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Happily Ever Afters Review and Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Happily Ever Afters
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
ebook, 286 pages
September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads

Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well, unless he wants to join her at a friend’s destination wedding, which would be considered vacation too, right?

But when an unexpected tragedy sends Lainey’s logical world spiraling out of control, she realizes her vacation crush might be the only one who can help her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. That is, as long as she can get out of the way of her own happiness. And as long as Carter’s past doesn’t catch up with him before she gets a chance.

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My Perspective

A happily ever after. Isn’t that what all little girls dream about? I don’t necessarily mean a Prince Charming, but just a good old fashion being swept off your feet, romantically falling in love, happily ever after. And when you read a romantic novel, isn’t that what the tone should be? Sure, some stories may be a little bit far fetched, but they are there to provide hope to those who have not began their story yet, right? As a romantic myself, I’d like to think so.

Here’s the thing. Happily ever afters can come in all different ways. The important thing if that you are with the person you’re supposed to be with. In this story, we see a young woman (which by the way struck a chord with me because I also had a hard time turning thirty although for different reasons!) who does not think that could happen to her. Enter Professor Dreamy. Okay, so he’s not a professor at the moment, but he was at one time. I felt their connection was genuine and believable. They took things slow, and that made the relationship that much better. I actually liked seeing the texts between them as it broke up the pages a bit.

What I didn’t like about this story? The tragedy that happened. I know it’s to make a storyline, but it really upset me. I’m not sure if it’s really because I didn’t see the need for it in the story, or the fact that I felt like part of the family and the tragedy itself upset me. I kind of felt like Lainey’s character had been through so much, and this was just one more thing to wrong in her life. I just wanted her to have something good going on – like her relationship with Carter. Again, I’m pretty sure this is just a biased opinion, nothing against the author’s writing ability! But it did upset me and therefore I am sharing with you.

Overall it was a cute story, much like a traditional romance. It was a clean read – although the characters were drinking, and some people may be bothered by that. Having never read something by this author before, I was unsure what to expect, but I found that I enjoyed it and will check out other books she has! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Magee wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

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Tour Schedule

September 25th:
Launch
It’s All About the Romance
Adventures Thru Wonderland
Hearts & Scribbles
underneath the covers
September 26th:
Paulette’s Papers
Getting Your Read On
The Bookworm Chronicles
September 27th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Bookworm Lisa
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
A Baker’s Perspective
September 28th:
Book Lover in Florida
Janice’s Book Reviews
Wishful Endings
Zerina Blossom’s Books
September 29th:
Heidi Reads…
Remembrancy
Rockin’ Book Reviews
September 30th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 1 (US residents only)

· Happily Ever Afters coffee mug
· Tea Sampler Pack
· Happily Ever Afters notebook
· Lilly Pulitzer pen
· Chocolates
· ‘Vacations’ picture frame

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 2 (US and International residents))
· $25 Amazon e-gift card

Giveaway ends October 4th

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5 thoughts on “Happily Ever Afters Review and Giveaway

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog and for your honest review. I’m sorry the tragedy effected you so deeply! I will admit, you might need to keep a box of tissues nearby for this this book. But stay tuned, because my next book doesn’t have any tissue-worthy scenes!

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  2. Thank you for your review. This is why I always keep tissues nearby. I’m either happy crying or grief stricken crying when I read. lol It sounds like a good read and I look forward to reading it. Congrats to Rachel on the release.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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