Firstly, I would like to thank Camilla for getting in contact with me and offering me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book which paired a broken heart with a fairytale and it was an utter pleasure to read.
Ally is still reeling from her unforeseen breakup from James, the man she thought she would be spending the rest of her life with, which gets further embedded when she sees James with Vanessa, a woman from her work she can't stand and can't understand why James is with her. And then enters Arthur (or genie as he's known at the beginning of the book).
Arthur has been cursed to live his days trapped in a coffer providing women who are unlucky in love with five wishes to help them improve their lives. Ally is drawn to the coffer at a flea market but leaves it and heads home but the coffer has other ideas. When Ally returns home she does so with the coffer and Arthur in tow.
With Arthur's help and granting of wishes, Ally starts to try to win James back but what follows neither could ever have predicted. I really loved reading this book, at first I found it hard to connect to Ally but in the end I loved her! I loved reading her and Arthur interact, especially at the beginning when Ally was trying to get him used to the modern world and all the new technology it comes with which I just loved! I got the sense that Arthur wasn't used to feeling so lost in the world.
With this book, Camilla manages to intertwine the present day with the past and magic and that isn't an easy thing to do but she did it superbly and you really can picture Arthur perfectly. He is just so loveable and I was hoping and hoping all the way through the book that somehow his curse would be lifted and, even though Ally's endgame was to be with James, she would be with him instead. They were perfect for each other! I won't say whether that happens or not because I don't want to spoil the book.
My favourite thing about this book, as you can probably guess, was Arthur. He was just so lovely and the perfect character, you can tell from the beginning that Ally means more than just a charge to grant wishes for and when he's telling her his story I just got completely drawn in and loved getting to know about him and his past. He is also incredibly funny and really does bring more than magic to this story. I think I may have another new book boyfriend (just when I thought the list couldn't get any longer)!
As the book moves forward I was desperately counting down the wishes Ally was using and I was dreading the moment she would use her fifth and have to bid farewell to Arthur. I really thought both of them would hate that moment and I wasn't looking forward to reading it either. That's why when they start searching for a way to lift the curse (with some hilarious results) I was so happy! I was praying and hoping it would work.
All in all, I loved this book and I would love to hear tales of Arthur's previous life and those other woman he has helped while under the curse.