Title: Fairy Godmothers Inc.
Author: Saranna DeWylde
Release Date: December 29, 2020
Source: ARC from the publisher
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If love is the source of all the magic in the universe, and the town of Ever After, Missouri, is the epicenter of enchantment, then the locals are in dire need of a reboot. At least according to resident fairy godmothers Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. Their solution? Blow a bit of fairy dust in the direction of those in need of romance…what could possibly go wrong?
SOME KIND OF AWFUL…
Lucky Fujiki’s first name is a cosmic joke. Her luck is so bad, even the number seven steers clear of her. But when her adorable godmothers ask for a favor, Lucky can’t say no–even if she can already feel the bad juju waiting to strike. And her mission is even worse than she imagined: to promote Ever After as a wedding destination by faking a marriage to her first love and long-time ex, Ransom Payne–he of the Embarrassing Incident that neither of them will ever live down…
OR ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL?
Ransom Payne has spent years building an impressive new reputation for himself, and now his godmothers want him to pretend to wed the one girl he’d like most to forget? Sure, weddings in Ever After could be a huge boon for his chocolate business, but risking more up-close-and-personal time with Lucky? Considering the stakes, it’s a curse he’ll have to bear, at the risk of being humiliated–or perhaps, bewitched…
I’m not going to lie – I remember skimming Fairy Godmothers, Inc.‘s blurb, and expecting the said Fairy Godmothers to be part of a matchmaking company or something. I didn’t expect them to be actual Fairy Godmothers! I mean, I’m not complaining, of course. I think the story is more entertaining this way!
Fairy Godmothers. Inc. opens with the three godmothers, Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet, talking about how they barely have any magic left. Since love is what powers their magic, they decide to make their town of Ever After, Missouri, a premier wedding destination. Together with all the magical beings of Ever After, the godmothers get to work convincing their godchildren, Lucky and Ransom, to get fake-married in their town. Since Ransom is now a billionaire and a CEO, the wedding will garner all sorts of publicity. Because of their love for their godmothers, Lucky and Ransom agree to get fake-married, and the story kicks off with Lucky and Ransom arriving in Ever After.
Lucky, ironically, is anything but lucky. She has notoriously bad luck, and only a select few aren’t affected by her bad luck. We also learn that Lucky and Ransom were together back in college, but her bad luck always prevents them from having sex. Eventually, after a specific incident that makes Ransom a laughingstock, they break things off. In the present, Lucky and Ransom are quick to realize that they still love each other, and Ransom sets out to convince Lucky that they can make a relationship work, even with Lucky’s bad luck. I enjoyed how open Lucky and Ransom were about their current relationships – all the woes, fears, white lies, and shortcomings. Lucky is a also a great character – I admired her positivity a lot.
One of the backbones of Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is love, but Lucky and Ransom’s supposed past love was difficult for me to connect with. We’re told time and time again that Lucky and Ransom were each other’s great love even back then, but it was never shown. It was always just told. I didn’t find it easy to root for them because their relationship history was barely delved into. As the story progressed, there was a lot of development relationship-wise, but I personally would have appreciated more flashbacks to give Lucky and Ransom’s love more of a foundation. On the flipside, it was easy to see how much Lucky and Ransom loved their godmothers, and why they would agree immediately to get married for them. The godmothers’ love for Lucky and Ransom was easily seen and felt too.
The stars of this book are definitely the townspeople of Ever After. The godmothers were so funny and entertaining, and I enjoyed figuring out which other fairytale characters were residing in this town. The hints at these characters’ pasts (aka the stories we grew up with) was cleverly done, and I hope we see more of them in the next book. Gwen, Lucky’s best friend, and Roderick, Ransom’s best friend, were also compelling supporting characters, and I loved how loyal they were.
Fairy Godmothers Inc. is an enjoyable read, and it’s the perfect mix of humor and seriousness. Other than love, another big part of the book is Lucky’s journey of self-acceptance, and I feel it was explored very well. All in all, Fairy Godmothers’ Inc. is a relaxing read, and I’m looking forward to the next book about Gwen and Roderick!