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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2014
Eloise lives a relatively quiet life focusing on her tapestry design business and her rescue dog Gracie. She has long given up on love as her past relationships haven’t ended well. Will she change her mind after crime writer Ross moves into a Gothic style house across the road from her?

Only True in Fairy Tales is not your conventional boy meets girl and they fall in love story, which is what I expected from this book after reading its title. This novella, however, has so much more substance and plot revelations to offer than a “simple” love story. All the way through I had to idea how this book would pan out.

Only True in Fairy Tales can easily be read in one sitting. I am positively surprised at how much content there was in this novella. I was left wanting more of its main characters and would love to read a sequel to this book (hint to the author: please write more about these characters :-)).

This novella is such a well written and romantic story with lead characters that need to find out how superficial it is to judge someone from a first meeting. In order to fully appreciate each other, they need to learn so much more about one another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, Only True in Fairy Tales. It's a really sweet story, in which you easily become absorbed and find yourself caring about the hero and heroine - and Gracie the dog!

Tapestry designer, Eloise, has lived a somewhat secluded life in the village into which she'd moved two years previously. Trying to put an unhappy past behind her, she lives alone with a retired greyhound Gracie, who'd been badly treated by her former owners.

When the grand house opposite Eloise's small cottage is brought by someone from outside the village and the new owner throws a moving-in party, her curiosity about the interior of the house overcomes her reluctance to go to a social event, and she attends the party.

While there, she slips away from the crowd of guests and illicitly explores the house, increasingly critical of the impersonal, sterile interior design and the lack of colours which would have enhanced the Gothic features. Turning away from the balcony to go back into the building, she finds herself stepping 'into the barrier of a solid male chest'. The chest belongs to the good-looking owner, Ross, a successful crime author.

Instantly finding Ross attractive, Eloise has to pull herself up sharply and remind herself that she doesn't want any messy entanglements, not now that she was at last putting the past behind her and settling down. She was happy living alone with Gracie, and that was how it was going to stay.

Or so she thought.

I won't spoil the novella for you by telling you any more, but will just repeat that this was a thoroughly enjoyable story, fluently written, with likeable characters - apart from Brett, that is - and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Eloise loves Hookfield. Her cottage is a safe haven for her and the beautiful house across the street has been a source of inspiration for her work. She designs tapestries. When a famous crime author buys Prospect House she's immediately impressed. Ross is a gentleman, but Eloise doesn't want to think about love at all. She's been damaged in the past and she wants to stay in her own, safe world together with her scared rescue dog, Gracie. Eloise and Ross keep running into each other and he helps her out of a few dire situations. Will Ross be able to make Eloise change her mind?

Eloise's had a troubled past and that makes her vulnerable and headstrong at the same time. I loved her character, the way she looked and her creativity. The descriptions of both houses and the surroundings were wonderful. I really liked the village life. Gracie is also quite special and she and Eloise are a great pair. Ross is a kind man, but he isn't always easy to communicate with, especially not when something inspires him. Only True in Fairy Tales is a sweet and romantic novella that is great because of a strong story with two beautiful and artistic main characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
A truly feel good story with the added attraction of a rather lovely dog.The author has the ability to describe her characters and scenes so vividly that you are immediately transported into the story with clear images in your mind.Her writing is elegantly crafted and the story , with its ups and downs ,a joy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
“Only true in fairy tales” is an enchanting novella and another magical tale from Christine Stovell. I got swept away with Eloise and her over active imagination and fell in love.

Eloise must have read too many gothic romances in her past and the result is endearing. She reminded me of Catherine Moorland from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey but in a modern-day setting – but even more charming.

Ross Farrell is a mysterious new-comer, who has the brooding qualities of a writer and is so utterly charming. Then adding the adorable Gracie to the mix- equals a heart warming story. My only complaint about this novella is that I wished it was full length. I didn’t want it to end so soon.

