March 15, 2014

Happily Ever After. Elizabeth Maxwell

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Happily Ever After
Elizabeth Maxwell
Published: Touchstone
Date: 18th March 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 326
Genre: Contemporary fantasy
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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 and one exactly like the on in 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.

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The blurb for this book held a  lot of promise, it sounded fascinating and perhaps a little bit different.  I have to say though that as I read, I didn't feel any more real connection.  It could have been just up my alley of reading, but for me it just didn't sparkle.

There is an author - Sadie, who also writes under a pseudonym, and she is middle-aged, flabby and not quite together as a person.  Into her life comes Jason, who at first is a convenient once a week meet for sex appointment.  He does develop into something more and saves this story a little.  He supports and helps lift Sadie from her meandering about in middle age angst.

The characters from a couple of Sadie's  stories come to life and cause chaos for awhile.  In dealing with the characters' difficulties Sadie somehow comes to a resolution in her own life.  

At times as I read I wasn't sure if this was a satire on the romance novel or a tale told with irony. Maybe not.  Whatever, it didn't work for me.

While it didn't ring the right bells for me,  it still may be your kind of book.

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