Affairytale by C.J. English

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4 1_2 Star Review


I had an affair. The most forbidden and seductive affair, and fell in Love.

He was a rare gentleman, intelligent and gorgeous; a man every woman desired. Every cell in my body was telling me that he was my happily ever after. I was stuck in a marriage of mediocrity, I ached for red silk romance and carry me away passion, but not with my husband. I craved Him. Living without him was cruel and unusual punishment, even for my wandering heart.

Affairytale is a tantalizing memoir of sultry encounters, hidden grottos and secret hillside cabins. From the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the Southern shores of Maui you’ll fall in love with this tell-all memoir that pulls back the veil on infidelity and gives you rare look into hearts and bedroom of a real life extramarital affair. Woven with original love letters and scandalous text messages, this engrossing true love story is sure to break then win your heart.

True Love always finds a way.
Sometimes…it starts with an affair.

Wenns ReviewThis book is probably one of the hardest books I WANTED  to review.

First I want to say that in this review I am not judging C.J.’s life, I am writing about my feelings, my very personal feelings while reading this book.

I understand that some readers won’t read it because it is a memoir or because it deals with an affair, but without the affair C.J would not have lived this fairy tale.

This is a real story, a real love story. One that is stronger than anything and will leave you asking yourself how you define true love.

When C.J meets Grant, she’s already in a relationship with Levi and she is trying to do her best for herself, her daughter and her family. But her attraction to Grant is stronger than anything else she’s experienced .  I couldn’t believe how strong C.J. was in denying the pull she felt  toward Grant. And it saddened me to see she was married to the wrong person.

If all marriages are unhappy and take work, then mine was no different. I stayed because I was foolish enough to believe those things were true.”

I had so many feelings while reading this book. I wished so desperately that I knew C.J during the hard times she had to go through alone. I felt like I totally understood her struggles and lived them with her. I wanted to be there, to hold her hand and to tell her she would be okay. But at the end of this journey, she did it all by herself, showing strengths and weaknesses, but above all…..humanity.

“I wanted to live, really live before I die. I wanted to know what it feels like to be loved by the man of my dreams.
Levi was the man I couldn’t live with, and Grant was the man I couldn’t live without.”

I felt my heart burst with sadness for C.J.’s denied right to happiness and I felt it spark when those two soulmates finally achieved what they deserved so much…

To my awe and amazement what I got […], was nothing short of a glorious beginning to the rest of my life.”

It was so hard to see her defeated at certain points in the book. She goes head down into a marriage knowing it would be hard. And knowing she’s not in love, not the RIGHT love. I just wanted to whisper in her ear that she could leave, that she deserved to be happy…

While re-reading the sentences I highlighted and the notes I made, I realized that this book completely wrecked me.

There are some parts where you can’t help but wonder what you would have done in her position and the writing, the notes, the messages…. It all feels right and makes it worth the heartache.

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