Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Review

Finding Ever After by Basham, McMillan, Clark, St. Amant

I’m so thrilled with this fairytale-ish novella collection! The Finding Ever After stories span a hundred years and are simply delightful!

about the book

Finding Ever After: four fairytale-ish novellas by Pepper Basham, Rachel McMillan, Ashley Clark, Betsy St. Amant

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust by Pepper Basham
Set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements by Rachel McMillan
This Rapunzel twist is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time by Ashley Clark
A Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten by Betsy St. Amant
This nod to Snow White includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

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my thoughts

These stories are everything we love about fairytales… sprinkled with just enough reality to make them genuinely tempting.

Between Stairs and Stardust achieves a depth and complexity not often found in a novella. Basham skillfully fits each intricacy of the plot into place at just the right time as if she’s effortlessly painting the story in Bob Ross fashion, a soothing every anxiety as a happy accident. Stella and James even wander into the philosophical balance of faith, imagination, and fiction, I love these profound little connections!

McMillan is an intelligent and passionate storyteller and her characters reflect that vibrancy and richness. Nic is an irresistible hero, hard-working, brilliantly talented, unwaveringly loyal, and of course, tall, dark, and dashing! Entanglements plagued me with a terrible case of hair envy until Esther started removing all those hairpins one by one in an unforgettable scene worthy of repetitious reading indulgence!

Clark takes readers home to a rural small town (my favorite kind) and authentically relates a few well-known joys and struggles common to these tight-knit communities. Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that Emma and Sawyer put a solid frienemies spin on the Twice Upon a Time childhood friends romance trope, sparks are definitely flying! I love the life lessons tucked into this story.

Once Bitten receives automatic bonus points for acing the mountain man hero. Griff’s quasi-stoic demeanor is the perfect contrast for bookish, insecure Maggie. St. Amant’s delightful sense of humor and sweetness soften the classically villainous bent of the stepmother with a perspective shift. The inclusion of seven geeks (instead of dwarfs) and apple tarts (instead of a poisoned apple) made me inexplicably happy!

Perhaps those wishes our hearts make aren’t so impossible to grasp after all! I highly recommend Finding Ever After!

I borrowed an ebook copy of this collection through a paid subscription service. The opinions expressed are my own.




What is your favorite fairy tale, reader friends?
Did you add Finding Ever After to your ereader yet?!

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