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cover31679-mediumNotting Hill with a role reversal (he’s the Hollywood star) and kids thrown in (she’s a single mom):

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, and so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in their lives.

Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap…and the hero won’t take no for an answer.

Gwynneth Ever After is one of the best books I’ve read lately.  It is so well written it comes across as lighter than it actually is, but it has a great deal of depth and emotion which keep you turning the pages.

Gareth is just about perfect.  He’s mature, sexy, caring, thoughtful and quite the hunk.  I love the way he interacts with Gwyn’s kids and how easily he fits into their family.  And those kids are down-right adorable.  They add that perfect amount of fun that just highlights Gareth and Gwyn’s growing feelings. Readers can totally get behind Gwyn’s reasons for being afraid to get involved again.  She had a rough go of it and with Gareth’s job it is easy to see why he might not be the best bet.  But he’s quite appealing and it is hard to ignore their attraction. 

I love the fact that there isn’t a lot to their story – two unlikely people meet, they start to fall in love, but question how (and even if) it can all work out.  It’s not full of large scale problems or misunderstandings.  They each come into it with a load of complications but that’s realistic, especially for their stage in life.  They’ve done a fair amount of living and have the baggage that comes with that.  And I absolutely love the ending. 

With Gwynneth Ever After, Poitevin brings to life endearing characters, full of warmth and depth, in a beautifully compelling story so deftly told it made me feel like I was coming home to old friends.