Happily Never After
Rory closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale… Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with. She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating… But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air. Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

Happily Never After Details

TitleHappily Never After
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 10th, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Happily Never After Review

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    January 1, 1970
    4 When You Wish Upon A Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟Once Upon a Time... their lived a woman named Rory... Rory lived in a house in need of fixing up with her daughter Belle...Belle is 16 and has just discovered boys....Rory also has a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter, but sometimes can be a bit overbearing.... One day Rory is at the local hardware store getting things together to fix up her house when she meets John Prince handsome helpful contractor extraordinaire......This was a very charm 4 When You Wish Upon A Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟Once Upon a Time... their lived a woman named Rory... Rory lived in a house in need of fixing up with her daughter Belle...Belle is 16 and has just discovered boys....Rory also has a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter, but sometimes can be a bit overbearing.... One day Rory is at the local hardware store getting things together to fix up her house when she meets John Prince handsome helpful contractor extraordinaire......This was a very charming story... filled with some pretty amazing characters along with some pretty compelling drama... and the drama is multi generational grandma, Mom, and daughter all find them cells involved in some kind of sticky situation... I thought this was a lot of fun and I really liked the relationship between Grandma and mom, and grandma and granddaughter... the relationship I struggled with a little was between mom and daughter, Mom needed to step up and be a little more aware... perhaps because her mother was a little overbearing she was trying to not be that way, but a few questions should have been asked... just saying....There were some funny moments in this book, however I’m not sure about the laugh out loud mentioned in the title... Emma Robinson’s first book was hilarious and this book was just as good it was just more sweet than funny... this book also had a bit more serious subject matter, and it was done really well! I just don’t want you to expect to be laughing every minute, this book is fun but not a over the top funny read.... although Rory goes on a pretty hilarious blind date....Rory also has some pretty amazing BFFs... all these girls were so genuine and I love the bond between them all... John Prince was as expected too good to be true... but if you are in the middle of house renovations there is no better prince than a prince that knows what he’s doing with a hammer!Absolutely recommend to fans of a sweet story with a bit of everything friendship, family, romance, house renovations, and drama...And they all lived happily ever after.....*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
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  • Ashleyjayne
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed happily never after, it was a fun, enjoyable read with some great characters. I loved all the characters in happily never after, it was great to get lost in this story and forget about my problems and read all about Rorys. Rory is such a relatable character, single mother to sixteen year old Belle has there problems with a tumbleweed house, Rory was so stubborn and independent she reminded me alot of myself.i loved Rory’s mum shiela aswell between Bella and Shiela they were alwa I really enjoyed happily never after, it was a fun, enjoyable read with some great characters. I loved all the characters in happily never after, it was great to get lost in this story and forget about my problems and read all about Rorys. Rory is such a relatable character, single mother to sixteen year old Belle has there problems with a tumbleweed house, Rory was so stubborn and independent she reminded me alot of myself.i loved Rory’s mum shiela aswell between Bella and Shiela they were always trying to find Rory’s prince charming (even though a Rory wasnt interested). I enjoyed Shielas gossiping throughout the book and found her hilarious were i couldnt help but chuckle.John Prince is perfect in this book, i also loved his character and how he was always there for Rory when she needed to be rescued.I think i loved all the characters in happily never after i havent mentioned Ror’s two friends who she works with at the school but i will say i enjoyed there characters aswell.I’ve never read from Emma Robinson before but ive already been checking her other books. Overall i really enjoyed this book and would definatly reccomend it.5 out of 5 hearts ❤❤❤❤❤I received this book from netgalley in exchange for a honest review, I would like to thank the publisher Bookouture and the author for allowing me to read and review.
