Beautiful Beautiful (Novella)
by Heidi Garrett
Series- Once Upon a Time Today # 1
Genre- Contemporary Fairy Tale Retellings
What is beauty? When is it nourishing... and when is it treacherous?
Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale. Mirabella's favorite is beauty beauty--the story of when her mother met her father. As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the darkest and equally light period in her life, she remembers...
Indie-film director, Kerrin Mayham is the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year." Winning means generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry competing for the leading role. The opportunity Kerrin has sacrificed to achieve is within reach. So are her personal demons.
The novella is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful." (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex) (90 pages)
It too me a bit of time to get into this story, and to see where it was headed. I enjoyed getting to see Kerrin with Mirabella, but also getting to see a younger Kerrin and all the life changes and decisions that brought her to where she was.
This book was a little dark and even the story Kerrin told Mirabella was quite disturbing. I loved the fairytale elements that blended so well with Kerrin's real life, and how she was able to turn them into a lesson her daughter could learn from.
Another great fairytale retelling that will grab your attention and hold you captive.
About the Author
Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.
She's also the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. Heidi's latest project is a collaboration with B. J. Limpin. They're cooking up a yummy paranormal romance!
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Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. She now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.
Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow.
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