BOOK 1: Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon
BOOK 2: Damsels in Distress
Skipping Midnight description:
One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives. Three parts Brothers Grimm.
For the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack.
Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke a magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.
Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss.
At heart, it’s a tale of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.
This is one of my favorite series, and one of the best twists on fairy tales that I’ve read. How she has weaved this story in a modern sort of setting, and yet so enriched with the kingdoms and magic, has been so much fun to read. This book does a great job of tying up all the loose ends. Kenyon rotates through all the characters with such ease that it keeps the story moving along and engages each one of them in this search for the truth. I love how she keeps you guessing until the end, as they gather bits and pieces of the full story, and how they begin to try and understand what’s really happening to all of them, and what the ultimate end game is. But what I think helps set this series apart from so many others is how Kenyon is able to take these old fairy tale princesses and make them so relevant for today, and for anyone searching for their own happily ever after. Not every relationship is the same, not everybody needs the same things, and not every happy ending is wrapped up in a tidy bow. Each of these princesses are dealing with problems in their life, whether it’s the struggle of having a child or trying to decide if the one they married is the one they’re supposed to be with. These aren’t stereotypes, it’s not some glossed over love story, it’s a look at what so many of us have to face on our path to true love and so much more. Can’t wait to see what Kenyon does next.