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Fooling Around With Cinderella (Storybook Valley) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 6, 2015
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"The romance is cute, heartfelt, and chaste...Like a theme park, this story is pleasant, inoffensive, and satisfying..."
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The youngest of three, Jaine Andersen (spelled with an “i” so she won’t be a “plain Jane”) our heroine always feels left out and taken advantage of by her older sisters, the twins. Shauna’s a pharmaceutical rep and single mother. Bree’s an attorney, planning a large wedding. Of course Shauna’s the matron of honor, but she’s too busy to plan the shower or bachelorette party, so she fobs the responsibilities onto Jaine along with caring for her daughter Amber when Jaine loses her job due to downsizing.
It’s during an outing with Amber to Storybook Valley that Jaine realizes the beloved amusement park of her childhood needs better marketing. She prepares a presentation for the owners and ends up not only landing the job of Marketing Director, but also that of Cinderella. She also catches the eye of the CEO and owners’ hunky son in a personal way. Jaine has quite a summer planning marketing strategy for the park, working on her sister’s wedding plans, hiding the fact that she’s Cinderella from her family, keeping her relationship with her boss professional, and foiling the plots of her lifelong nemesis who also works at the park and wants the boss’s job.
Fooling Around with Cinderella kept me burning through the pages and laughing. I highly recommend it for a fun read that will leave you wanting more. And though it’s Book One in the Storybook Valley series, it’s not a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to read the stories of the other denizens of Storybook Valley, but I don’t have to read them to know how the book ends. Woo Hoo! Thank you, Ms. Juba!
I really enjoyed the theme park setting for this storyline. I laughed out loud several times as well as felt my heart squeeze in several places. Jaine touch me personally. Dylan was great. There was drama between Jaine and her sisters as well as a frenemy. Just the right amount of anguish between H and h. I wasn't ready for the story to end. Looking forward to more in this series!
The quirky characters make this story a pleasurable journey as Jaine learns about this unique family, the business, and its employees. When Jaine discovers her high school nemesis is employed in upper management at Storybook Park and the woman is after Dylan’s job, all bets are off. With Jaine’s own sisters demanding her time for their needs and devices, things in her own life start to fall apart.
It is always great to watch a strong female wade through the twists of a plot and manage to keep her dignity intact while dealing with circumstances beyond her control. There is a nice balance achieved in this story and I would recommend it for a satisfying beach read. I can’t wait to see who the next story is about; there are so many interesting character choices for Ms. Juba to choose from.
FYI: Fooling Around with Cinderella is the first book in the Storybook Valley series from Stacy Juba. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** March 14, 2016
Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues in editing or formatting.
The story is about Jaine Andersen who does a cold job pitch to Dylan Callahan about new marketing strategies for the Storybook Valley Amusement Park. He says he'll give her the job on one condition---that she play Cinderella for the kids during the summer months. Jaine reluctantly agrees to do it, only because she needs the work and she wants the marketing gig there. She has a lot of memories of visiting Storybook Valley when she was a kid with her parents and she wants to keep that alive. Once she steps into the role of Cinderella, however, things start to change. Prince Charming wants to date her, but she is drawn to the playboy boss that she should definitely not go anywhere near. What's a princess to do?
I loved how relatable Jaine was with all her insecurities and problems. She's got a good heart and is trying to figure out where she belongs and who she belongs with. There was a surprising amount of depth to her character and I loved her wit and banter with the hero. There are some bumps along her road to love, but the end was worth it. *le sigh* It was a book that held my attention and I was sorry to see it end! It was a clean read and I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series.
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Fooling Around With Cinderella by Stacy Juba
it was amazing
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I was provided a copy of Fooling Around with Cinderella in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this; normally I wouldn’t have chosen... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boundless Book Reviews
"Fooling Around with Cinderella" by Stacy Juba is book one in the "Storybook Valley" series. This is Jaine Andersen and Dylan Callahan's story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BookSnuggle
I was immediately attracted to this story because it’s a great love story. The author’s use of descriptive words made the characters come alive, and the words jump off of the page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
“Fooling Around With Cinderella is a wonderful and exciting start to what promises to be the first in the Storybook Valley series.” [... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C.R.PUTSCHE
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a sweet, romantic comedy with a fun premise. Read more
Originally seen on Emily Reads Everything
I have such weakness for series. I love the kind that tell the story of the same group of people over several books. Read more
Jaine Anderson is at a loss and stressed. She has lost her job and desperately needs another, and on top of all that, she is thrown into planning her older sister Bree's wedding... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nancy C. Lepri