Pumpkin Single mother Malika Pumpkin Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad Now she believes she s not cut from the storybook heroine cloth and searches for Mr Good Enough amongst the sid

  • Title: Pumpkin
  • Author: Ines Johnson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Single mother Malika Pumpkin Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad Now she believes she s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.Love at first sight isn t a cliche for town royalty Armand Manny Charmayne For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmSingle mother Malika Pumpkin Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad Now she believes she s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.Love at first sight isn t a cliche for town royalty Armand Manny Charmayne For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees nothing, but sparks fly off the richter scale The he gets to know her the he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.

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    1. 2 stars for the cutesy fairy tale spin, which was sweeteven though we know nothing of what the hero looks like besides having grey eyes. I kept seeing these disembodied grey eyes floating around. Anyway. 3 stars though for the heroine, an English high school teacher, addressing the "customer is always right" model that is American education. Because, thank you!The customer of course being the lazy, indisciplined little fucks who think showing up in class entitles them to an A grade participation [...]

    2. This was great in all kinds of ways. I thought the overall structure--retelling of Cinderella with a single mom in the title role--was really well executed, and I liked that it was self-consciously done. (Pumpkin has dreams of being a screenwriter, and she's always thinking in terms of casting, plots, movies, etc.) I really liked the setting and background drama: the election, with the accompanying conflict between the fishermen and the BP-like company that's polluted the waters off the coast of [...]

    3. AwwwThis was a beautiful story. I enjoyed reading this book. Very Cinderella like. Manny was a wealthy bachelor looking for the one and she was standing in front of him the whole time. Pumpkin (Malika) had given up on love because of the frog that abandoned her. But an accidental encounter led her to her prince.

    4. A fun and entertaining single-mom fairy-tale that kept me turning the pages! I adored Pumpkin and enjoyed her journey to her happily-ever-after! I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.

    5. Taking a fairy tale and giving it a modern twist can be tricky, which is why I approach fairy tale adaptations with caution. Although, to be honest this one had me at 'cindermama' (and the simple, but beautiful cover design).Where do I start! The story starts off with an introduction to the heroine, Pumpkin, and her unenviable relationship with her cousins. In drawing a contrast between Pumpkin and her cousins, the author is able to show her heroine to be a woman of substance.The first meeting w [...]

    6. Do you believe in fairy tales? Well I certainly do and so does the mc in this book, Pumpkin. Pumpkin is a modern day Cinderella with a twist. She's a single mother! When her parents died in a car wreck, young Pumpkin was taken in by her mean spirited aunt and raised with her cousins, who make her life miserable. After college she rushed into a loveless marriage due to an unexpected pregnancy, only to find herself deserted by her husband soon after. Her evil twin cousins are stereotypical short s [...]

    7. Disclaimer : I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. So here it it !That was a pleasant read. At first I feared it would veered into a caricature of the "urban" twist on a fairy tale, especially because of the way the heroine and her cousins were portrayed, but fortunately it didn't. The writing was smart enough to acknowledge all the tropes and run with it in a fun and entertaining way. I liked the heroine and her little boy. She was smart and sensible, and I surprisingly didn [...]

    8. Fun storyNice twist on an old fairy tale. Enjoyed the story plan on reading the next one. I really liked it.

    9. Such a great read! Now I need the second one. Pumpkin and Manny were a modern fairytale romance. Filled with second chances and recasting the roles of ones own destiny.

    10. Pumkin had her hand full with her child and two grown children, her cousins and their children. She never ever expected to be swept off her feet in front of the welfare office. Then swept in to politics and the limelight she did not want anything to do with it. This was a different take on Cinderella. With some urban flare.

    11. The love story of Pumpkin (Malik's) and Manny (Armand). Pumpkin is a single mom who has stop believing in love. She meets Manny and her hold world changes. Can Pumpkin find her dream again or will she find another frog. Get story and African-American Cinderella story.

    12. Like no other fairytaleWhat a fun read! With reference to fairytale characters of our youth, this adult version is fun and sexy. A real page turner. Downloading another book now.

    13. Great storyI enjoyed escaping for a little while with the story. Not too long for a quiet afternoon read. nice ending

    14. The story was cute, but I felt it was lacking a bit. The ending felt incomplete and Manny desperately needed a physical description. We just got eyes and only the color of those eyes. G*psy shouldn't've been in the book, since it's a slur. But I still enjoyed the characters. I thought character development was there for our main. I love that second chances were a theme in the book. Manny and Pumpkin felt real. And Seth was the cutest child, I adored him.

