Review: Charming and the Cherry Blossom by LJ Evans
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
You know how you sometimes need a palate cleanser of sorts when it comes to your reading? That's precisely what LJ Evans's newest novel was for me, and it truly was a joy to read and very much what I needed. Charming and the Cherry Blossom is the story of Ellery Dioli, an eighteen-year-old college student whose life changes in more ways than one. An inheritance from a father she never knew is presented to her and meeting twenty-year-old yoga instructor and theater major Hudson Rodrigues make her feel like she's at the beginning of a fairy tale. But her happily-ever-after isn't guaranteed, not when her inheritance comes with conditions. Will her new reality be a dream come true or will it turn out to be a nightmare instead? Can the Willow Witch become the Princess Cherry Blossom and will she live her fairy tale alongside a charming prince of a man too?
This book wasn't just good for my heart; it was good for my mind and my soul. All I had to do was have my tablet in my hands, relax against a pile of pillows, and get swept away by this enchanting story of love and perseverance. It would be so easy to slap the label of "naive" on Elle, but I don't think she was that at all. If anything, she was someone who preferred to embrace positivity and see things in a brighter light. She was refreshing, as was Hudson, who was truly someone who proved himself worthy of a beautiful person like Elle. With the heavier and more emotional books that I've been reading as of late, having a book as magical as this one brought such joy my way. I love that LJ Evans is flexing her creative muscle, and with this lovely new standalone, she showcases yet another facet of her storytelling skills. Five stars go to Charming and the Cherry Blossom.
Release Date: 16 July 2021
Date Read: 12 July 2021
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