Thursday, January 24, 2013

ONCE UPON A WEEKEND by Tina Swayzee McCright

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date published: 12-12-2012
ISBN: 978-1-61217-547-8
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.


Hannah Lawrence has just accepted a new job as the manager of hair salon in a replica of a castle. She spends the weekend with the owner’s brother, a builder working on finalizing the construction before opening day.

Tate Browning adores his sister and will do anything for her, even building her a castle for her hair dressing salon. Unfortunately he’s not so keen on her best friend, a witch, and ends up getting cursed.

But spending a weekend with Hannah is not such a bad thing at all.

This fractured fairy tale is actually quite a clever and engaging little story, but it almost lost me right at the start, when the hero describes his own clothes (no real hero would do this), then someone else describes them again (so please delete the previous description!).
The artist is referred to as Jackson Pollack, but a 0.27 second check with Google would have shown both the author and the editor it’s actually Jackson Pollock. Those kind of errors are sheer laziness by both author and editor.

However, once the story gets moving it is fun, interesting and worth reading. All the characters are fascinating people with great little quirks and details given about them, and the fairy tale is neatly woven into the modern day storyline. 

So it’s actually worth sticking with this book past chapter one and enjoying the tale.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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