    15. This was a wonderful story. A fairy tale for the contemporary woman. Malika has gone through so much in her life, from childhood straight through adulthood. I really empathized with her and that added a depth to the story. Armand was a true prince- his backstory wasn’t as intense as Malika’s, but it didn’t make him any less of a complete well rounded character.I loved the way Malika challenged Armand and made him think in a different way than where he’d originally been heading— which i [...]

    16. JudgementalPumpkin needed to live in reality instead of her head, how in heavens did she raised a child especially as she was very judgemental concerning her students which really bothered me, how could anyone judge another person so harshly and not look within their own insecurities, failures, and their world view on what went wrong with their life, it takes two, especially in the case of a relationship going south, to understand the many mistakes we make you should always look within, the only [...]

    17. Well this was definitely a fairy-tale Cinderella I mean Cindermama story. It was sweet, cute, romantic, funny and infuriating at times, but all good romances are. This one made me laugh out loud in a few spots and also brought a few tears near the end, but they were sweet-tears.The character development was great! I loved all the characters. I really became emotionally invested in them. Let me start with Pumpkin - What a cutie! I just adored her. I fell in love with her in the first chapter. She [...]

    18. Pumpkin is a single mother, who has given up on fairytale happy endings. Manny is from a rich family and running for mayor. When they meet, Manny knows Pumpkin isn't the one, because all his family have a gift where they see a golden aura around their true love. But whatever the magic may be saying about it, both of them have other ideas.This is a contemporary romance retelling of Cinderella, with light magical elements. Basically the ability to see auras taken to a more magical level. I liked t [...]

    19. 2.5 stars.Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares and her son Seth are dropping off Pumpkin’s s cousin pick up their welfare funds when they run into Armand “Manny” Charmayne, who has a voter’s registration table there. Immediately Pumpkin is mesmerized by Manny’s eyes but her head knows there is no way a guy like Manny could be with her. They come from different sides of the track and she learned the hard way that fairy tale romances are just fantasy.After an exchange of social views, Manny invi [...]

    20. Pumpkin is living her B grade life, hoping one day she might find her B grade guy, because if Pumpkin knows anything, it's that life's not easy, and not everyone gets a happy ending. Manny is from a wealthy family, he's also from a family that knows their true love as soon as they see them, so he has a rule, he only dates women for three months, that way they won't grow to find before he lets them go. Manny can't wait to find that woman he'll know is hos forever at first sight. When Pumpkin and [...]

    21. I got this book as an ARC last week but it looks like it's already been published. I'm really hoping that the fact that it's in NetGalley means that it's going to be re-released with some better editing. This was a fairly charming story (heh, charm-ing?) but the grammar/spelling mistakes started pulling me out of the plot. I don't mind one or two mistakes, especially in a book that hasn't been released yet but this looks like it's already out. Hopefully the second book (which I can't wait to rea [...]

    22. I liked the way the author took the fairytale concept and spun it into a new story. She writes a gently amusing story which is not deep but good for a lazy afternoon in front of the winter fire.Thus Pumpkin has 2 cousins who are selfish and use her for their own selfish means - small things like using her as a taxi, and failing to show up as a babysitter because they want to do something else.And Rumpel has the gypsy Sight to help him find talent - which he spins into gold disks. He sees talent [...]

    23. I love second chance at love stories! And combined with a Cinderella theme and you have me hooked.Pumpkin is a smart, sweet single mom that doesn't believe she deserves a prince. She tried that and it left her heartbroken and miserable. This time she wants to play it safe. Date the nice guy. You know the one that is usually in the friend zone.With a touch of magic this love story has some very realistic themes and beautiful characters. It was a fast easy read that I highly recommend!

    24. A.Mama.RomanceThis is such a funny romantic story that you just fall in love with it from beginning to end.I love the fact that writer captures all those little insecurities even the most confident of us can't escape.This is such a grown-up love story that lets you see the struggle between two intelligent people.This is a must read for anyone who want to be entertained and made to think a little.Also in case I forgot to mention this story also has a goodt of humor.I can't wait for the next insta [...]

    25. IThe story line was a great idea. Being a single mom is very difficult. And where as we all look for our Prince Charming, our Christian Grey, this was a little to fairy tale cheesy for me, I gave it 3 stars because again the idea of a single mom as the heroine was great but as you can see the chessiness of it took me some time to read it. There were to many fairy tale & movie references.

    26. Great finishWhen I started reading I wasn't impressed, but that changed before, I knew it, and I was finished by dinnertime. A great finish to a great story of every girls dream. Just the right amount of heat, the right balance of fairy tale and reality, made it a satisfying read. Well done!

    27. Wonderful Story! A must for single mothers who still believe.I absolutely love this book. As a single mom of three I know the struggles. I love Pumpkins speech she gave to the reporters. This book brings hope to all single moms who still dream their Prince Charming is still out there somewhere. I recommend this book to all who still believe in Fairytales.

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