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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Fairy Tale for Gwyn by Linda Poitevin

A Fairy Tale for Gwyn by Linda Poitevin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (266 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out four years ago, abandoning her with their three-year-old daughter and four-month-old twins, Gwyn has had to be mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart and failed marriage aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in her home...Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap - and the hero won’t take no for an answer.

In Gwyn’s caring but cluttered and often chaotic world, she has no place for a romantic relationship, but before she knows it, Gareth Connor “imprinted himself on her indelibly”.

Gwyn Jacobs tells herself she isn’t looking for, doesn’t want, and will not subject her children and herself to having a man in their lives. She cannot run the risk of having him walk away like her husband had, leaving behind emotional destruction. Consequently, when Cupid, Eros, or whatever it is that quickens the heart, body, and all the senses and emotions decides to meddle in Gwyn’s and Gareth’s affairs, their lives do get complicated and messy.

Gareth Connor certainly doesn’t need another woman in his life at this point in his life. He is trying to be as invisible as possible to appease his ex-wife so he can see and get to know his daughter that he’d been denied for sixteen years. Being a high-profile movie star didn’t make it easy.

While Gwyn’s reasoning about men may not be logical, it is her reality. So, when her woman hunger roars to life at Gareth’s introduction into her life, she denies her own needs because she remembers the deep hurt the children’s father had inflicted on her babies as well as on her when he walked out saying he wanted no connection with or responsibility for them. She would not let it happen again.

Seven-year-old Katie and four-year-old twins, Nicky and Maggie come to life on the pages with their innocence and adorable (sometime not-so-adorable) antics. They certainly are not short on imagination or winning ways to manipulate things to their advantage.

Linda Poitevin creates a story that brings laughter, tears and all the emotions in between and even makes one want to reach out to help at times. Gwyn’s and Gareth’s mighty efforts to rectify past wrongs and live life day by day, with some semblance of normalcy while friends and relatives offer advice at every turn, makes A Fairy Tale for Gwyn an exciting and evocative story. The emotional upheavals keep the reader turning pages.

This story of two strong, intelligent characters working through lots of baggage from the past to find their happy-ever-after is especially uplifting and memorable. MOST ENJOYABLE!