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  • Jill Croce-McGill
    January 1, 1970
    4 Smiling and Feel Good Stars! Life is not a fairytale...Rory is a mother to 16-year-old Belle and a teacher. She has no time for romance, and quite frankly, she doesn't really want any - she just doesn't have time for it! She has way too many problems going on in her life right now. Rory just bought a fixer-upper, and boy, does it need fixing up. Her mother is the typical nagging mother who insists on calling her Aurora, and loves to butt in on her love life every chance she can. Rory's daught 4 Smiling and Feel Good Stars! Life is not a fairytale...Rory is a mother to 16-year-old Belle and a teacher. She has no time for romance, and quite frankly, she doesn't really want any - she just doesn't have time for it! She has way too many problems going on in her life right now. Rory just bought a fixer-upper, and boy, does it need fixing up. Her mother is the typical nagging mother who insists on calling her Aurora, and loves to butt in on her love life every chance she can. Rory's daughter is all grown up and has discovered boys and the dating scene. One day out of the blue Rory meets a handsome contractor, John Prince, in the local hardware store. Could love be in the air? Rory's mother, daughter, and friends seem to think her prince charming has finally arrived. But one day she hears a story that makes her question everything about this perfect man. Is he really the prince charming everyone seems to think he is? This was a cute feel-good story about family, friends, and love with the added bonus of some funny moments mixed throughout. Highly Recommend!*Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • .Under the pages
    January 1, 1970
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Rory doesn’t believe in love. She has got too many things going on in life going on. Rory is a single mother of a 16-year-old daughter. She is a teacher who has the deputy head always putting pressure on her and she has also brought a rundown house. She hasn’t got time for a prince charming to come her way. One day she is in her local B&Q when she meets John Prince a builder. Who Rory mistaken for someone working in the shop. Who gives him his business card and ends up helping her fix up the Rory doesn’t believe in love. She has got too many things going on in life going on. Rory is a single mother of a 16-year-old daughter. She is a teacher who has the deputy head always putting pressure on her and she has also brought a rundown house. She hasn’t got time for a prince charming to come her way. One day she is in her local B&Q when she meets John Prince a builder. Who Rory mistaken for someone working in the shop. Who gives him his business card and ends up helping her fix up the house. Her daughter and her mother are trying to persuade her that there is something more between her and John but, Rory us still adamant that she doesn’t need anyone.This is described as a hilarious romantic story. I didn’t think it was but, I thought that this is a lovely romantic story, that I found it hard to put down from start to finish. I loved all the characters and I highly recommend it. Thank you Bookouture and Netgally for a copy of this book.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via NetgalleyVery cute Chick-Lit.There were some annoying SCs, but otherwise I liked it a lot.No sex scenes.
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  • Sofia
    January 1, 1970
    This book was given to me on NetGalley for an honest review.It was a nice and light reading. Though it felt a bit dry.I didn't find it funny, so I didn't really understand why is a laugh at loud comedy.I enjoyed the main plot.Sometimes Rory annoyed me as a parent, she should have been more active and aware.I didn't relate to the teacher drama, but it's not really my world.if you are looking for an easy read romance that won't overwhelm you, look no more.It has teenage drama, adult and elderly dr This book was given to me on NetGalley for an honest review.It was a nice and light reading. Though it felt a bit dry.I didn't find it funny, so I didn't really understand why is a laugh at loud comedy.I enjoyed the main plot.Sometimes Rory annoyed me as a parent, she should have been more active and aware.I didn't relate to the teacher drama, but it's not really my world.if you are looking for an easy read romance that won't overwhelm you, look no more.It has teenage drama, adult and elderly drama all in one.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    3.5* --> 4*Rory has a lot on her plate. She’s just bought a rundown house that will surely make a fabulous home in time. But time is exactly something Rory doesn’t have in abundance. Her job as a teacher is increasingly demanding, not helped at all by the new deputy head, who’s more interested in statistics and spreadsheets than anything else. On top of that, her sixteen year old daughter Belle has just discovered dating. Rory doesn’t have time for anything, least of all finding love. She’s p 3.5* --> 4*Rory has a lot on her plate. She’s just bought a rundown house that will surely make a fabulous home in time. But time is exactly something Rory doesn’t have in abundance. Her job as a teacher is increasingly demanding, not helped at all by the new deputy head, who’s more interested in statistics and spreadsheets than anything else. On top of that, her sixteen year old daughter Belle has just discovered dating. Rory doesn’t have time for anything, least of all finding love. She’s perfectly fine without a knight in shining armour coming to her rescue, even if his name happens to be Prince. Or is she?These