Book Review – The Fairy Shop by Tara Lain

Publisher: Tara Lain Books
Pages: 97
Characters: Nate/Asher
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary

A single dad who needs love. A child who needs courage.

Sounds like a job for a fairy.

When Nate Hawthorne meets Asher Dane, the huge, tattooed hunk embodies Nate’s dreams – and his daughter’s nightmares. Delly’s terrified of big men.

Then Nate and Delly find The Fairy Shop, a mysterious store where a unique proprietress sends Delly in search of the wand that will make her brave.

On a snowy Christmas Eve, love and courage meet under the influence of a most unusual fairy and Nate and Delly’s lives change forever.

THE FAIRY SHOP is a single dad, opposites attract, small town, MM holiday romance—wrapped in the magic of love.

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I loved this sweet short story. Nate is a loving father who puts the emotional wellbeing of his child above his own happiness, yet the magic of the fairy shop gives him and Asher their own HEA. I thought it was a lovely feel good read to be enjoyed all year round.

I loved the scenes between Nate and Delly, and how sweet and kind he with her. It shows a lot about the kind of person he is. Asher is lovely, and the scene where Nate and Delly find out exactly what Asher does for a job is magical. Asher’s vocab is great, and he’s fabulously well read. I would have loved to find out more about his background. The scene where he connects with Delly is very sweetly written.

The supporting cast is wonderful. I loved Marjorie, the lady who babysits for Nate, and Ophelia is magical. I enjoyed the magical realism vibe of the story, which was a perfect way to spend an evening.

4.5 out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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