Family Ties gives me mixed feelings. First, I like the characters. As in Enchanted, they really don’t hold true to the personalities of Helen and Nikki but they’re still good, likable characters. I like this story but there are a few things that are difficult for me to get around because they just seem too farfetched. I’m not going to expand on that so you’ll have to read it yourself to see if you get the same feeling.
This story has Helen and Nikki as step-sisters who haven’t seen each other in over a decade. And they’re both quite happy with the separation. They are brought together again when their grandfather takes ill. As one would expect, spending time reconnecting brings out many emotions and sparks up old feelings and behaviors. In addition to Helen and Nikki, the cast of characters contains Helen’s violent, alcoholic father Campbell, her husband Sean, Nikki’s mother Stella, and their grandfather, the ever horny and lovable Bill. And there’s a mystery to be solved, as well.
Now, before we move any further in this review, I have to say that Nico has a great imagination and comes up with very good story lines. Enchanted is a modern day fairytale and one of my favorite stories. Do I say that too often? You can tell me. I can take it. After reading hundreds of Helen and Nikki stories, I feel that I’m entitled to several favorites, don’t you agree?
This story has many of the components required for a Rev fave: plenty of humor (Helen and Yvonne had me nearly in tears several times due to their antics), a unique story line (Helen trapped in a book because a gypsy placed a curse on her more than 200 years ago), and a villian (in this case, two of the best Bad Girls fan fiction villains, Trisha and Caroline). The best parts for me have to do with Yvonne teaching Helen modern British slang. It was also a good lesson for me, being an American, I had never heard of “undercrackers” before reading this story.
Now, as a grammar junkie and beta reader, this story leaves MUCH to be desired. But I overlook all the typos and awkward sentences because the story makes it worthwhile. I come back to Enchanted a couple times a year because it makes me feel good and laugh.