by Chauncey Rogers
Publisher: Chauncey Rogers
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
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Reviewed by Megan
I received a copy of this book from the
author in exchange for my honest review. The gifting
of this book in no way influenced my review and
all opinions expressed within are entirely my own.
I have a serious fairytale addiction. Have you noticed? And, though an ARC of this book in no way influenced my review, I must commend Chauncey Rogers on knowing his market. Happily is right up my alley.
This is a retelling of one of my favorite stories, Cinderella. Although, it’s nothing like the usual retellings. Right from the beginning, we see that this story doesn’t center around a woman who went to the ball, fell madly in love with the Prince, and dashed away at midnight in a pumpkin and a dress made by a fairy godmother.
So, why pick this book up?
Because, in its originality, Happily still stays perfectly true to its classic fairytale origins. The King’s men are still searching for the woman who ran from the ball, leaving behind an enormous, oddly shaped glass slipper.
The story starts with Laure, the main character, already in the palace. She’s about to marry the Prince and is telling her story. Then we see her as a homeless, orphaned thief. I felt sorry for Laure, but then she opens her mouth and she is so negative and snarky that you stop feeling sorry for her. I did, however, enjoy her attitude. Then she meets Luc. ❤ Be still my heart, oh Luc, ever the gentleman.
To be fair, Laure jumps on his cart of fabrics and crashes it into the mote as she’s trying to escape from the man she stole money from. Classy, Laure.
Basically, it’s the worst day of Luc’s life. One thing leads to another and they are on this adventure to find someone who can make a glass slipper to match the ginormous one and they’re going to *attempt* to fool the royal family into making Laure their princess. Good luck 😉
Every page of this story has adventure on it. And then, you have the budding friendship (and maybe more *wink*) between Laure and Luc. I really enjoyed their interactions, as it gave the story an entirely new layer of depth. The twist at the end was also something I didn’t expect.
Because I am obsessed with them, I have to touch on the cover . . .
This is one of the simplest, yet one of my favorite Cinderella covers. Just the slipper. Simple, elegant. I have seen many covers where there’s always a pretty girl on the cover. But the focus of Cinderella, in my mind, has always been the glass slipper. What other story has a glass slipper in it? And Happily showcases that.
I loved this book and really hope Chauncey Rogers starts working on some of my other fairytales *hint hint* 🙂 Perhaps Beauty & the Beast, or Alice in Wonderland! He has definitely made his way onto my auto-buy author list and I look forward to seeing what else he creates in the future!
Now I’m off to write my own fairytale . . .