characters are all delightful and it was such a joy to get to know them. Rory is fiercely independent, to the point of being stubborn. Her colleagues Susi and Penny are very different as both seem to think the only thing that can make them happy is a man in their lives. Susi especially comes across as rather desperate. But the one who elicited some chuckles from me was Sheila, Rory’s mother, and her gossip about the retirement home she lives in.Even though there are some funny moments, I wouldn’t exactly call this a laugh-out-loud comedy though, to be honest, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s sweet and a little dramatic and sometimes even a little sad but also realistic as it tackles numerous topics from teenage drama to illness.Not quite as light and fluffy as I expected it to be but a wonderfully entertaining summer read nonetheless, and for me, the perfect palette cleanser before diving back into the gruesome crime genre.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*Our main character Rory, has a 16-year-old daughter, is a teacher and doesn’t believe in love anymore. Her mother and friends always want to set her up though and they are convinced her prince charming is close. She has bought a tumbledown house. A lot of work needs to be done, that’s where builder John Prince comes in. He helps with house stuff, but also other things, several times. He definitely could be mister right. Rory is ver *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*Our main character Rory, has a 16-year-old daughter, is a teacher and doesn’t believe in love anymore. Her mother and friends always want to set her up though and they are convinced her prince charming is close. She has bought a tumbledown house. A lot of work needs to be done, that’s where builder John Prince comes in. He helps with house stuff, but also other things, several times. He definitely could be mister right. Rory is very busy though, especially at work, with a new guy taking over. He wants to change everything, but Rory has a totally different opinion. Then there is her mum, who gets involved all the time and Belle, her daughter, has a boyfriend. As a teacher, I really enjoyed the school related scenes. However, I felt that certain things didn’t seem that authentic. My favourite part about this book were all the fairytale references, just genius. The story has a wonderful flow and fabulous plot. Emma Robinson’s style is fresh, vivid and funny. It’s also sad at parts and deals with grief, loss and illness. I’d say it’s the perfect mixture and all the characters brings something unique into the story. 4.5/5
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    Everybody wants somebody to love and to love you back, but once you have been hurt real deep, you might see things differently. You want to depend only on yourself and keep your heart hidden behind a high wall. You can run, but you can not seem to hide when cupid aims his arrow ...I thought it was a wonderful and fluently written book. I could hardly put it down. It had some fun parts that made me smile, but some that tugged my heartstrings. There was nothing that I did not like. The mix of both Everybody wants somebody to love and to love you back, but once you have been hurt real deep, you might see things differently. You want to depend only on yourself and keep your heart hidden behind a high wall. You can run, but you can not seem to hide when cupid aims his arrow ...I thought it was a wonderful and fluently written book. I could hardly put it down. It had some fun parts that made me smile, but some that tugged my heartstrings. There was nothing that I did not like. The mix of both Rory's personal and professional life resulted in a 5 star read.Thank you, Emma Robinson, Bookouture and Netgalley.bforbookreview.wordpress.com
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comFirst of all, LOVING Rory's daughter's nickname, Belle, as that is my own daughter's nickname! Great minds think alike!Second of all, if I were to be made into a fictional character, Rory would be me to a T. I mean, our personalities were so similar, I had to double check that my house wasn't bugged (FYI, clearly it wasn't as that is OBVIOUSLY illegal....in case anyone didn't get the joke). As far as Rory is concerned, All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comFirst of all, LOVING Rory's daughter's nickname, Belle, as that is my own daughter's nickname! Great minds think alike!Second of all, if I were to be made into a fictional character, Rory would be me to a T. I mean, our personalities were so similar, I had to double check that my house wasn't bugged (FYI, clearly it wasn't as that is OBVIOUSLY illegal....in case anyone didn't get the joke). As far as Rory is concerned, the theme tune of her life echos the song by the Pussycat Dolls 'I don't Need A Man', because guess what? SHE DOESN'T. A woman after my own heart. Many people see a single woman, or a single mum and automatically assume that they are in need of a man to put up a shelf, cut the grass, or put a pencil behind their ear and wave a screwdriver around like they know what they're doing. Contrary to popular belief, not all women need a man. I know, shocking isn't it? There are actually women who, oh I don't know, are happy on their own and can cut their own grass! Rory is one of them, and I am too! Well, I assume that Rory can cut her own grass....I couldn't help but chuckle at the princess references regarding the names, as well as the fairytale reference where another character is concerned. I don't believe in fairytales, yet I love reading them and would champion anyone who does believe in them or aim