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I have really enjoyed, not only this book, but the entire series. Helen is a talented writer who engages the reader with believable only too human -even for faeries - characters, and a quick moving storyline that is funny as well as keeping us in suspense by ensuring key parts hidden behind subtle hints.
Once I started reading this, I didn't want to put it down - even going so far as to read the tiny text on my phone whilst travelling on bumpy trains and tubes!
Saffron, with the help of her mixed and unexpected group of friends -faery, human, troll and furry - are hoping to bring the director of faery godmothers to justice once and for all. However, Saffron still has bills to pay and so needs a job, which proves more difficult as it seems some fingers can get into many pots and stir trouble for the unemployed faery making it harder to gain employment than she first imagined.
Despite all this, Saffron still believes she should help humans to the best of her ability whether this is the lonely old man in the supermarket or her 'lovely' new neighbour Ben.
We must not forget either that their is still a war to prevent between the faery godmothers and the trolls, which by staying in touch with troll leader Ethan, Saffron is hoping to achieve. Can Saffron manage this, or will Ethan decide to act upon his ingrained, and possibly justified, hate and mistrust of all things faery and take matters into his own hands?
All this she is doing whilst trying to keep the man she loves - Devil's Advocate Jasper - safe and alive, whilst still pretending she has no feelings for him. Will she succeed in keeping him safe and still gainfully employed? Will Jasper ever realise Saffron still loves him, so they can live happily ever after, as faery godmothers wish upon their clients? Only time - and chapters will tell!
Helen's writing is sophisticated and grown-up but not demeaning or condescending towards the reader and it improves the story telling.
Although I have happily given 5 stars, I really can't overlook the lack of solid editing and the fact that more than a couple of mistyped words still make it through to the production and selling phase. I have to believe that all writers not only strive to write to the best of their ability, but want their work edited to the same standard. It is a shame when so many mistakes make it through as it does interrupt the reader's flow as they have to work out the mistake and correct it themselves before continuing with the story. This does annoy and disappoint me.
Hopefully Ms. Harper or someone close to her reads these reviews and work will be made to ensure these mistakes (which are consistent throughout all her books - I have read them all except Eros which is next - so I have first-hand knowledge of them) are not made again or I should say will be picked up on before publication and be corrected prior to reaching the reader.
Finally I would like to thank Helen Harper for her imagination and time and I look forward to future -and better edited - works 😀
I love Helen Harper books. LOVE. And this series has been no exception. Her books have hidden gems of the funniest little unexpected moments!
Many times while reading Best Wishes, my husband gave me odd looks while I sat snickering quietly next to him.
Saffron is such a great character. And she has grown so much during the series! While her ‘healthy’ ego has remained intact, we have gone on the journey with has a she learned to become a leader, as well as to compromise and play nicely with others.
And so many of the other characters in the book also has their own progression throughout the story too. But without question, the best secondary character has to be Pumpkin. He might only be a little dude, but he’s got a big personality!
I also really enjoyed the somewhat subtle romance threading through the books. Saffron and Jasper’s path to love wine an added dimension to every aspect of the story. And I’m glad that they got to have their moment in the spotlight too.
I feel it would be remiss of me to finish without mentioning my new favorite book quote - this is for all you romantics out there!
‘I can just tell when a couple are meant to be together. It wafts off them. Like a…’ he searched around for the right word ‘…a mutual fart.’
If you haven’t read the ‘How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother’ series, you’re missing out. These books are awesome.
The final installment in this creative series where fairy godmothering is an industry is a satisfying conclusion. The beginning starts a bit slow and to be honest there are a few seemingly pointless side plots that alternate between in exciting and very engaging but then seem to diverge from the main plot. Sometimes occurrences seem a little too fortuitous but it does make you wonder if it’s intentionally so with manipulations playing into the mess of Saffron’s life. In any case, it’s worth reading on because the culmination is very satisfying. The plot catches on to the questions raised in former books and the twists are in line with previous Harper-level surprises. Saffron is a refreshing main character who makes mistakes and owns up to them but also stands up for what she believes and who she loves. Though the very end is a bit rushed, it leaves one with both a sense of happily ever after (with — thankfully — resolution with the Devil’s Advocate relationship) and a lingering taste of more intrigue for the canny Saffron Sawyer and her friends. A solid ending to this series that I’m glad I read, fun and interesting with an air of supernatural mystery.
Best Wishes by Helen Harper a five-star read that is the reading equivalent of a warm hug and a massive cup of tea. This is number four in the How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying) series and you are best reading them in order as they flow and build and just grow into an amazing story. Saffron Sawyer will make you smile, given the time we are in, we all need some of those, and she is just so warm and funny that you cant help but fall in love with her, much like everyone else in this story (well most of them anyhow). This just wrapped the story up with a fantastically massive bow. I must say that one of my favourite scenes and background characters was Albert, I feel like he is my older male counterpart as we both have the philosophy that an Iced bun helps solve everything. Thank you Helen for amazing writing as always and I for one cant wait to see what you come up with next.
I’ve now completed all four books in the series. Great characters and the focus was true to point from book one through all four. Truly a wonderful read, book by book. Helen Harper has become one of my favorite authors. It’s on to another series … can’t wait to discover what’s next on my horizon with her works … Thank you Helen Harper, you keep me up at night and often start my mornings.
This was once again a pleasure to read, I've read all of Helen Harper's series now and they are just of a superb quality that encourages me to buy everything she releases. This is the 4th and final book in the fairy godmother series and I was really happy with the way it progressed and with the ending itself. There were a few bits with the extended cast I would have liked to see tied up that weren't but these are small things and may leave scope for a short story or two in the future.....i would really love to see Rupert meet his match and get a bit of objectification of his own, with a happy ending of course! Maybe a little matchmaking with a certain rainbow fairy and delilah or something like that!