Have you ever been misunderstood? Either because someone read something more into what you were saying or because they didn’t read into it what you hoped they would?
I’ve found that it is easy to second guess things people say. Some people hint around, hoping you will pick up on what they are really intending.
I once had asked a friend at work if she was available for lunch. She told me that she was already going to be eating with another friend and suggested I could join them. It took me a few minutes to reply because my first thought was “is she only asking to be nice – but really hopes I’ll say no?” And there and then I decided I was not going to second guess any longer. I was going to take what people say at face value. Because if they don’t mean what they say, it’s their problem, and if they do, won’t they be offended if I don’t believe them?
But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.
Finding Ever After: four fairytale-ish novellas
by Rachel McMillan, Ashley Clark, Betsy St. Amant
Publication Date February 14, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Setting: Alabama Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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.
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.
I would like to thank Ashley Clark for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Beauty and the Beast meets Sweet Home Alabama
Debut author Ashley Clark has written an engaging story of second chances.
Sawyer had broken Emma Jane’s heart when he left college and she broke their engagement when she thought he was just after her family’s pecan farm. If only they had communicated better!
While the ties to Beauty and the Beast are subtle, if you look for them they are there. Although it is difficult to picture Sawyer as a beast by any stretch of the imagination. I have to admit that it was someone else who mentioned the similarity to Sweet Home Alabama. After I heard that I had to really think about it. But, yes. It is there. Minus the cruder elements.
Sawyer is charming and still so in love with Emma Jane. He is fighting to get her back. She is determined not to trust him but he makes it very difficult.
I enjoyed this delightful story. The dialog is witty, the characters endearing, and the surprises along the way made for an enjoyable time spent reading.
Currently, Twice Upon a Time is only available as part of the Finding Ever After collection, but it will be released as a stand-alone in the near future.