to get their fairytale happily ever after. I loved the way that Emma Robinson wrote her main character, as she couldn't be further from a fairytale lifestyle if she tried - definitely a breath of fresh where I am concerned because if she chose to find the love of her life, it would be her own choice, and not because she ate a dodgy apple and fell asleep. Whilst some of Rory's actions rival several Disney princesses own actions (yes, I laughed), I couldn't help but admire Rory for standing by what she believed in both in her work life, and her personal life.As for Belle - thankfully my own daughter isn't at the teenage stage yet, but I must have lived under a rock when teenagers did what Belle did, because I sure as hell didn't! I had the same outlook as Rory did when she thought about what her daughter was getting up to!Joking aside, 'Happily Never After' struck several chords with me in terms of the single mum, single woman, and highly independent outlook. Whilst I do love reading a good romcom, I did think 'omg about time!' when the storyline progressed and I got to know Rory a bit more. It's not often that single women/single mums are portrayed in a good light, so I am over the moon that Emma Robinson decided to do that.I have to admit though (sorry), I wasn't a fan of Susie and the way she went about things, pretty much acting like a bull in a china shop and refusing to listen to other people. Don't get me wrong, she made me laugh, but she did become a little overbearing at times. Although to be fair, Rory should have said something...but that's just my opinion!'Happily Never After' is now my version of a fairytale as Rory is definitely a character to admire. Full of lots of laughs, smiles, and a shedload of 'you can do it if you put your back into it', Emma Robinson has shown that people's fairy tales are individual to their circumstances and just because one person may want a Prince Charming and seven kids, another woman could find her 'happily ever after' on her own, or even much later on in life. I loved how the author put across the message that independence is a trait to be admired, and how forcing someone to do something that YOU want to do will not make them happy deep down. 'Happily Never After' is a brilliant example of happiness coming in different sizes, at different times, for different reasons. Because as long as you're happy yourself, you have already found your happily ever after. Such a fab, laugh out loud, energetic, and enchanting read to lose yourself in any day of the week. Oh, and Emma Robinson is TOTALLY my fairy godmother after reading this. Obviously....can't have a fairytale without one now, can we?
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Rory is a teacher and single mum to 16 year old Belle.  She has just bought a ramshackle house that is in serious need of an overhaul.  Consequently, she doesn’t have time for romance, nor does she want any.  Everyone else seems to think that is exactly what she needs and tries to persuade Rory that her motto of ‘life is not like a fairy-tale’ needs changing!  Right on cue, into her life walks Prince Charming….or builder John Prince to be more precise!  Meeting him in the aisle of B&Q, John Rory is a teacher and single mum to 16 year old Belle.  She has just bought a ramshackle house that is in serious need of an overhaul.  Consequently, she doesn’t have time for romance, nor does she want any.  Everyone else seems to think that is exactly what she needs and tries to persuade Rory that her motto of ‘life is not like a fairy-tale’ needs changing!  Right on cue, into her life walks Prince Charming….or builder John Prince to be more precise!  Meeting him in the aisle of B&Q, John agrees to help Rory out with her house renovation for a fraction of the cost!  The only problem, every time Rory claps eyes on him her heart begins to flutter!I absolutely loved this book.  It was equally funny and sad, moving between the two effortlessly!  I was left laughing out loud one minute and then tears welling up, particularly with the tender moments she shared with her mum.  Her daughter, Belle has just discovered boys and has gone from being a conscientious student to a daughter that Rory doesn’t know anymore.   Rory’s widowed mum is on a mission to get Rory fixed up with any eligible man and Rory’s teacher friends are trying to sort their own love lives out as well as hers!  And of course there is John Prince!  The perfect builder who is always on hand to help Rory out, and not just with her building project!  Where can I find me one of those!!??Rory is such a lovable character!  She works hard, tries to be a good mum, daughter and friend but sometimes doesn’t quite get it right.  I love the way she deals with her ‘under-achiever’ class and certainly hoped that if my child was struggling at school that they had a teacher like Rory to help them.  I also loved her relationship with Charlie and his mum, whose story was so very touching.  My favourite Rory part though had to be when she first meets John Prince in the aisles of B&Q.  I actually laughed out loud at this point, as it was so realistic and I’m sure some of us have done this at some point in our lives!I’ve read a few reviews that say it wasn’t the hilarious romantic story which they thought.  I think I must have been reading something different to everyone else!  I thought it was fantastically funny but also so heart-warming!  It was an absolute perfect read and I found the story such a pleasure to read!  I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it!  It was the perfect romantic story and I’m genuinely sad that I’ve finished it!  In fact, I may have to read it all over again!
