Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Gwynneth Ever After is the story of Gwyn Jacobs, single mother of three, working hard to be everything her children need her to be. Several years ago her husband went out to get milk and simply never returned, so she does what she must to survive, which is pretty amazing. That kind of steel, however, comes with limitations, namely that no man has been able to get close to her or the kids in ages. But a chance meeting at the theater throws Hollywood heartthrob Gareth Connor into her path, and turns her well ordered life on its ear. One cup of coffee turns into regular meetings and an eventual meeting of her children. I think Linda Poitevin did a great job of showing how difficult it can be for a woman like Gwyn to date and trust after what she’s been through, while also showing just how crazy life can be when you fall for a superstar.
One of the things I loved best about Gwynneth Ever After is how quickly the kids took to Gareth because it was the one thing that seemed to scare Gwyn the most. Ottawa wasn’t his home so he’d be leaving eventually and her second-guessing everything was typical and annoying. Her skepticism at his interest in her is reasonable, but she gives Gareth a fair shot and they quickly grow to care for one another. I love that Linda Poitevin let us see them weighing the benefits of a relationship; it’s very adult and not very exciting but it is essential to their love story. This was a sweet adult love story with familiar romance themes and a satisfying end.