by Elizabeth Maxwell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
on March 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs. Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking... places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all.
Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell is a fun, quirky, contemporary romance with a twist of magic. Sadie Fuller is a middle-aged, divorced, mother who writes erotic fiction at night. When a character from her latest book suddenly appears in this world, things get, well, complicated. Mini review: humor, a little romance, and some self-discovery make this quirky tale memorable.
Sadie Fuller is a pudgy, successful, divorced, mini-van driving Mom. She wakes one morning to find that the word count on her newest manuscript has increased. Not only that but the story has taken a new direction and she cannot remember writing it. A trip to Target goes wonky when she stumbles upon a disoriented man who looks vaguely familiar. She suddenly finds her little piece of the universe turned upside down and anything but dull as she aids this man. The tale that unfolds is cute, funny and unique.
The characters in Happily Ever After are very realistic, aside from those in her novel. Maxwell does a wonderful job of fleshing out Sadie, and I think most woman will identify with aspects of her character. I found myself laughing aloud at her thoughts and actions. Her characters resemble the ones she has written but suddenly they are taking on their own characteristics and creating their own memories. Ooo and there is one pissed off witch. Sadie’s Friday “lunch date” was an interesting thread, and I liked how the relationship developed. The romance was real, awkward, sweet and genuine.
Happily Ever After was a story within a story, as we followed both Sadie and her characters. We get tidbits of the erotic novel that Sadie is writing, and it steamed up the pages but then the story shifts to Sadie’s life, and it was refreshingly realistic. Well aside from her characters running around. Maxwell gives us a raw and up-close look at the life of a middle age single Mom from dating to sex. Sadie’s snarky attitude just made me giggle. From dealing with noisy neighbors to spandex support Maxwell is blunt and hilarious. One cannot help but feel sorry for Sadie as we see how her life has unfolded. It was delightful watching Sadie find herself as she worked to help her characters. While it is necessary to suspend belief regarding the “character element” Maxwell kept me entertained.
If you are looking for a unique, quirky and humorous romance, Happily Ever After may be for you.