The Book Worm: Review: Winter Fairy

Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Winter Fairy


Recuperating ballerina Penelope Glazier can enchant the young girls in her Fairy Dreams class, but will her magic work on Carson Langley, the sexy but straight-laced single father of her most talented student? Widowed doctor Carson Langley didn't know what surprises him more at his six-year-old's dance recital, that his reticent daughter is the star of the show or that the attractive teacher, Penelope Glazier, seems to have gotten through to his girl. Too bad she considers teaching a temporary job before she returns to her professional touring company. Even if he were willing to take a risk with his heart, he has to protect his daughter, Eloise. Free-spirited Penelope Glazier doesn't believe the stories she heard about Eloise. All she sees is a creative girl who needs some direction and she's the perfect person to provide it while she recovers from a near catastrophic injury. After spending time with Eloise and her by-the-book father, she recognizes that despite their differences, they have a connection. When Penelope lands a plum part will she dance out of Carson and Eloise's life forever? Or will she take on her riskiest part ever?
Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: December 2015

Offensive content: not much to report. There are a couple of sex scenes, but not too graphical.


Winter Fairy is a nice romance story. Not amazing, but nice. It's a novella, so the characters are not very well developed, and there are some details missing, but overall everything makes sense and fits together. 

From the synopsis I thought Penelope was a ballerina, and I was kind of disappointed when she turned out to be more a of a Broadway dancer/singer. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just a reflection of my personal preferences in relation to dance and also a reaction to the fact tat the synopsis was misleading, which is a huge no-no for me. I also would have liked to know a bit more about Carson's professional life. All we know is that he's a doctor a lives a busy life (don't we all?) but in the story he comes across as more of a business man than a doctor. Oh, and I really don't like the cover of the book - way too cheesy, when I think the story deserved better...But again, minor details. 

I usually shy away from novellas and short stories precisely because of this lack of detail. For me they are a bit like arriving 15 minutes late to the movies: you enjoy the film anyway, but keep wondering about what you missed. Still, this is a well written coherent story about two people that view life very differently but are drawn together through the love of a child. And despite all my rantings above, I was actually pleased that I could read it in just one afternoon. 

So even though the Winter Fairy is not downright amazing, it's still an interesting story to keep you warm and cozy on lazy afternoons or cold winter nights. 

Happy readings!

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