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- Print Length: 173 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 3, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084WJCG11
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Skylar is opening her own store, Carter is a builder. They meet one day when Carter’s little girl loses her purple rain boot. Skylar finds it and then searches the mall until she finds Everly.
Be warned there is also foul language in it.
In the end I liked the book but could have done without the profanity and the psychic.
Two things absolutely ruined the story for me:-
1. Just as the love story was winding down to the end, the H, “Mr Nice-Guy Carter” suddenly and without warning turned into “Mr Jerk-of-the-Year Carter.” His behavior was hurtful, unseemly, uncalled for, and emotionally abusive to the h, Skylar. She showed Carter forgiveness. I would have showed Carter the door.
2. Everly, the 3-Yr old. Oh, where to begin? The author blatantly took the character she described as a 3-yr-old toddler and gave her the personality and language skills of a 6 to 8 year old. It was obvious that the author realized she might be creating a believability problem with the toddler’s overinflated language skills because she attempted to explain away this glaring anomaly by including Dad’s lame narrative that Everly’s speech was beyond her years (actually waaay beyond - like about 3 to 5 years), “unless,” Dad continued, “she is overexcited or overwhelmed in certain situations.” The author then proceeded to gift Everly with an off-and-on speech impediment, which, I suppose was to convince readers that Everly was indeed 3 years old.
So, imagine, if you can, a 3-yr old - essentially a baby who looks like a child:- a child who is probably still being put down for a nap at least once a day; a child who may recognize some words in a picture book; a child who requires constant supervision, and, who is probably potty trained, but still has occasional accidents and may still be in pull-ups or training pants, and who still drinks from a sippy cup. Now, imagine further, this child-baby making the following remarks - on her own - without prompting or parroting:-
B. “It’s boring.”
C. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Fairy Godmother.”
D. “Don’t you think that lady was just so cool?”
E. “She called me a liar, so I pushed her.”
F. “I really felt like a pwincess. Not that you don’t make me feel like one every day, but she was almost likely sent from an angel.”
G. “We need to wash my hair, dry it and make it pwetty, for the pawty, and then I need to get out my dress.”
And, my personal favorite:-
H. “Well, Daddy, you see, I saw all the ingredients ready, and all the measuring cups were sitting out too, and you guys were taking so long ... and I didn’t have the patience to wait anymore ... so, I decided to start without you, but then I got a sneeze attack and ....“
At this point, I felt my intelligence was being deliberately insulted.
The above is by far not all of the egregious mischaracterizations of a 3-year-old, which the author expected her readers to swallow. It is too bad she did not make the character of Everly at least a 6 year old. It would not have hurt the story to do so, and Everly would have been believable. As it was, a character, who could have been truly adorable, was written as a comedic caricature merely to satisfy a self-serving idea of the author that the child should be a precocious, adorable, 3-year-old Daddy’s Girl who talked and acted 3 or 4 years older than her age.
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A Cinderella Story is the fantastic, sweet, enchanting debut novel from E.K. Woodcock. She took this amazing classic fairytale we all love and made her own. I think with these retellings the key is for the author to make it their own, and Woodcock did that. I can't wait to see what she brings us next.
What a surprise when they run into each other again. This time at the local coffee house. Now that Carter knows where she hangs out, he talks his work crew into taking their break there again so that he hopes to run into her.
This is a charming story with a twist. I hadn’t remembered the blurb when I started reading this story for review, it had been awhile since I’d signed up to review it, so when the twist came, I was a little taken aback. The story was proceeding along nicely, in my opinion, when seemingly out of the blue a monkey wrench was thrown into the mix. I really didn’t think the story needed the twist, and I was glad when it got all sorted out at by the end. This is a sweet HEA with little heat, which is a nice chance for me. I can’t wait to read more from this author and see where her writing takes her.
*I received an ARC of this story and this is my honest and voluntary review