Charming and the Cherry Blossom by LJ Evans

An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a book that will sway with the songs of your soul. For those of us that feel emotions deeply and know what it feels like to be knocked over by sadness, longing, happiness and all other emotions. You will fall in love with the deeply romantic story of Elle and Hudson. Their chance meeting on the college campus they both attend and all the extraordinary events that take place afterwards. 

But I think the part that moved me most was the quality of their love for one another and Evans’ ability to weave in the past family relationship dynamics to demonstrate ancestral family patterns and lessons learned throughout each of them. I cried so hard at the beauty of these broken and full relationships in the last few chapters of this book. It was almost too much to bear when you’ve experienced so many similar swaying emotions and tides. Watching family relationships be torn apart by rash emotional decisions.

This is so much more than a fairytale. In a lot of cases, when you think of a fairytale retelling you immediately think princess, monsters, the villain and all that sits in between. But what Evans’ delicately sewed together was about the fragility of life; how easily we can be swayed to make decisions that leave a deep ridge within our souls and forever change us; for good and bad. 

Charming and the Cherry Blossom has found a special spot in my heart that is tucked away for very emotional experiences and this is one of them. A longer book and very little steamy action that takes place – this is an emotional journey across time and voids where two souls come together and find that peacefulness that we all unconsciously seek. You’ll feel exhausted from the rampant emotions of reading this book, but you’ll be so much fuller at the end than where you started.


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  • 👩‍🎓 Old-soul college students
  • 👑 A surprise inheritance
  •  🏡Small town
  • 🧚‍♀‍ Magical Realism
  • 🏰 Fairy tale vibe
  • 💘 Complete standalone


“Love turns every story into a fairy tale.”

Today was a fairy tale…

I inherited a fortune from a dad I never knew,

And a thoroughly charming guy asked me out.

Unfortunately, my fairy tale could disappear in ninety days… 

Because there’s an impossible task to complete,

And a greedy cousin plotting against me.

Plus, I’m not your typical fairy tale princess.

I have a secret that might send my charming running,

And threatens my future if the press finds out.

If today was a fairy tale…

Why does my happily ever after look so far out of reach?

From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a contemporary romance filled with all the magic, hope, and love of a fairy tale plus the slow-burn, old-soul vibe her fans adore. Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale,” this small-town romance is pure escapism.

A full-length, standalone adult romance.

-♬ “Where music & stories collide” ♬

About LJ Evans

Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the terrors called cats. She’s been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. A former first grade teacher, she now spends her days reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, A Discovery of Witches, Veronica Mars, and Stranger Things.

If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt—sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis, which is exactly why LJ loves fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.

Her debut novel, MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, was the Independent Author Network’s 2017 YA Book of the Year.

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