REVIEW – HAPPILY EVER NINJA (Knitting in the City, #5) by Penny Reid



There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5


*****Dee’s Review*****

6+ You are my Superhero Stars******

(ARC kindly provided by Author)

Refreshing, entertaining and completely delightful. Happily Ever Ninja was completely different from all the other books in this series. Penny Reid created a story that was thrilling because of it’s unpredictability and also because, she was able to take something ordinary like a married couple, and turn it into something marvelous that makes the reader feel as if they are right and center inside the story.


Greg and Fiona have been married for a long time and have two amazing kids. They met while in college and everything about their life is standard. Fiona works from home, takes care of the children and manages the household. While Greg works as an engineer overseas, so essentially he is more away than he is home . Everything about this family is very typical (*wink), they love each other relentlessly and unconditionally but don’t go thinking that is what THIS book is only about, because Fiona is not only funny but she is so extraordinary that the people around her and mainly her husband are convinced she is a Ninja. And Greg is so sexy, smart and talented that he managed to turn sarcasm into a superpower.

Like any other wife and mother Fiona starts feeling overwhelmed by the daily struggles and Greg’s absence is starting to weigh heavy on her. After Greg’s short, last visit, that ended in an argument, Fiona is feeling even more restless. Imagine what happens when she finds out, her husband has gone missing. No! Actually you can’t imagine, because these are no ordinary characters, after all. Fiona will have to dust off her Ninja attire and enlist the help of her inventive and crazy bad ass group of friends to design a plan to go and rescue her husband.

My heart keeps discovering new ways to love you.”



You will be delighted with this story as you laugh and relate with all the shenanigans Fiona and all the ladies from the knitting group create this time around. This story was beautiful and tender but also very, very funny. I thought Fiona was so cool that I wanted to be her, but then I came to the realization that I sort of am her. Which brings me to,Thanking Penny Reid for writing a book where moms are cool, sexy, and awesome. And you know what? We are. I’m not one to pat myself on the back, ever, but perhaps we should. Maybe us wives, mothers, husbands, caretakers should feel good about all the hard work and all the sacrifices we make on a daily base for those we love. Maybe we are all Ninjas. So, thank you Penny for making me realize that I too can be cool.




If you haven’t discovered this wonderful series yet, how very silly of you. Go and pick up any of them, so you too can join the masses and enjoy and worship all the awesomeness that is Penny Reid; creator of a world where knitting, drinking and panty parties are the law and friends are part of the family.




*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Yours Forever Stars!

-She’s a reminder that true and brilliant beauty exists in this world.


Greg & Fiona Archer met & fell in love in college about 14 yrs. ago. They were going to school in Iowa & living in co-ed dorms. Greg was an ex-marine from London & Fiona an 18 yr. old girl from Virginia wanting to get away from home & start over somewhere new. She just wanted to be a normal college student. She meets this gorgeous funny British guy she finds absolutely fascinating. She has led a somewhat sheltered life & Greg really brings her out of her shell & they fall madly crazy in love!

-My brain liked this guy, my body liked this guy, and my heart was beyond infatuated with him.

-I think his smiles affected me so much because of the depth of the person behind them. He was…a force. Often overwhelming. Always captivating.


Fast forward years later & they are living in Chicago with two kids. Greg travels all over the world with his job & this leaves Fiona to handle everything at home. She begins feeling overwhelmed & exhausted trying to be superwoman & do it all. When Greg finds himself in trouble, it’s Fiona who comes to the rescue. Fiona Archer is basically a badass! She’s often referred to as a Ninja. She wears many hats & seems to do everything well. There is so much more to her than we know & many surprises about her are revealed.

-“I’ve often wondered why you are so beautiful when everyone else is merely pretty.”

-“Ask me when I knew,” he said.”

-“When did you know?”

-“When I saw you…”

-“My heart keeps discovering new ways to love you.”


I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I started out thinking oh, this is about the life of a married couple & their ups & downs, but then you get all this action & excitement. Plus OMG, Greg Archer is perfection! The way this man loves his wife is beautiful! She is his entire world. He makes her feel treasured desired & special, & every time he called her darling I melted. Every woman needs a man like Greg Archer! ;))

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