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Title: The Corner of Forever and Always
Series: Everland, Georgia #2
Author: Lia Riley
Publisher: Forever Romance
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Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Fairy tales aren’t ever what they seem . . .

Tuesday Knight’s dream of Broadway stardom has flopped, leaving her unemployed and brokenhearted. Ready to quit kissing frogs and make her own happily-ever-after, she takes a job as a princess in Everland, Georgia’s historical amusement park.

Mayor Beau Marino lives an unenchanted existence-all work, no play-which is fine by him. After his marriage ended in disaster, the last thing he wants in his life is more drama. But Everland’s new free spirit has a talent for getting under his starched collar.

When the town’s beloved but bankrupt park might be shut down, Tuesday and Beau face a choice. Can they join forces, save the day and each other? Or will their fierce battle of wills destroy any chance of a fairy-tale ending?

REVIEW 

Everland is a throwback to another era when you knew your next door neighbor, people supported each other and a community was just that. Quaint and quirky the town of Everland is a safe haven for the people who live there. Everyone is accepted for who they are with all of their idiosyncrasies. For someone without a large support network Everland provides the family they have been missing.

Tuesday and Beau have been at odds since they met in It happened on Love Street. As the sister and best friend respectively of Pepper and Rhett, Tuesday and Beau are thrown together regularly, their antagonism toward each other masking a ferocious attraction. However, both Tuesday and Beau are still licking the wounds of previous relationships.

It is obvious Tuesday and Beau belong together, unfortunately, they have to deal with the ghosts of relationships past in order to move forward not only with a relationship but with their lives which have stagnated due to their emotional barriers. Watching them deal with their issues felt as if the reader where part of the community secretly plotting to bring them together. The reader becomes fully invested in the outcome not only of the relationship between Beau and Tuesday but also that of the town of Everland.

The narrative has a fairytale quality to it with a subtle nod to a number of fairytales within the plot, it was fun linking the fairytales to the events taking place in Everland.

The ongoing storyline featuring the wicked witch of Hogg Jaw (the neighboring and competing town) added an extra element to the plot and cleverly wove plot threads together.

While both main characters develop through The Corner of Forever and Always, it is Tuesday who really comes into her own. Having lost a lot of her confidence through a toxic relationship, Tuesday is able to regain her confidence and independence slowly but surely with her interactions with the good people of Everland. Plus there is a little bit of magic mingled in 😉

Coincidently, there are some topical issues covered in The Corner of Forever and Always referring to cast couch mentality, grooming, and emotionally abusive relationships.

The Corner of Forever and Always is a slow-burn romance that will rekindle your belief in fairytales ♥