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. I loved Emma's Last book The Undercover Mother so when I saw this one I jumped at the chance to be part of the tour.Rory is quite sick of everyone trying to get her to find a man. She's single mum to 16 year old Belle, works all hours as a t This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book. I loved Emma's Last book The Undercover Mother so when I saw this one I jumped at the chance to be part of the tour.Rory is quite sick of everyone trying to get her to find a man. She's single mum to 16 year old Belle, works all hours as a teacher and has just taken on a 'project' house. She hasn't got time for a man even is she wanted one. I really liked Rory. She genuinely cares about her students, she wants to help everyone but she just doesn't seem to have time for herself. I loved the fairytale references throughout the book. I love fairytales and retellings and all things like that so these little references made me smile.This might be a rom-com but its not your average rom-com. It also looked at some real serious issues like grief, loneliness, life limiting illnesses just to name a few. This is not by any means a heavy story but  it wasn't all roses and fairytales either.This book has a tag line of laugh out loud funny. I would say it has some funny parts but not laugh out loud, ROFL kind of funny. However it's a brilliant story which I struggled to put down. 
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  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    January 1, 1970
    OH EM GEE. WOW! After reading Emma’s debut The Undercover Mother, this was a must read for me. Boy was this bloody brilliant! Very impressed. I loved every second of reading Happily Never After. A must buy. A must read. You will not be disappointed at all.This story had me laughing out loud throughout. I fell in love with all of the characters especially Rory with her strong determination and will. She is a very relatable character at times and a hardworked, overtired teacher… Which I can relate OH EM GEE. WOW! After reading Emma’s debut The Undercover Mother, this was a must read for me. Boy was this bloody brilliant! Very impressed. I loved every second of reading Happily Never After. A must buy. A must read. You will not be disappointed at all.This story had me laughing out loud throughout. I fell in love with all of the characters especially Rory with her strong determination and will. She is a very relatable character at times and a hardworked, overtired teacher… Which I can relate to, been there, done that. But phewwww. Did it just get hot in here? That John Prince character sounds the dream doesn’t he? Getting me all hot and bothered. A real life little hero! Phew.I devoured this way too quickly within a day and now have to wait till her next book. Sigh. But I already know it will be a belter. Happily Never After is an easy read, fast paced and hilarious story for all chick-lit, romance lovers. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend if you need cheering up and diving into someone else’s crazy world, it worked for me. Perfect. Outstanding. Just what I needed. Thank you Emma.
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this fabulous feel good book that made me smile, roll my eyes, cringe, laugh out and well up with tears.Rory was a brilliant character, one that I could identify with in so many ways, the sort of person I’d love to be friends with. I loved that she was a kind, independent woman, who knew exactly what she wanted out of life, and wasn’t expecting anybody else to do it for her.Rory’s Mum was lovely and so was Belle, Rory’s 16 year old daughter, although she did have her tee I really enjoyed reading this fabulous feel good book that made me smile, roll my eyes, cringe, laugh out and well up with tears.Rory was a brilliant character, one that I could identify with in so many ways, the sort of person I’d love to be friends with. I loved that she was a kind, independent woman, who knew exactly what she wanted out of life, and wasn’t expecting anybody else to do it for her.Rory’s Mum was lovely and so was Belle, Rory’s 16 year old daughter, although she did have her teenage moments. Reading about her made me quite relieved that I’m a Mum to a teenage boy not a teenage girl! I also liked John Prince, the friendly builder, although I must admit I did wonder just like Rory if he was all he was cracked up to be.I loved all the different strands of Rory’s life, teaching, renovating the house, parenting, keeping an eye on her Mum and supporting her friends.I thoroughly recommend this if you’re looking for a ‘feel good’ book that will make you laugh out loud.Thanks so much to NetGalley and Bookoture for my digital copy.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the story, it had a nice pace and was a quick read. The main character Rory is a bit too mild for her own good and more then a bit anti-man. I can appreciate independentness as much as anyone else but she was taking things way too far a lot of the time. While a good read there wasn't much depth to the characters and I would have liked to have seen something besides the other characters being stupid about the man-hunting/everyone-must-have-a-guy friends interactions. If I had people like I liked the story, it had a nice pace and was a quick read. The main character Rory is a bit too mild for her own good and more then a bit anti-man. I can appreciate independentness as much as anyone else but she was taking things way too far a lot of the time. While a good read there wasn't much depth to the characters and I would have liked to have seen something besides the other characters being stupid about the man-hunting/everyone-must-have-a-guy friends interactions. If I had people like that in my life I would've avoided them until the crazy was over, Rory was doing house renovations so it should've been the perfect reason not to hang out with them.