Once upon a time, a lovely maiden from Fresno married the man of her dreams. After the honeymoon, she waited for the “appily ever after” but her Prince Charming turned out to be a toad. Now Holly Bishop is about to write a new chapter in her life. She moves to San Francisco to become an even planner – only to find she is dealing with a gorgeous fairy godmother for a boss and corporate witches wicked enough to sabotage her future. Not to mention the egomaniacal frogs Holly finds lurking at the bottom of the dating pool. With no one to save her will Holly slay the dragons herself and stand on her own for the very first time? Will the man behind the mask at her costume ball make her believe in love again? And will she risk giving up her drams to become the heroine of her own story?
Holly has grown up being the “good girl”, following the rules and hoping for her “happily ever after”. When she meets and marries Frenchman Jean-Marc, she thinks she finally has landed everything she’s ever wanted. Until he crushes her dreams on their wedding night and though they continue to live a lie for months, Holly finally knows the only choice she has is to file for divorce. With the filing, comes the need to escape and Holly finds herself in San Francisco working for an event planning company and struggling to even get out of bed every morning. Finally, Holly realizes that she can’t live as she’s been carrying on and begins the adventure of trying to figure out exactly who she is and what she wants from life. First being the strong desire to not be such a good girl anymore.
After a couple of really bad dates and so-so encounters, Holly figures out that she doesn’t need or want a man to complicate things and is better off discovering herself without one. This is when she really comes to her own, she makes new friends and catches up with old ones, puts herself out there and really works hard making something of herself for the company she works for. Holly puts her neck on the line to save an even that means everything to her boss, David. When it’s learned that the event is struggling and may need to have the plug pulled, Holly goes behind her supervisor’s back to make sure it can become a huge success. Unfortunately, the supervisor eventually learns of her secret and seeks to destroy Holly’s existence at City Events.
Holly overcomes because she’s much stronger than she gives herself credit for, she has drive and determination and though she struggles to make sense of the relationship she shares with people, especially her mother, by the end of the book you know this girl has finally gotten it together. And it’s not without a bit of romance in it’s own right, though the main focus is on being happy with who you are without needing someone else to bring you fulfillment and ultimately, I think Holly finds this.
I enjoyed this book and think it puts forth an important factor to consider. That we should seek who we want to be without expecting someone else to complete us, without feeling fulfilled on your own, how can you truly find lasting happiness outside of yourself?