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 honour 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.
I was in desperate need of a chick-flick equivalent in book form and If the Shoe Fits met and exceeded that prerequisite. This book was, in a word, delightful. A clever re-imagining of the traditional Cinderella story-with Prince Charming ingeniously cast as one of the antagonists-Sandra infused the perfect amount of candid humour and fresh scenarios to make this a unique (albeit predictable) reading experience.
Julianne and Will are perfectly endearing and equally frustrating. Sandra Bricker takes a detour from the faultless heroine and hero template to produce flawed individuals that are complex and authentic. Julianne is deserving of a well placed smack upside the head and Will–man up Boy! Did I mention Julianne’s wackadoodle archnemesis who, in true step-sister fashion, has set her snare for Will? Girl be cray-cray.
If the Shoe Fits took me to the brink of laughter induced stomach cramps with its situational comedy and snapping dialogue. A story with as much heart as humour, this book is not to be missed by romance and fairy tale lovers alike.