The book revolves around Fern, an aging (thirty something) barmaid/singer, who’s suddenly given the chance to be a superstar. At the same time, she might be falling in love with one of her bosses – the famous opera singer Evan David. While it does sound like she’s stepping into a fairy-tale, she does have things that keep her “grounded”, her separating parents, and her very sick nephew.
I was honestly surprised to find out this was the tenth Carole Matthews book. To me, it read like how an early work would be – a bit unpolished, but with potential. For one thing, the time it took for Evan Davids to fall in love with Fern was way too fast, it was almost as quick as most YA novels nowadays. And another would be how Fern is so lucky in such a short span of time, when before, she seemed to have absolutely no luck at all.
As for the narration, a good portion of the book is narrated by Fern, in first person. For a while, it got fairly annoying, but thankfully, as the book progresses, it switches between perspectives, which made the narration better.
The characters in this book were just ok. They weren’t spectacular, but they weren’t complete card-board characters. In fact, they were good enough to compel me to continue reading. I can’t say that I empathise with many of the characters, but I could at least understand where they were coming from.
Overall, this is a decent novel. It’s a light, easy read, although it does have a few weak points. If you haven’t read anything by Carole Matthews before, this might be a good start. If you’ve read her other novels, you might not be too interested in this.