The evil Wicked Witch is Fairy Godmother's baby sister and it was Edward's own aunt who cursed him because he deigned to call her Auntiee Beet! Really, you never knew this was what actually happened, did you?

A Happily Ever After of Her Own is a little gem of a story: it is incredibly original, witty and tongue in cheek funny, entertaining and of course romantic. I loved how it broke all the conventional rules and became such a modern retelling yet stayed true to the spirit and message of fairy tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review 3 July 2014
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I received a copy of A Happily Ever After of Her Own in exchange for my review.

Melinda has always been able to flit in and out of the fairy tales she reads, but this time it went wrong. While reading Beauty and the Beast she is arrested and it is revealed that Beauty has been captured by the Evil Witch and taken to her own world. Sent back to retrieve them, Melinda has the help of the Beast, in his human form, and she can't help but feel the attraction and affection between her and Edward. But Melinda can't steal Edward's happy ending with Beauty, especially when she is doing all she can to get the two of them back together.

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I've already read and loved Nadia Lee's Hearts on the Line series (well what is released of it!) which is contemporary romance, but I must say that there is something magical about fairy tales that just can't be beaten, and the author has definitely respected to, and added to, the tradition. In fact there was one point where I actually had to stop to consider Beauty and the Beast and I don't think I'll look at it the same again (though considering the TV show Once Upon a Time changed that forever by making the Beast be Rumpelstiltskin - which I think was a brilliant move I might add).

Though most of the book took on the more traditional fairy tale style, I couldn't help but feel a kind of Alice in Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass (sorry I think putting both is something to do with being a book addict!) vibe, particularly from the porcupines, which I liked! There was much less crazy that in Carroll's books, and it flowed seamlessly into the rest of the fairy tale.

I loved the interactions between Melinda and Edward.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale 6 Jan 2014
By Tania
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This not a great book. I love fairy tales, especially the spin some authors manage to put in them. This one though is not a good one. The storyline was actually a great one but you don't really like any of the characters and are bored by the end of the book.

It is a quick read though so try it anyway, you never know you may love it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, quick read 1 Jun 2010
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Melinda Lightfoot is a preschool teacher who is able to go in and out of fairy tales. She doesn't believe it's really happening until she's arrested by the Fairy Tale Police while she is in the Beauty and The Beast. She's able to make a deal with them-find Beauty, who left the tale when Melinda entered it or be charged with the crime of Fairy Tale Killer. All is going smoothly until Melinda meets the Beast and starts to fall for him. Will she find make sure that the story ends correctly or keep the beast for her own happily ever after?

This is a delightful story & it's for those of us who have always wondered what happened after the words "happily ever after" were written in the fairy tales we read. I loved Melinda's spirit, and the Beast is so swoon-worthy. This is a wonderful, quick read. It's a new twist on an old favorite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern-Day Fairytale! 23 July 2011
By Brenna - Published on
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This is such a lovely little novella! It's a very quick read (the PDF copy I received was only 60 pages), but reads just like a modern-day fairytale filled with quirks and witty lines.

Keeping in mind that this reads like a fairytale, expect it to move at the pace of a fairytale as well. Melinda falls in love very quickly (but really, compare that to any other fairytale and it's about the average length of time to fall in love). Normally this would be a complaint of mine with the book, but I have no problem enjoying fairytales where the hero and heroine fall for each other quickly and so I don't hold it against this novella either.

My favourite part of the book is how they try to break down the ideal of a "happily ever after". It questions exactly what "ever after" means and how does one achieve their ever after "happily"? I believe this would be the basic moral of the story, and it's refreshing to see this idea, which is often taken for granted, challenged here yet still put in a positive light.

I've read reviews comparing this to Shrek, and they do have a similar feel. I really think Lee's world would be a fun fairytale world to explore in other books as well, but this is a grea tlittle taste for now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story 1 Jun 2013
By April Lambert - Published on
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I really enjoyed this short story. I plan to purchase the remaining series. I love stories that put a new twist on our childhood fairytales
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful fairy tale romp 4 Jun 2010
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I absolutely loved this novella. As someone who grew up steeped in fairy tales, it was so fun to see Lee's take on the fairy tale world. The humor reminded me of Shrek but with better romance and is sure to appeal. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 4 Jun 2010
By LKRigel - Published on
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If one ounce of the joy of Story remains within your heart after all these years of Life on Planet Earth, you will laugh out loud several times over the course of this novella.

It is a delight.
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