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If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale Paperback – June 1, 2013
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". . . Julianne Bartlett seems to be ending up with more frogs than princes while overlooking the true hero in her life. Julianne and Will Hanes have been friends since grade school. Now they are partners in their own law firm, which only gives Will a front-row seat to Julianne’s romantic misadventures. It’s a predictable tale, but, as Julianne’s mother explains, “no one reading [fairy tales] ever expects a big unexpected plot twist or has a single doubt about who the prince and princess are going to end up with at the end of the story.... The interesting part is how they get there.” Bricker makes the getting there thoroughly enjoyable.Bricker includes many recognizable elements of the classic Cinderella tale (a fairy godmother, Prince Charming... even a bejeweled slipper) and a supporting cast of characters that provides ample doses of drama, romance, and humor. A delightfully breezy read. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Agency."~ Publishters Weekly, 04/22/2013
If the Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker (RiverNorth). Julianne has been looking for Prince Charming all her life — and that doesn't change when she and her best friend, Will, agree to be law partners. When this Cinderella-in-training discovers a work boot, she's determined to track down its handsome owner — and meets handyman Paul. Will the shoe fit, or will he tumble off his princely pedestal?~USA Today, 06/12/2013
Praise for If the Shoe Fits
Sandra D. Bricker’s oh-so-modern fairy tale—Cinderella without the cinders, an unexpected Charming, and glass slippers flying—is a so- phisticated delight from the first word to the last, with an ending as satisfying as crème brûlée. A story of the richest kind of love, If the Shoe Fits does!
Cynthia Ruchti, author of When the Morning Glory Blooms
Sandra D. Bricker’s Cinderella-esque If the Shoe Fits is a delightful blend of faith, humor, romance, and finding Happily Ever After in unexpected places. Truly, a fun and satisfying read.
Tamara Leigh, Carol Award–winning author
Any book by Sandra D. Bricker is a bright spot in my day! I’ve been a fan since Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida. Her stories are clever, and she creates characters you can’t help caring about.
Annie Jones, bestselling author
If the Shoe Fits is a delightful retelling of a classic fairy tale as only Sandra D. Bricker can write it. With her trademark humor, Bricker weaves the laugh-out-loud story of romance gone awry—as they often do—and weaves in the truth that Happily Ever After is often closer than we realized.
Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star
If the Shoe Fits is a hilarious romp from the first fender-bender to the very end. The characters leapt off the page and into my heart, making me laugh and, at the same time, wondering when they would wise up and fall in love already! When they did, well, it was definitely worth the wait. The shoe? It definitely fit! Do not miss this one!
Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of Flora’sWish
If the Shoe Fits—written by the queen of romantic comedy, Sandra D. Bricker—is a rollicking good tale of a girl who’s looking for her Prince Charming. If you love to laugh, if you sigh over good love stories, then you’ve got a treat waiting for you. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation.
Ane Mulligan, senior editor, Novel Rocket
If the Shoe Fits turns the story of Cinderella on its head in Sandra D. Bricker’s fun new romantic comedy. Bricker does a great job of telling a fast-paced story that offers laughs as well as faith, and a whole lotta heart.
Linda S. Clare, novelist (whose alter ego, Miss Writerly Cranky- pants, “gripes so you don’t have to”)
Romantic, witty, and charming. You’re going to fall in love with If the Shoe Fits ! This modern-day fairy tale will have you laughing, sighing, and dreaming of Happily Ever Afters.
Anita Higman, award-winning author of thirty-two books
If the Shoe Fits is the perfect blend of romance, humor, and heart. One heroine who wants the storybook Happily Ever After and one hero who needs the courage to face I Love You, and you have a recipe for love triumphing over a friendship too important to risk. Sprinkle in a de- lightful cast of supporting characters, and you have a romance you’ll delight to read.
Cara Putman, award-winning author
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This is the story of Julianne, a successful lawyer just starting her own practice with her childhood best friend Will. She's dreamed of finding her white knight for as long as she can remember. On the way to work one day, she sees a handsome man save a dog which had been hit by a car. In the process of saving the dog, his work boot and toolbox get left behind at the scene. Julianne retrieves the box and the footwear and places an ad in the newspaper, sure that a man both ruggedly handsome and animal conscious has to be made for her.
Will has almost worked up the nerve to tell Julianne that he's been in love with her since they were kids. He's tried to forget his feelings for her after their one bad date in high school, and he knows she dreams of someone dreamier than him. But try as he might, his heart belongs to Julianne and Julianne alone. When she arrives at the office one morning saying she saw the perfect guy, and all she needs is to find the man who fits that boot, Will's frustration reaches another level.
While Julianne searches for the man she thinks is Mr. Right, she and Will struggle to get their new law firm off the ground. Their first client is a former coworker who is being defamed by a child for accidenally shooting her pet pot-bellied pig. There's also the comedy of needing to work with people both Will and Julianne dislike, all in hopes that it will pay off with business success someday.
When Julianne's ad is answered by the handsome, mysterious stranger, she's dismayed to find he may not be her white knight after all. But surely one doesn't meet their beloved on a ten-speed bike in their own neighborhood when they are too young to know better, do they? Even as new feelings for Will begin dawning inside of her, Julianne fights to lay claim to something that matches her dream criteria. How much of her life and reputation will she destroy in the process?
This book was more of a straight-up romance than I usually read. It was a Christian story and there were more plot twists as the story went along, but for the most part it was simple, easy, and a bit predictable. My other complaint is that the author inserted some anti-gun propoganda that didn't fit with the tone of the story at all. Overall, this would be a lovely summer read for anyone looking for a few hours to rest, relax, and let the story entertain you.
I don't really know what it was about Julianne, but she bothered me. As I am probably a little too practical and rather cynical, I found her to be too head-in-the-clouds, fairy tale obsessed, storybook romantic, and impractical. Her tendency to take one person's action out of context and build up an entire personality and reputation for them was a little bit bothersome, but understandable, we all judge based on first impressions. However, her unwillingness to revise her opinion of someone, despite the fact that it was extremely obvious it needed to be revised, grated on me. I also struggled with her relationship with the hero, feeling she wasn't really his match or at least not yet.
My other complaint was the fact that some of the loose ends were not tied up, the main plot was more or less completed, but there were some subplots that I would have liked to see finished.
This book wasn't quite my taste, but I think other books by this author might very well be more to my taste.
This is a cute modern day story of a girl trying to find her perfect Prince, which we all know don't exist, not in the way fairytales are told. Loved the naivety of Julianne and the faithfulness of Will, being the forever friends waiting for Julianne. Feel good story with a warm fuzzy ending.
It's fun, endearing, and satisfying. It avoids the overblown purple prose that is so ubiquitous in romances. It also avoids the frustrating modern tendency of ending ambiguously. While its true that the story isn't very realistic, I don't really care--I don't read fiction for its realism!
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