When a novella manages to make you cry in the first chapter you know there's a good chance you'll have a winner on your hands. This entire story had me on an emotional roller coaster - very hard to do in under 200 pages. All the characters involved in the story were amazingly well written. I cheered for them to find a way through everything with every word. This was more than a book about two people falling in love - it was about the power one person has to change the course of an entire family - and to do it without even realizing it.
Gwen's touch in the Anderson family it felt immediately and strongly. Some embrace it while others (notably Carter) think she's a gold digger willing to anything to get a piece of their fortune. She battles these opinions throughout the whole book. I loved how people's minds weren't instantly swayed. Her process of winning them over was gradual and it had many bumps along the way.
The ending was perfect for me. It had just the right touch of a fairy tale while still somehow remaining firmly grounded in reality. I can't remember being so excited for two fictional characters in a long time.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*