“Only true in fairy tales” is beautifully written and just the perfect size for sneaking off with for an afternoon treat. If you deserve a treat, then this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2014
I'm addicted to Christine's deliciously charming writing, and this sweet novella is exactly the right size for weekend away, which is how I recently enjoyed it. Although it follows the traditional story arc of girl-meets-boy, boy-initially-seems-a-bit-dodgy-but (without wanting to spoil the ending) all-eventually-comes-right-in-the-end, what makes Christine's stories so special is the beautifully described settings and closely observed characters, who are all completely engaging as individuals – even the minor ones – as well as the regular ingenious injections of giggle-out-loud humour. Whilst working beautifully on the level of escapist romance, in all Christine's stories, there is also a subtle undercurrent of moral wisdom, making them doubly satisfying. The dog, of course, is a lovely character, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2014
When Ross Farrell (best selling crime writer, who obviously has a disturbed imagination to invent the gruesome crimes he comes up with…right…?) moves into the grand Prospect House, just down the road from tapestry designer Eloise, it is not him she is interested in, but the mysterious, gothic house that he’s now residing in. Eloise has been hurt in the past and doesn’t believe in romance and happy ever after. She’s happy living with her timid greyhound, Gracie, and certainly doesn’t need any pesky men in her life, complicating things.

Taking an immediate dislike to Ross, his ‘girlfriend’ Kim and the modern renovation of Prospect House, Eloise is disgruntled to find herself in a series of difficult situations in which Ross seems to always come to her rescue. How unreasonable of him!

However, the more she gets to know Ross the more Eloise discovers that he doesn’t seem so bad after all. Firstly his ‘girlfriend’ isn’t all that she seems and secondly it might be quite nice to have someone look out for her for a change…

But can Eloise allow Ross into her life? He’s the writer of gruesome murders (although her own mum might be a fan, that’s beside the point) and what if Eloise ends up getting hurt again? After all, love is only true in fairy tales…isn’t it?

I knew I was going to like this story as soon as I learnt there was a Dachshund in it…Sorry, sorry, it had to be mentioned!
In all seriousness Only True in Fairy Tales is a gloriously fun, enjoyable novella. I liked the fairy tale theme that ran throughout the story and Eloise made for a great heroine. Ross was also a charming character and you’ll be desperately hoping that the two end up getting together.

My favourite character was of course, Wurst, Eloise’s parent’s miniature dachshund, but he’s only in the story briefly. Eloise’s greyhound Gracie is adorable too and will certainly break your heart (and have you strongly disliking her neighbour Brett Dorling-Jones! Grrrr) If you’re a dog-lover then this novel is bound to appeal to you as Gracie adds a heart warming touch to proceedings.

Only True in Fairy Tales is a magical gem of a novella; however I almost wish that it had been a full length novel as I felt there was so much more to these characters that we could discover and I would love to get to know them a little better.
Brilliantly written, great cast (of both the human and animal variety!) Only True in Fairy Tales is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon…
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2014
I really enjoyed this.

Whilst it is a typical girl meets boy story, it's told in such a wonderful way. It's almost as if the author has weaved magic through her writing and really brought the characters to life.
I couldn't put down it because I desperately wanted to know what happened next, always a sign of a good book.
I even cared about Gracie, the rescue greyhound, so much so, that it encouraged us to go to a greyhound rescue centre, and we will soon have our very own Gracie :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2014
A truly charming read.

Occasionally I feel in the mood for a novella. Something quick and easy but still meaty enough to capture my attention and imagination. This was exactly that - and with the added bonus of well-crafted characters (and also a dog you just want to scoop up and cherish). Wholeheartedly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2014
As other reviewers have noted, this is a charming short story with real depth. Christine Stovell has skilfully managed to incorporate a surprising amount of detailed description into this novella. The descriptions of the houses made you want to be curled up reading at Eloise's house with Gracie's head on your lap! Gracie is the star of the show, and I say this as someone who isn't a dog person, but she easily won me over. I was having an awful week at work when I read this and having it to take my mind off things on the train journey home really cheered me up. I'm a big fan of the author and this is my favourite of her stories to date, a really sweet romantic tale, perfect for curling up to read on a rainy afternoon.
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