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Fairy Tale Blues

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From the author of Crybaby Ranch, who 'writes with insight, humor, and complete control' (Tim Sandlin).

On the night of her twenty-sixth wedding anniversary, AnnieLaurie McFall does the unthinkable. Without a word to her husband Jess, she walks out on their celebration dinner and catches a flight to Florida. It's time for a sabbatical from marriage-and some serious soul-searching. So she sets herself up in the small coastal town of Hibiscus and creates the perfect six-month ...

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Overview

From the author of Crybaby Ranch, who 'writes with insight, humor, and complete control' (Tim Sandlin).

On the night of her twenty-sixth wedding anniversary, AnnieLaurie McFall does the unthinkable. Without a word to her husband Jess, she walks out on their celebration dinner and catches a flight to Florida. It's time for a sabbatical from marriage-and some serious soul-searching. So she sets herself up in the small coastal town of Hibiscus and creates the perfect six-month retreat to reimagine a storybook ending that could actually come true with Jess still her prince. What she discovers along the way is far more surprising, outrageous, and just plain fun than she ever expects.

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Welling recycles thematic elements from her first novel, Crybaby Ranch, in this underwhelming yarn of midlife empowerment. Annie McFall, fed up with her stifling marriage, leaves her husband, Jess, in the middle of their 26th anniversary dinner and flies from Wyoming to Florida, where her aging father and sister live. Annie indulges in self-betterment exercises and meets new friends. Writing from both Annie's and Jess's perspectives, Welling punches up her scenes with appealing splashes of humor. But the story proceeds in muted fashion as Jess slowly comes to terms with a past trauma, and Annie compiles a mundane list of steps to help her thrive within her marriage (e.g., "Enjoy personal friends," "Claim personal power"). Despite an odd though engaging incident involving a former drug smuggler and a spectacular lack of judgment on Annie's part, the novel never takes off. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451225948
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Welling

Tina Welling's essays have been published in magazines and several anthologies.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Who said Ever After always ended happily?

    The beauty of this book is that we get to see both sides of the story. I got to understand where Annie and Jess were coming from - their misunderstandings, their expectations, their love for one another even 3000 miles apart. Instead of painting one side of the story and having the reader side with Annie and glaring daggers at Jess, Tina Welling presents us with Jess who acts the way he does because of a major life-altering event in his childhood. We see how much he loves and depends on Annie, although he does not realize how much he takes her for granted until she leaves.

    Although I am not married, I felt that Tina Welling painted a solid and realistic picture of a long-time married couple who love each other, but need space from each other. I may be wrong, but I'd be eager to see what other readers think, especially those who are married. Fairy Tale Blues gave me some food for thought about my own relationship and a lot of hope for it.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

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    Engaging read about a couple who celebrate their 26th anniversary. But, the guy gives his wife the same gift he gave her for Valentine's Day as he is blistfully unaware. She gets upset and flys to Flordia to attend college classes to be creative. The chapters bounce back and forth between what each is doing as they aspire to reconnect. Numerous characters, a former DEA agent tossed in to spice things up.

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