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    This is described as a romantic comedy and although there was romance and humour in it I felt that it also examined some more serious issues such as loneliness, serious illness, aging and grief to name a few.Rory is a teacher in her 30s who has brought up her 16 year old daughter Belle alone. She has a widowed mother Sheila, who has just moved into sheltered accommodation and two teacher friends at work who keep her company. However her daughter is growing up and she is starting to feel that she This is described as a romantic comedy and although there was romance and humour in it I felt that it also examined some more serious issues such as loneliness, serious illness, aging and grief to name a few.Rory is a teacher in her 30s who has brought up her 16 year old daughter Belle alone. She has a widowed mother Sheila, who has just moved into sheltered accommodation and two teacher friends at work who keep her company. However her daughter is growing up and she is starting to feel that she is not needed as much at home. She has just bought a ramshackle house that needs fixing up and she plans to do it on her own. She claims she is not looking for romance or a happy ending and is happy to rely on herself. Or is she?Maybe it’s time to look for someone as her mother, her friends and even her daughter keep suggesting.She meets builder John “Prince at the DIY store and the reader spends the book wondering if they will ever get together despite his numerous trips to her house to help her with the renovations. Is John her “Prince Charming”?There is also a lot of humorous banter between Rory and her female friends who keep trying to introduce her to suitable or not so suitable men! The teaching and school aspect of the novel was very well described ; the new deputy head coming in and trying to change teaching methods as well as the absolute fear the Ofsted inspection causes- ring so true. I started to wonder if the author works or worked in a school as I do!The characters are well developed, particularly Rory and her mother and I felt they could almost be people I know which is obviously the sign of a good writer.I thoroughly enjoyed this book which would make an excellent Summer read. It would particularly appeal to readers who enjoy Marian Keyes or Sophie Kinsella!Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for my arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe it is just me, but I couldn't get into this book. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, especially Rory; whose attempts at being a 'strong, independent' woman became rapidly annoying - putting me off from trying to read the rest of the novel.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely unputdownable! Thinking about if Rory will ever have a happy ending is one of the last thing on your minds once the strands of this intricately woven story meet its climatic ending. I loved this book. I finished it in 24 hours. I miss the characters already!
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley.***I loved Happily Never After, by Emma Robinson. Rory is a lot of things: a teacher by trade, a daughter whose mother insists on playing cupid despite Rory’s protests that she’s not interested in a having a relationship, a single mum to her 16-year-old daughter Belle, and friend to her 2 closest gal pals. She’s also the proud new owner to a fixer upper house that most people t ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley.***I loved Happily Never After, by Emma Robinson. Rory is a lot of things: a teacher by trade, a daughter whose mother insists on playing cupid despite Rory’s protests that she’s not interested in a having a relationship, a single mum to her 16-year-old daughter Belle, and friend to her 2 closest gal pals. She’s also the proud new owner to a fixer upper house that most people think she’s crazy for buying. When the school year starts up, she’s got a new boss shaking things up at work, her daughter has discovered boys and stops confiding in her, and she’s buried in home repairs but opens her doors to a special student in need of a surrogate family. Rory meets contractor John Prince at the hardware store. He offers to help her with her house at a reduced rate, suggesting he could use ‘before and after’ pictures of her restored house as a testament to his skills. He’s always turning up and rescuing her. She can’t tell if he’s just tremendously nice or flirting, and she has no idea which options she prefers.I love a story with a strong female character and Rory fit the bill for me. She believes in herself and her abilities, and she isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and work hard. She wants to help the people she cares about and that includes her students, even if it makes her own life harder. And she loves her family so much. I truly enjoyed watching her navigate all the relationships in her life, especially the one with her daughter Belle and her mom Sheila, and of course the one with John.Robinson did such a good job adding important and interesting details and then tying then together, especially Charlie’s story and Nathan Finch’s. I was thoroughly impressed.I keep trying to come up with the right words to compel others to grab this book. The truth is I struggle with reviewing books I love because I don’t want to say too much and ruin the story. This isn’t a fairy tale. It’s a really great story about a woman who learns to open her heart, but it feels magical all the same. Brava Emma! I can’t wait to read more by you!
