Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If the Shoe Fits A Contemporary Fairy Tale

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802406289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802406286

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 Charming on 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 Impressions:
This was a hysterically funny book. One that girls around the world can relate to. We sometimes miss what is right in front of us, while we chase after what is obviously meant to be, at least in our minds!  I could relate so easily to Julianne's issue. Family and friends mean well, but sometime are the driving fore behind our insanity and irrational actions. Julianne has a deep desire to be seen as someone that can snag a guy that stands up to everyone's ideal man, including her own. In doing so though she overlooks what God intended for her life. She builds on fantasy, instead of being grounded in reality. She conjures up these fitfully funny ideas in her head about her Prince Charming that you cannot help but laugh, roll your eyes and relate to it all at the same time.

Sandra writes with such deep character development that you instantly become attached to all members. She breathes life into them. The whole time I am reading, I feel like I was transported into the pages as a shocked on-watcher knowing tragedy is about to strike but to consumed to move. I was seriously afraid of the guy next door/BFF love story, but this works. Sandra writes in such a way that although its cliche', it does not feel it. As the story unfolds you find yourself yelling at Julianne for not seeing what is right in front of her and continuing to chase after boot man. This is the first book I have read by Sandra, but if this is what I can expect from her, it will not be my last. I feel a trip to the bookstore is in my future.


Raised as a Cincinnati Kid, Sandie Bricker spent her formative years dreaming about the movies and television shows she would someday write. It came as no surprise to anyone when she packed up her Ford Fiesta and migrated to Los Angeles to study screenwriting.

"But life is what happens while we're busy making other plans," she jokes. While searching for a way to earn a living and pay her tuition, Sandie says she "stumled into" her own business working as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill on the other side of the country, however, Sandie put soap opera clients, film dreams--and Los Angeles--in her rearview mirror to take on a new role: Caregiver.

In the summer of 2014, Sandie entered into a conversation with Eddie Jones, founder of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, about creating and operating a new imprint for LPC. In August of the same year, BLING! was announced to the world with Sandie named as the Managing Editor for the line. "BLING! is a contemporary imprint of romantic fiction," she says, "but with a little something extra. We're now accepting submissions from novice and established writers alike, and I'm really eager to put my storytelling passion to work in bringing new and different stories to readers looking for a PG-rated source of contemporary content."
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book via MP Newsroom in exchange for my honest review. 

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