Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.
Between Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.
Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.
Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm … and the ex-fiance she left behind.
Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.
A cute series of books, these four stories follow the path of a book (a collection of fairy tales) over the years, from 1913 to a contemporary setting. As a lifelong fan of fairytales and romance novels, I knew this would be my kind of book.
Overall the stories were cute, but not incredible. I don’t mind romance tropes if they’re combined with great storytelling and characters, but I’m not a fan of reflective storytelling (lots of thinking and analyzing). There’s a lot of reflective storytelling in these stories. There were also quite a few mistakes in the book; if you can’t read past some editorial mistakes, those will probably make you crazy.
Overall, it’s a bit predictable at times, but it’s a cute read if you enjoy novella collections and reflective romance novels.