Picture the women in the classic fairy tales and then drop them in modern times. Laura Kenyon was absolutely brilliant with her relatable and sassy take on these classics. The stories we were told as kids always had the princes being the rescuers and princesses the damsel in distress. Not something I could actually relate to as a little girl. Then here comes Laura, to paint the picture many women can grasp and understand,
We have Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Cinderella and Penelope; each with challenges what women today face. Some that even I grapple with in my personal life. Most of all I felt included . The plot I thought was brilliant. It is not easy to put a spin on stories that are already classics. Classics that are already cemented in the mind of more than one generations. Kenyon not only creates a modern version but she nails it! She answered the complex question for every little girl and boy who asked, "Is there really a 'happily ever after?' " Her reply was full of variety and texture and suited the kids who have now grown up and can understand this very adult answer.
I am a huge Sex and the City fan! *cues Sex and the City opening credits song* Yes, I actually have the song in my playlist. I loved Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones. Kenyon threw in a little Samantha Jones flavour in the modernized character of Rapunzel. She was successful, sexy, sassy and sharp at the tongue. Not to mention her life style of no strings attached sex and the fabulous living. I instantly liked her flair. She was the perpetually single friend and I was here for it honey, yaasss!. Then comes Belle, the soft, doe-eyed romantic. She fantasized about having a loving family but her dreams were persistently stepped on by her selfish husband and his infidelity. Yet we saw her with the help of her friends, grow thicker skin and a sturdier spine as she began a new chapter in her life....without Donner. Cinderella grappled with turning 30, being a mother and queen before she was ready. I'm not in her shoes but I could empathize. Dawn feared her sleeping curse would take her back and Penelope revealed a secret she kept about the fateful night she slept atop those magical peas.
But with everyone facing their own reality, a bigger storm brews. All their happily ever afters were based on fate and magic. It appears, that walking away or breaking from their mold could bring everything crashing down .
Laura Kenyon brought fairy tale to real life with a clever plot, realistic make overs of the characters and made their happily ever after tangible. I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. Luckily for us the fun and drama continues with two more books. This one is a great read if you like to see ladies save each other and draw strength from each other. I give this one four (4) stars.
Hello, I'm Tammy and I love books! I love writing and reading them. I love them so much I just can't stop talking about them.