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Gwynneth Ever After

(Ever After #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  120 reviews

Cinderella had it easy.

Gwynneth Jacobs? Not so much.

Raising three kids on her own while working full time isn't exactly the life Gwynneth dreamed she'd have. But when her husband walked out, leaving her to pick up the pieces, Gwyn learned the hard way that there is no such thing as "happy ever after." And that's one lesson she's not about to forget...until a chance encount

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Michem Publishing (first published 2010)
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Ash Wednesday
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers looking for a light, contemporary adult fairytale
"I'm too old to believe in fairy tales, Gareth," she said quietly. "And my kids are too young to have to stop believing in them."

Setting aside the dialogue that tips the cheesy scale a few times too often, the severely dated character details on the hero (because, seriously, what man can pull off a ponytail at 42 in 2013 and not get any grief?) and the pathologically stereotypical plot progression…

This was a pretty decent read.

This was, for all intents and purposes, a fairytale story
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is my first read by this author and the start of the Ever After series.

Gwynn is a mother of three who is trying her hardest to work and provide for her kids. She stays clear of men to protect her heart. That is until Gareth enters her life.

I thought this was a well written sweet story. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin is a 2014 Michem publishing publication. I was provided a copy of this book by e reader discovery review book club in exchange for an honest review.

This is a cute, feel good, love story that made me smile.

Gwynneth ( with two n's), is a single mother of three and Gareth is a famous Hollywood actor who meet by chance and strike up a friendship.

But, the last thing Gareth expected to happen while he was hiding out at at his cousin's home in Canada, was to fin
4.5 stars
This was a wonderful read for me. It was a great break from angst, danger, mystery or anything else other than slow sweet love. Don’t misunderstand there were issues to deal with, but they were handled without over the top drama. It slowly builds from beginning to end.

Gwyn is raising three children on her own and is a very strong woman that has been badly hurt and betrayed. I really liked the fact that she didn’t fall for Gareth right away. I mean she knew who he was, who didn’t? She p
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who's a romantic at heart
4,5 stars

Review originally posted at PaperbackWonderland

ARC provided by netgalley

I think the stars are a pretty good indication...but i have to say it in capital letters and screaming at the top of my lungs (i'm a little introverted so bear in mind, that I'm doing it inside my head, cough...):


And lately i'm not the kind of person who enjoys contemporary stories. But this one won me over!!

The writing, the fluidity of the story, the characters, their feelings, reactions, for me
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Gwynneth the single parent of three children finds herself in close quarters with a movie star.

A bit star-struck, she plans to treat him normally.

Gareth is a bit intrigued by this woman. Older and more mature than other women he has dated (although younger than him by seven years), he takes her out to coffee.

It was a lovely romance novel. A persistent hero and a heroine who has been burned too badly before.

What I loved about these characters was that they were mature. It was
This was a very sweet, adorable contemporary romance. I loved the premise and found myself wrapped up in it right from the beginning. Gwyn and Gareth were both wonderful characters. I loved that the underlying theme was the fairy tale romance; single mother of three attracts the attention of a movie star, even though she doesn't believe in happily ever afters.

Though I found much of it to be wonderful, it was flawed. I didn't understand why the heroine all of a sudden become mute halfway through
Blodeuedd Finland
This was a sweet story. It had its share of drama and heartache, but also hope and love.

Gwyn has 3 kids and does not want to let a man come close. Totally understandable cos her ex was an ass. She is hardworking and loves her kids. They are a perfect family (which means normal, messy and real.) Then she meets a guy, a famous actor. Yes not really the man of her dreams. But Gareth has his own soul searching going on. I did like the way they fell for each other. It felt real. She was not like the
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-14
I loved this adorable romance! I devoured it while on vacation and was left with such a feel good feeling.
The story begins with Gwynneth, a divorced mother of 3 children, who goes to the theater to sketch different scenes as a birthday gift for a friend. She is supposed to have a private box but ends up sharing it with Gareth, a gorgeous Welsh actor. There is an instant attraction for this persistent hero and hesitant heroine. As Gareth pushes his way into Gwynn's life, she keeps him at arm's l
D. Messing
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, where to start?? I didn't expect to like this story as much as I did, I'm usually more of a horror/paranormal reader but this sounded good and it was an excellent read. I was worried it was going to be a sappy, gooey love story but it's actually pretty complex which kept it from being too saccharine. I found myself rooting for Gareth and Gwynneth throughout the story, and actually cheered at the ending which embarrassed my ten year old son to no end! Very well done!
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “He should definitely walk away. He’d be a fool if he didn’t. And perhaps a greater fool if he did.“

Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, and so she ha
What a sweet novel. I felt so good reading this book. I felt even better after reading. It was a simple and quick read. I knew how it would end, but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment at all because this book appealed to the mature woman, the mommy and the hopeless romantic in me. If you love second chance HEAs, this book is for you.

Gwynneth (with two “N”) Jacobs was a single mother of three. She was working hard as an architect and doing her best to balance work life with home life.

One day on a projec
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gwynneth Ever After Linda Poitevin

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

A real feel good simple romance here :) I love those, I'd just been reading some dark fantasy and needed something light and loving to counteract the deep emotions I was feeling. Gwyn and Gareth did just that. Gwynneth had been badly let down when her ex left days after she'd had their twins, leaving her with three young children. She'd rarely dated in the four years since then not wanting to give her kids a procession of men through th
Such a refreshing change to read about a relationship in my own age bracket! I really loved this love story. Set in a city far away from the bright lights of Hollywood, we meet Gwynneth and her adorable 3 children. Gwyn has been both parents to her 3 children since their father walked out of their lives and Gwyn has guarded her heart and fiercely protected her family ever since. She has let no one into her heart or home for fear of them being hurt again.
Now throw one Hollywood superstar, namely
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Review Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review *

I believe this story is a self-published novel (although I could be wrong) and it is very well written. Unlike alot of self-pub's it is not full of spelling and grammatical errors and the story flows beautifully. The main characters are well developed and after the first couple of chapters you are utterly enchanted and absorbed into the life of Gwyn.

This is what I'd call a "grown up" romance.
Gwyn - our leading lady - is a 35 y
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED This book. I read an excerpt on the author's web page and was impressed. Actually I was caught up and desperately needed to finish the story. The author let me know it was available on Net Galley and I immediately requested it. I read the book every moment I had free. Okay I stayed up until I finished it, (I am writing this at 4:20 AM). This is a light romance between a single mom of a three and a famous Hollywood actor. She has issues that deal with her husband abandoning her and the ch ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from the Author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Let me start out by saying that I don't read contemporary romances, but knowing I enjoyed Linda's writing style, I decided to give Gwynneth Ever After a shot and not hand it off to one of my guest reviewers like I would normally do. I am so happy that I did. The book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down, the characters became instant favorites, and the s
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poitevin is doing this as a free serial read on wattpad - there are a fair number of chapters up right now but it only took me three or so to get hooked and succumb to the one-click.

The leads are very appealing: a single mother of three young kids who is an architect and a handsome Welsh actor who is in supposed to be staying off the radar in her Canada home town while he waits to conduct some personal business. They meet at the theatre and he's charmed by her and the fact that she doesn't swoo
Aldera Chisholm
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many of us have fantasized what we would say if we ended up next to our favourite movie star? I know I would be star struck, as much as I would love to be calm, cool, and collected. And that is exactly what happens to Gwynn. In the midst of her very hectic life as a single mom, Gwynn catches the attention of a Hollywood hearthrob.

I love that Gwynn doesn't immediately fall head over heels - her family comes first, and Gwynn struggles to balance her happiness with what she believes is the righ
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Gwynneth Ever After is a lovely contemporary romance novel that is set in Canada.

An ordinary single mother, Gwynneth has built her life around her three young children, working as an architect from her home, so that she can meet their needs. While attending a play that was written by a friend, she accidentally meets Gareth Connor, a famous actor who is visiting the area and finds herself drawn to him, despite herself.

