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Charming and uplifting, and high five to Gracie :)
on 12 August 2014
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
It's funny, I was sure that I have read Christine Stovell before but the little check that I've just made showed me the opposite. Must make up for this oversight quickly!
Only True in Fairy Tales is a cute, short story so my review is also going to be short. But not as cute as the story itself. It was a nice read but not one that stays with you for longer.
Eloise has some bad past behind her, when her late husband cheated on her and treated her very badly. She starts afresh in a village, working in tapestry and adopting a retired greyhound Gracie, who has a bad past behind as well. They have a lot in common, especially untrust towards men. Hookfield is a quiet, friendly village, but then a best - selling crime author Ross moves in opposite to Eloise's house. Will he be able to bring Eloise and Gracie's trust in people and love back?
Ross was totally charming, even if he was the author of some very bloody and gruesome scenes in the books that he's written, I liked him really from the very beginning, and I really enjoyed how he always appeared when either Eloise or Gracie needed help. A real knight on a white horse :) I also liked Eloise's family and their down - to - earth, easy - going attitude, their lines were the best in the book I think. But the best characters were I think the dogs, the Drama Queen Gracie and Wurst, Eloise's parents dachshund. It's really great that the author decided to make Gracie one of the characters and to bring up the problem of mishandling and abusing of the dogs. You're going to dislike Eloise's neighbour Brett immediately! But no worries, we only know that Gracie has bad past, there are not any scenes describing any dogs' mishandling, nonono!
There wasn't actually nothing very particular wrong with this book, it was a charming, uplifting, funny short story to brighten an evening or two but it is also not one that stays with you for too long. It was a light, enjoyable novella, with down - to - earth characters and light approach. I personally think that it would better work out as a full length novel. It has a lot of potential and Christine proves that she's a great story - teller, and I can't wait to try her other novel.
Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.