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  • Lady Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsHappily Never After was a refreshing change that I welcomed with open arms from the usual romances I'm used to reading. You know the ones, those scorching hot, fast-paced and instant-lust ones *sigh* I love them.Completely opposite to what I just described, we have this book by Emma Robinson. Slow build romance where you don't really have a sure shot as to whom the female MC will choose until the end of the story.More character development focused on telling you the story of thi Rating: 4.5 StarsHappily Never After was a refreshing change that I welcomed with open arms from the usual romances I'm used to reading. You know the ones, those scorching hot, fast-paced and instant-lust ones *sigh* I love them.Completely opposite to what I just described, we have this book by Emma Robinson. Slow build romance where you don't really have a sure shot as to whom the female MC will choose until the end of the story.More character development focused on telling you the story of this people without rushing. Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and read away because it's really transporting you into the world of Rory, the single mom that doesn't want to have a man, with the single teenage girl to take care off.Rory is a teacher and she just bought an old house with the idea of renovating it herself. Bad idea? She doesn't know how to renovate the house on her own but she's set on her ways. She's also the mother of a sixteen years old that just got her first boyfriend and it's becoming different in front of her very eyes. Introducing John Prince, a builder that's at the store Rory was in and helped her find the things she needs.During the book, you don't know if Rory is going to pick John, Nathan or someone else as her happily ever after. I loved the mystery about the romantic elements and how the author builds it up until the end.I don't know how to express that the dialogue in this book took me a couple of chapters to get used to. I'll admit it feels more fluent when I'm reading but I'm not used to it, so until I did it was a little bothersome. *sigh* Now I'm just being picky, it was using (') instead of (") what caused this.Recommending this book will be a for sure answer for me. It' was fun, entertaining, realistic, relatable, adorable, sweet, intriguing and I just plain adored it.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps it is the fact that the characters in this book are British, or perhaps there are no better words to describe this book - but it was delightfully cheeky. Rory (Aurora) and her daughter Belle (named after a woman's right-to-vote crusader, not a princess, of course) have taken on a huge fixer-upper of a house. They had planned to do it all themselves until Rory happens to run into a Prince - one John Prince, a contractor by trade - at a hardware store. Whether it's swooping in to help Rory Perhaps it is the fact that the characters in this book are British, or perhaps there are no better words to describe this book - but it was delightfully cheeky. Rory (Aurora) and her daughter Belle (named after a woman's right-to-vote crusader, not a princess, of course) have taken on a huge fixer-upper of a house. They had planned to do it all themselves until Rory happens to run into a Prince - one John Prince, a contractor by trade - at a hardware store. Whether it's swooping in to help Rory with her kitchen install or rescuing her on the side of the road, John always seems to be at the right place at the right time. But is he too good to be true?The characters in this book- from Rory's busybody mother to her zany colleagues to her incorrigible students- are all so lovable. The best part of the book comes in the subtle references to the fairy tales we all know and love -Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel - all scenes seamlessly incorporated into the narrative. Very clever and yes, very cheeky.The one issue I had with the book - besides rescuing Rory many times over, we rarely get a read or personality on our Prince and the ending felt a bit rushed, a mystery and drama thrown in at the end of the novel. Overall I definitely recommend for a light and adorable read. Thank you Netgalley for this preview!
