Published by Michem Publishing on June 30, 2013
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 was a cute book that bordered on being clichéd. It’s a romance novel about Gwyn, a single mother of three, who meets and falls in love with handsome actor Gareth Connor who is visiting for a few weeks. And he falls in love with her and her kids. Of course, Gareth has a secret about why he’s in town, and when Gwyn finds out she’s upset and heartbroken.
There was just enough uniqueness in this novel to save it from being nothing more than a cliche, though. Gwyn being a single mom made the story about finding a family, instead of just a romance. And the scenes with the children were some of the best parts about this book. As a single mom it always bugs me when the women swoon over the kids being invited on a date, so the fact that this doesn’t happen here was a huge positive for me. (Single moms love their kids, but we spend all our time with them and would like some “me” time!) It was a little bit creepy that Gareth was so intent on the kids, but with his secret revealed it becomes apparent that he’s not trying to be creepy, he’s just trying to make up for lost time.
Gwyn is not perfect, in fact she’s kind of a hot mess at times, but she is not whiny, nor is she waiting for a white knight to come to her rescue. She asks for help when she needs it, and she has a wonderful group of friends who are there to offer their support. The one downside to all the friends and family of both Gareth and Gwyn is that these friends and family seemed to waffle between the two of them pursuing this budding romance and stopping it cold in its tracks. Of course, no romance novel would be complete without a happy ending.
Let’s just remember the moral of the story here. If a celebrity and a normal person are going to end up together it needs to be the celebrity pursuing the fan. Otherwise there are restraining orders and lawsuits involved. In this case Gareth pursues Gwyn every step of the way, even when she’s at her most resistant.