Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Isabella Austin Evangelista’s life miracles never happen… she knows she’s destined to be the princess who’s stuck in the middle of a fairytale where there will be no happily ever after.

Once upon a time, Prentice Cameron loved Isabella Austin until he discovered she was a spoiled, rich girl who spent her summers toying with his heart.

Life led Prentice to his own fairytale, the love of the full-of-life Fiona Sawyer. That being so, that fairytale was torn away when Fiona died of a brain tumor leaving Prentice with a house to keep clean, piles of laundry to be done, a business to run and two children who were getting tired of takeaway.

But Isabella comes back to Prentice’s tiny fishing town and she sweeps into his children’s lives like a beautiful, well-dressed fairy godmother who bakes exquisite chocolate cakes and gives the perfect manicure to six year old girls. Then Prentice finds out Isabella’s soul destroying secrets, secrets that explain why she left him so many years ago.

Fiona, stuck in her village and forced to haunt her family and watch Prentice and Isabella’s crazy dance, finds the impossible happening. She’s cheering for Bella and Prentice to rekindle their love. Then she finds out why she’s caught in her heartbreaking haunting and discovers she must embrace her magic and keep Bella safe or Bella’s fairytale will never come true.

Ok, I have to be honest here, I put off reading this book because I knew the hero's dead wife was the ghost in question and she'd get a pov. I was torn on how that made me feel, and I honestly didn't think I'd go for it. I'm not usually a fan of one of the mc's having a deceased lover as it makes me feel like their feelings for the other mc won't be as strong and all consuming as they were for their lost love. I don't like love triangles, even if one of the people in question is dead. Harsh, maybe. But that's how I feel. But I digress...

So I was in a KA mood, and since the book I really want to read *cough* Midnight Soul *cough* isn't released yet, I was scanning her list of books to see if there were any that I hadn't read yet. Shocker, I know, but there were a couple. Fairytale Come Alive being one. So I thought why the hell not.

I read this book in 2 1/2 days. Including putting in eight hours at work on both ;) I didn't want to put it down! I loved it, as I typically do when it comes to a KA book! There were all the feels in this book and even though in the beginning, when Fiona's pov came around, I was hesitant about it. But by the end, I found myself wishing for more of her pov! I kept thinking, "what is Fiona thinking about this?!" during random parts of the book. I really didn't expect that, and I was glad to find my initial reservations were not founded.

I really enjoyed the story and seeing Elle and Prentice find their way back to each other. It was a beautiful love story that had some frustrating parts, as well as funny and sad parts all mixed in to create one hell of a great book! The characters were all great, and I loved Pren's kids. The epilogue was especially cry worthy and I'm not ashamed to admit I got chills and teary eyed. I really enjoyed this book and I can't recommend it enough! :)

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