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  • Finitha Jose
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why it is given the subtitle 'A laugh out loud romantic comedy' because there is nothing much to laugh in this. The story is more about parenting troubles, teenage rebellion and the challenges of teaching profession. It was a story with great potential, one I would have loved more with the addition of humour. We encounter a bunch of realistic characters. Rory is not a fan of HEA and her daughter lives in search of a fairy tale prince charming. We could see the clouds of disaster a I don't know why it is given the subtitle 'A laugh out loud romantic comedy' because there is nothing much to laugh in this. The story is more about parenting troubles, teenage rebellion and the challenges of teaching profession. It was a story with great potential, one I would have loved more with the addition of humour. We encounter a bunch of realistic characters. Rory is not a fan of HEA and her daughter lives in search of a fairy tale prince charming. We could see the clouds of disaster approaching there itself. I really admire Rory even with her stubborn attitude, she is the type of teacher I would like to be one day. Since it is the story of a single parent, instead of giving much interest to Rory's potential partner, it also focuses on the love life of her intimate friends - Susie and Penny. Rory's mother Sheila, I feel, is the sole fun element. Still this was an enlightening read, beautifully structured around the renovation of Rory's new home, aptly ending with housewarming party where all loose threads come together. So 3.5 stars rounded off as 4.
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  • MetLineReader
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet tale of Rory, single mum who’s not interested in love. But her daughter Belle, and her mum Sheila are. And so are her friends - Penny and Suzi.As Rory’s a teacher at the local school, we get insights into the life of a teacher and the extra hours and effort that go in to school life beyond what you see in the classroom. We meet Charlie, one of Rory’s boys in troubled class 10-G and learn of his struggles to support his unwell mum. Oh and we meet a local builder who’s helping Rory to do u A sweet tale of Rory, single mum who’s not interested in love. But her daughter Belle, and her mum Sheila are. And so are her friends - Penny and Suzi.As Rory’s a teacher at the local school, we get insights into the life of a teacher and the extra hours and effort that go in to school life beyond what you see in the classroom. We meet Charlie, one of Rory’s boys in troubled class 10-G and learn of his struggles to support his unwell mum. Oh and we meet a local builder who’s helping Rory to do up her wreck of a house.A broad cast of characters and caricatures that blend well together and provide some amusing anecdotes.A light read with a little more depth to it, particularly in the later chapters. An interesting read - but definitely not laugh out loud!!! (Well not for me anyway)3.75^
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  • Tamm
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the last! As a fellow teacher, I was very amused by the deputy head character who was brilliant at paperwork but totally inept at teaching. I could also relate to the trials and tribulations of an Ofsted inspection and the difficulty in finding a work:life balance. Rory was a wonderful character who it was easy to identify with and you could sense the chemistry between her and her ‘prince’ right from the start. I found this very uplifting and a I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the last! As a fellow teacher, I was very amused by the deputy head character who was brilliant at paperwork but totally inept at teaching. I could also relate to the trials and tribulations of an Ofsted inspection and the difficulty in finding a work:life balance. Rory was a wonderful character who it was easy to identify with and you could sense the chemistry between her and her ‘prince’ right from the start. I found this very uplifting and an enjoyable, easy read. I can’t wait to read other books by this author!
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  • Sarah Beney
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can't remember the last time I read a book so quickly! I kept telling myself, 'just one more chapter' but at the end of that chapter, I'd tell myself the same thing! It's a really good page turner where all of the characters are relatable.This book is a romantic comedy but it's much more than that. It includes Alzheimers, independence, friendship, ageing, three generations of completely different women, life pressures & the dreaded OFSTED to name a few. A must I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can't remember the last time I read a book so quickly! I kept telling myself, 'just one more chapter' but at the end of that chapter, I'd tell myself the same thing! It's a really good page turner where all of the characters are relatable.This book is a romantic comedy but it's much more than that. It includes Alzheimers, independence, friendship, ageing, three generations of completely different women, life pressures & the dreaded OFSTED to name a few. A must read for a summer holiday or just to escape for a while. Enjoy!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud. The story itself is about a single Mom a teacher, family, fixing up and buying your first house. Being single and looking for a partner was very relatable. The different ways to meet people totally true and funny. Some words were different than those used in America. However, it wasn't hard to discern the meaning in the context of the story. I really enjoyed the book!
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  • Belinda Munro
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars. A really entertaining and light read. I really loved The Undercover Mother so was excited to receive this ARC. Great characters and quite funny in parts, this is a perfect read on a sunny day. Highly recommend! Thanks kindly to Netgalley, publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable and very hard to put down!This was a sympathetic tale about likeable characters and relationships in the modern world. I read the whole book in three sittings and was left wanting more of Rory John, Belle and the others. A thoroughly enjoyable read, well written.
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  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    Nice...fun Chick Lit :c)
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