Friday, April 12, 2013

If The Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker

About the Book:

Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she's been watching for Prince
Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read
her Cinderella for the first time. But she's never come close to finding
the perfect man-instead she's always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will.
And who finds their Prince Charmingon a 10-speed bicycle on the other
side of the cul de sac? Well... Julianne does. Only she doesn't have a clue.

She and Will are attorneys now, and they've joined up in private practice in a beautiful
Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne
is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when
she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight
from Heaven: The Prince's toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work
boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper...errrr, work boot?...waiting to be reunited
with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming.
He's the most gorgeous guy she's ever seen...and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely
he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.

But, Julianne's prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal.
And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding
charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues
to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince
Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner.
With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the
bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.

Julianne is on a collision course with God's perfect plan for her life...if only she could
open her eyes and see it before it's too late.

My Thoughts:

Whew!  Yup, that's the official book description...and boy, does it do the book justice!  I'm not a big fan of fairytales, but after reading Sandra's soon-to-be-released book, I kind of like the spin she puts on classics!

Julianne is an excellent lawyer--don't let the goldfish in the bowl fool you.  She's a little scattered and has her head in the romantic clouds, but she'll fight for your case and just might even win.

It's her love life that has the jury out.

Poor love with her, but she can't see him for the toolbox hunk.  Maybe if he finds his own fairy tale ending, he can get over Julianne?

I wouldn't bet on it.

Yes, the ending is fairly predictable: it wouldn't be a modern day fairy tale if it wasn't a happy ending, now, would it?  But the story is creative and filled with laughs and mishaps and faith.  I adored Will--kept wanting to pray for him through the whole book.

Paul?  Now, I could see him coming a mile away.  But I don't have stars in my eyes like Julianne.  She, however, would make one hilarious best bud.  And the 'fairy tale interludes' between chapters added just the right touch.

Sandra's stories always make me laugh out loud, but no book had me laughing quite as much as "If The Shoe Fits".  It was so good I emailed Sandra to see if she was planning any more retellings---and she IS!

I received an advance copy of "If The Shoe Fits" from River North via Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly, if you miss this fun read you'll turn into a pumpkin long before midnight!  "If The Shoe Fits" is highly recommended.
Happy Reading!



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