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Sneakers, Sandals & Stilettoes: Fairy Tales for the Well-Heeled Princess Paperback – March 8, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
The very nature of a fairy tale means anything can happen. Dreams can come true but the path to happiness is sure to be fraught with unexpected twists, earth-shattering disasters, and curses that seem irreversible!
Sneakers, Sandals, and Stilettoes contains two stories--The Genie's Curse and Shoe-in for Love. With a deft skill for weaving original romantic comedy, Deen places her romantically-inclined characters in situations more frustrating than the most lovelorn woman will likely ever have to endure. Her use of language lures readers to a place where they will be happily perplexed--pleased to read such unpredictable stories yet wondering how fairy-tale endings could ever result.
But with splendid style, Deen presents solutions that startle and astonish. And as if writing a compelling narrative is not enough, she delivers laugh-out-loud humor that saw me reading passages aloud to my husband and raving about the book to friends.
Five stars to Natasha Deen for Sneakers, Sandals, and Stilettoes.
by Joan Marie Galat
Author of Dot to Dot in Sky, Stories of the Zodiac
The first story is Genie’s Curse. This story was simply ludicrous. It wasn’t ridiculous because the heroine is turned into a dog for wishing “she were in Dillon’s arms”. It’s ridiculous because 1) her name is Agnes Frump (why not just call her Ugly Betty) and 2) when she is transformed back into herself in front of her “dream lover” Dillon, his reaction is “hey, how’s it going? So glad you’re not a dog anymore. Did you know I’ve always loved you?” I guess I should have been forewarned when the word Fairy Tales was used in the title, but the title also said for “the Well-Heeled Princess” and I don’t know any well-heeled Princess who would fall for that storyline (no pun intended).
The second story was Shoe In Love. Although I preferred this story over Genie’s Curse, there were some blaring flaws. For instance, the setting is 1984 fashion industry. I know this will age me, but I was there in 1984 and there was none of the mannerism or colloquialism of the era. There was none of the fashion. Why set it in 1984 if you aren’t going to incorporate these things? Yes, certain designers from the 80’s were mentioned, but who cares?Read more ›
The second story features Nessie and The Lumberjack. Nessie (short for Vanessa) is a gifted designer who has a bitch for an immediate supervisor, Grace. Or as they call her when she's not around, Graceless. Grace not only claims Nessie's shoe designs for her own, but she has a smear campaign going as well: claiming the Nessie slept her way into the job and is apparently willing to do so again to stay hired. Luckily, Leo (the new boss - aka The Lumberjack, since he apparently chops down jobs when taking over a company) happened to conveniently overhear Nessie and her sister speaking early in the story, so he knows what's really going on. I liked the plot and characters in this story better, though I would have liked more to the ending (it seemed really rushed) and I would have liked to learn more about Leo himself.
Fun, quick reads, and I'd love to see Leo & Nessie's story expanded out to a full length book instead of just a short story.
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If you want a quick but to cheer you up and help you get back to sleep this is just the book! I loved the characters and would have kept reading if it were longer.Published 1 month ago by Sdharamr
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There were two stories in this one book. I laughed through both of them and found them cute. If you just want some light reading, I recommend itPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Short and sweet HEA stories. Characters that you want to root for with a touch of magic thrown in for fun 😀Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Different story from back summary on the inside. Not interested in that inside story.Published 11 months ago by Lydia R.
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