This story is notable for the quiet normal life of its heroine. She works, tak
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly sweet, contemporary romance, heavier on the build-up, milder on the sex.

This book kind of reminds me of the movie Notting Hill, but in reverse and with kids.

Gwyn is a 35 year old single mother of 3 who doesn't have time to worry about a man in her life. By happenstance she meets Gareth Connor, British Actor, who's visiting his family in Canada for a few weeks. She's completely swept off her feet by him, of course who wouldn't be, um hello...and can't understand why he woul
Michelle Thomas
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being abandoned by her husband Gwynneth (with 2 n's) devotes her life to her three children, making sure they and herself are safe from ever being abandoned again. Then a chance encounter with Gareth Connor movie star changes everything. Gareth manages to become a part of her and her children's lives inspite of her mistrust but Gareth has a secret that will test and possibly destroy Gwyn's trust. Can Gareth show Gwyn that he loves her and her children and would never be like her ex-husband ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Sometimes you need a heartfelt, sighing, sweet romance, and this is book fits the bill perfectly. This is such a satisfying romance, and as a bonus, features several very realistic children characters.

Children characters in romance books tend to be either absent or seriously stereotyped. The children in this book are very much fully developed and realistic, and add a touch of homey amusement to the story. It made the romance that much sweeter because it felt possible.

Gwyn’s situation was realist
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Gwynneth Ever After from Machem Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Sweet contemporary romance novel- a little predictable, but definitely hit the spot! I laughed, cried a little and wanted more by the end.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sincerely loved this story. It was so cute to see a guy be so good with Gwyn's with two n's kids. Her children Katie(7) and twins Nicolas and Maggie(4) were adorable. So she meets the famous British actor Gareth Connor at a theatre performance where Gwyn is clumsy as ever sketching during the whole performance but leaves Gareth entrances in this beautiful woman. Her car proceeds to not be running so he offered to take her for coffee and then home. He is super kind to her and can't halo but sm ...more
Mary Fazzi
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! Absolutely fell in love with this story. Geynneth with 2 n's, is a singe mom with three, yes, three kids. All are quite young. 2 are twins and in half day preschool and one in kindergarten. She goes out for one night to make something for her best friend when she meets Gareth Conner a movie star that's staying with his one family member and needed a night out. What he found was Gwyn and the way these 2 adults share a conversation and laugh and truly enjoy one another makes Gwyn live in a ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I've only gotten to reading one Linda Poitevin's books after following her for years!? But better late than never, because, oh my, was I missing out.

Also, how did I not know that this particular book fits exactly the trope I was scouring the world of books high and low last year?! Again, better late than never.

Gwynneth Ever After starts fun and devolves into major feels-y drama - but with the knowledge that as a romance it will surely end well, that's okay - with plenty of sweetn
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books, owned
Gwynneth with two N's Ever After written by Linda Poitevin, is a sweet simplistic, (in a good way), romance novel that follows the auburn haired beauty, Gwyn Jacobs, an architect and single mother of 3 as she begins a romance with handsome movie star Gareth Connor.
The two meet randomly at the theater while Gwyn, works on a birthday present for her best friend Sandy. This meeting leads to coffee which leads to more...
This book is one that you read curled up under a blanket as the rain pounding t
 Mummy Cat Claire
I was attracted to this cover. However, the cover doesn't really depict the plot as much as I thought it would.

Gwyn Jacobs is a single mom with three kids She works from home as an architect and never sleeps. By chance, she meets Gareth Connor (the hottest, single, celebrity ever) at a theater in Ottawa, Canada. Gwyn was there to sketch the play for a client in what she thought was a secluded box. She finds Gareth there and she makes an impression on him. He asks her out and the two get to know
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy Ever After

Gwyn is raising her three kids on her own when she meets Gareth. She is a architect and works from home. They met while she was sketching the theatre her friend pay was at, he is visiting his cousin, in a private booth. They hit it off. He's a big name actor. But what is a lot about chance.
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Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, the youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard. Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she ca ...more

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