I really like the inspiration behind ‘Real Magic’ by Elsa Winckler, another charming story from the Magical Wedding series.
As a sous chef in a busy restaurant, Carly’s days are full. Her free time is taken up by baking cakes for those less fortunate and spending time with friends and family – she is not looking for love.
And then on her way to her cousin’s wedding an angry, gorgeous man with one blue and one brown eye nearly runs her over in the street. And she remembers a previous wedding twenty-two years ago when the family psychic predicted that she would one day marry a man with one eye the colour of the sky and one the colour of chocolate.
When the man who almost ran her over turns out to be the best man the evening becomes surreal. Carly knows, though, that whatever she is feeling isn’t real. She has already lost her one shoe, by tomorrow her Prince Charming will be gone, she’ll be back in her kitchen and the magic will have disappeared.
So what’s the inspiration behind Elsa’s Cinderella fairy-tale?
‘I live in South Africa, a beautiful country with so many possibilities and so many wonderful, creative people in it. I read an article about someone who, instead of complaining, tries to do her little bit to improve the lives of those less fortunate. And what she can do, is to bake. So each day she bakes a cake, goes out to those less fortunate and gives them a cake, because, as she says in her blog – everyone deserves cake made with love!
And of course, this had me thinking – what if …
She’s a bridesmaid, he’s a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all? Carley has already lost her one shoe, by tomorrow her Prince Charming will be gone, she’ll be back in her kitchen and the magic will have disappeared. Or not?
This story is truly magical right from the start. A chance meeting makes Carley remember something from her past and Brett is similarly affected. Serendipity makes them meet up at Carley’s cousin’s wedding and the real magic begins to weave its spell. Like a modern day Cinderella fairy tale, the story unfolds and there is a romantic happy ending, what more could you ask for? It seems Carley’s good deeds, baking cakes for those who cannot afford them makes her the perfect candidate for a fairy tale wedding of her own.