Sarah Pepper never ceases to amaze me with her twists on old childhood fairytales. Neverland Evermore: Book One in the Never Ever series doesn’t disappoint. Her ability to give old characters new lives and stories is unparalleled.
In this tale the old villain we know as Captain Hook is our protagonist. We meet hook prior to the loss of his hand when he is known as Captain James Jones. In this tale the Captain doesn’t lose his hand to an alligator but during a mutiny on his ship. This mutiny is orchestrated by none other than Peter Pan! That our villain has become the hero and the hero a villain is fantastic. Let’s not forget that little Wendy and her brothers Michael and John also play their roles. Everything you thought you knew about Peter, Hook and Neverland is turned on its head.
What has lead the Captains crew to revolt? Peter spreads lies and rumors about the girl that was brought on board before this mutiny. Who is this girl you ask? None other than Tinkerbell! Now known as Miss Bell, she was rescued by Captain and crew, floating in the water on a piece of wood. Her skin was burned, with moss growing on it and her hair permanently stained by seaweed. The Captain was immediately mesmerized by her beauty and fierceness even so near death. Miss Bell holds all the secrets of Neverland and will reveal truths of that place that you never dreamed possible.
I can’t wait to jump into the second half of this story and see how Bell and the Captains love story will play out. It is always a pleasure to read Sarah’s magnificent twists on stories I’ve loved since childhood.
I give Neverland Evermore 4 stars and would pair it with your favorite rum done up the way you like best
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