A Happily Ever After of Her Own by Nadia Lee

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Likari’s rating: 1.99

Nadia Lee’s charming fractured fairy tale demonstrates the pleasures and the pitfalls of indie publishing. But before I get to that, let me say: If one ounce of the joy of Story remains within your heart after all these years of Life on Planet Earth, you will laugh out loud several times over the course of this novella.

It is a delight.

From Ms. Lee’s product description:

Melinda Lightfoot, a preschool teacher with an unusual ability to flit in and out of fairy tales, never thought she would get into trouble…

…until the Fairy Tale Police arrest her while she is in Beauty and the Beast. They offer her a deal: Find Beauty, who left the story when Melinda trespassed into it, or be charged with the ultimate crime — Fairy Tale Killer. If that’s not bad enough the Beast tags along in search of his true love, and Melinda starts falling for the fairy tale prince. She must choose between doing the right thing and having her own happily ever after.

Now, about that Indie Publishing comment:

A Happily Ever After of Her Own is just the kind of thing for Indie Publishing. It’s too short and too quirky for any publisher to deign to notice, and yet it’s perfect for the Kindle. Ms. Lee has done a professional job on the production. The formatting is wonderful. I saw no typos or technical mistakes to take me out of the story.

It’s a wonderful story, but it could have been closer to fabulous with a stronger editor. There’s a streak of weak sentences that run through the piece, and at least one very minor story element that a good editor would discuss with the author.

But who cares? In a non-indie world, this story would still exist on Ms. Lee’s website and newsletter. Not impossible to find, but highly unlikely. In today’s brave new world, we get to enjoy it, the Olde Publishing Gods be damned, haha!

EDIT: In re-reading this review, I’m embarrassed to say it does not reflect my enthusiasm for this novella. I needed a strong editor! ha. I really, really, really enjoyed this story and I wholeheartedly recommend it. In fact, as I was reading, the pictures in my head were so vivid that it left me wanting to see the teevee movie version on SyFy. Sigh. Fie…

A note on my rating. I struggle with giving grades or rankings on reviews, so I’ve come up with this idea: I would have gladly paid 1.99 for this story, so this is my rating. (You can get it at Amazon for only .99!)