Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 4 September 2012
Sophia Thorne is a fairy on a mission armed with a little magic, a grandmother and a set of rules that she must never ever break. Sophia quickly settles in even though she isn’t that good at her job. She can’t afford to fail however as she might end up losing her wings.
My biggest problem with this novel was Sophia’s characterisation. One minute she is this naïve fairy and the next she is grinning a crude references. She breezes into town as a Mission Fairy, determined to help a spoilt little girl, Anne. I could never really understand what Anne had done to earn the visit of a Mission Fairy but Sophia reveals her Mary Poppins-ish skills and completely reforms the brat. She disregards both fae and society’s mores and in doing so delights Ashley.
Our hero is supposed to have murdered his wife and if he had, I actually wouldn’t have minded. It would have demonstrated that he had some backbone. Everyone, apart from Sophia and Anne shun him – Sophia because she thinks someone that handsome and nice couldn’t be guilty and Anne probably because she wants sweets. I shouldn’t be so flippant as he does care for his daughter, even if he isn’t used to disciplining her or spending time with her. His social exile is self-enforced and I wish he had the strength withstand the rumours, for the sake of Anne.
I didn’t care for the ending very much as centuries long laws were swept aside like crumbs from a table. Surely there could have been some other way to resolve the situation? On the other hand, I did like Ronald the garden gnome and the concept of the fae world.
I enjoyed much of this book and could tolerate Sophia’s changeable personality but the denouement just killed it for me unfortunately.