Book Title: Happily
Book Author: Chauncey Rogers
Genre: Adventure, Fairytales, Humor, Juvenile Fiction
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Source: Provided by the author
Rating: 5 Dragon Paws
If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.
Laure is a street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests., if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and live to tell the tale.
Thank you Angelina! It’s wonderful to be here today.
I just wanted to do a quick post on where Happily came from. For those who received the very first Review Copies of Happily, they already know the story, as it was originally included in an introduction that I removed from the later editions.
For those who have read my previous novels, Happily may have been a bit of a surprise. I jumped from horror/thriller to a fairly light-hearted fairytale retelling. It is, I’m sure, not the greatest genre leap ever, but it was a bit of one.
The chief reason for the jump was my daughter, Ellie. When I had been working on my previous novel, Cleaving Souls, she would often ask me to read some of it to her. It wasn’t exactly age appropriate for a three-year-old girl, so I told her I’d read the next story to her. When she asked what it would be about, but I hadn’t decided yet. So I asked what I should write it about, and she quickly said, “Cinderella.”
I might have expected as much. Unfortunately, Cinderella is perhaps the most retold of all fairy tales. But I decided to think about it a bit and see what ideas floated to the surface.
The more I thought about Cinderella stories, the more I wanted to address some of the aspects that didn’t make sense to me, such as why the shoe didn’t fit, or why the prince couldn’t recognize the face of his true love and had to rely on a shoe-fitting contest.
I mixed those ideas with the thought that somebody ought to have tried—as in really tried—to dupe the prince. From those ideas, I got enough to start working on Happily. It took a while longer until I had the outline for a good story, but those were the essential pieces that I needed to address.
And as for Ellie, we actually just recently started reading the story to her. While I’m not sure how much of the plot she’s actually following, I am happy to at least say that she’s enjoying it.
Day 10 of 13 of Happily’s Release Blog Tour.
I have to admit, it took a while for me to finish the book. Mainly because of the bandits. Yes, this book has bandits. But, overall, I would give this book 5 stars. The author did a terrific job of telling the story that was happening while Cinderella was choosing her pumpkin and dealing with fairy godmothers. It was a story that could possibly be true if Cinderella existed.
I loved Laure and Luc- they were a good match together and balanced each other out- especially when they were dealing with sticky situations. I loved the twists that were added about the royal family, especially Carl’s reason for not knowing more about Cinderella. It was perfect.
I would highly recommend this book to teens and older. It’s for those who believe into fairy tales, romance, adventure, witty characters, and characters who aren’t afraid to stay memorable in the eyes of royalty. If I say anymore, it would it give it away!
Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.
You can follow him on his blog: Chauncey Rogers to see what else he has been up to.