The Cinderella Pact

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Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect"

When Nola Devlin is turned down for her dream job because she's overweight, she decides to become thin-or, at least, pretend to be. The alter ego she creates-the thin, British, hip, and did we mention thin Belinda Apple-is a smashing success who is offered movie proposals, national television appearances and even dates...though no one's met her in person, of course.

Then Nola takes ...

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Overview

Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect"

When Nola Devlin is turned down for her dream job because she's overweight, she decides to become thin-or, at least, pretend to be. The alter ego she creates-the thin, British, hip, and did we mention thin Belinda Apple-is a smashing success who is offered movie proposals, national television appearances and even dates...though no one's met her in person, of course.

Then Nola takes Belinda a bit too far, and is forced to join "The Cinderella Pact" and drop the pounds. As the weight comes off, however, Nola's problems begin to mount.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Strohmeyer's (The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives; the "Bubbles Yablonsky" series) seventh novel is a modern Cinderella story starring a smart, funny, full-figured single woman in her thirties. Unhappy both with her weight and her low-level editorial job for celebrity magazine Sass!, Nola Devin embarks on a weight-reduction pact with her two best friends and applies for an opening at the magazine to become its new advice columnist. When her application is treated dismissively by her boss, the trim and tyrannical Lori DiGrigio, the undaunted Nola doctors an old photograph of herself and submits a fake r sum and application under the name of Belinda Apple. When Belinda is hired and becomes all the rage, the fun really begins. This contemporary fairy tale, complete with a Prince Charming, differs from the traditional primarily in that, with a little help from her friends, the lady effects her own transformation. Very enjoyable; recommended for all fiction collections.-Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Overweight and overlooked, Nola Devlin secretly recreates herself as the nation's sexiest advice columnist. When Nola learns that the tabloid where she works as an editor is looking for a hot advice columnist, she eagerly applies for the job. However, thanks to her bulging belly and frumpy clothes, she is quickly dismissed. On a whim, she resends the company her resume-this time with a new name, Belinda Apple, a London address and a sexy, mostly fake photo. Her bosses eat it up. Next thing she knows, she's churning out copy from London (wink, wink) and is the next big British sensation to hit the States. Absolutely everyone loves her wit, her charm and those cute pink cowboy boots she wears in her photo. In the meantime, back in the real world, Nola and two of her equally overweight friends have decided that it's time to curtail the cheesecake. The three enter into a pact-based on advice Belinda suggested in one of her columns-to lose weight and get healthy. As Nola struggles with her diet, she's also starting to feel crushed beneath the weight of her secret. None of her friends or family is aware of her alternative identity. And trouble is looming when she receives a note from the publisher saying that he is beginning to doubt that Belinda exists. All of a sudden, everyone, from the publisher's sexy son to Hollywood movie studios, is clamoring for a meeting with Belinda. Can Nola pull it off?Delightful frolic from the author of the Bubbles series (Bubbles Betrothed, 2005, etc.), featuring an authentic woman who can't help but dabble in a little bit of fantasy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451221247
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 691,603
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Strohmeyer is the bestselling author of Sweet Love, The Cinderella Pact, The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, and the popular "Bubbles" series. She lives with her family outside Montpelier, Vermont.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    I also watched the Lifetime movie before reading this book and t

    I also watched the Lifetime movie before reading this book and the book was by far much better. The book was definitely relatable for anyone who has tried to lose weight before. The book is also very inspiring and just makes my heart sigh. Maybe there is hope for love for women like me! Great book definitely recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Humourous and delightful read

    I loved reading a novel with a heroine who struggles with her weight and actually goes about losing it in a healthy way. Nola is someone that most women can relate to, whatever your size. She is smart and witty and finds herself in an impossible situation. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at her responses to the many "sticky" situations she found herself in.

    Excellent read for anyone wanting to enjoy a light read filled with humour. I look forward to reading more by Sarah Strohmeyer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    A great book to inspire!

    I actually saw the Lifetime movie before reading this book and liked it so much I ordered the book. I was so glad I did because I found it to be even better! Nola, Deb and Nancy go through three different and yet similar paths to achieve their goals of weight loss. Using the Cinderella pact as their support system, they each strive to overcome the obesity that has for one reason or another become a large part of their lives. They find that losing the weight doesn't make their problems disappear and even creates a few new ones. Nola's overarching story allows the reader to see and even more in depth view of this Cinderella's journey to find her prince and her happily ever after.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    One of the better novels dealing with weight

    This is the fourth book I've read about weight being the main issue, the others are Bet Me, Good In Bed, and Jemima J. I would pass on Good In Bed; I had no empathy for the main character and it was too offbeat and tragic. Anyway, this is not quite as funny or steamy as Bet Me, but it's witty and captivating. I like how it contrasts three different methods the girl friends lose weight, what empowers them to do so, their maintenance, their pitfalls, and how they come out afterwards. Deb and Nancy's stories feel so real. Deb realizes what she wants in a marriage after hiding behind years of feeling insecure about her weight and settling because of it. Nancy takes charge of her life again in a male dominated career field. Deb and Nancy's weight loss methods are more extreme and fast, whereas Nola's probably the more popular method of slow and gradual with eating right and exercise. I enjoyed the romantic storyline but found it unrealistic, especially having only met a few times to end the way it did. Nevertheless, it was well written, pretty real and inspiring, with enough wit and romance to pull you in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    U gotta love a S.Strohmeyer novel

    I first got hooked on this author with her Bubbles series. When I found out she wrote other books as well I had to check them out and am now adding her to my list of favorite authors. You can not go wrong when you pick a S.Strohmeyer book!
    Really love the idea behind this book. The transformation the main characters go through is touching. The love stories are heartwarming but also keep you guessing throughout. Highly recommended book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I love it

    I just finished watching the movie and i am very interested in reading the book ..... great movie

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Cute book!

    Relaxing to read a fun light hearted story!

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    I Loved it!

    I picked it up and could not for the life of me put it down, I would walk out my apartment book in hand reading it on the way down the elevator. It is funny and something I could relate to...well more like one of those things I would love to be able to do in making believe I was someone else. It is one of my favorites and I just started reading The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer and so far I'm up to chapter 6 on my first day reading it and It's just as witty as the first one, I would recommend it to anyone. =0)

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Pretty Good

    If nothing else, this humor in this book kept me reading! Nola's (main character) commentary on everything that was happening to her was hilarious and relatable. Good story about stuggling with weight loss, sibling rivalry, friendship, identity, and love. The only down part for me was that the plot line about weight loss seemed slightly unrealistic. It made weight loss sound too easy at some points, like as soon as you "discover" yourself the weight will magically fall off. I wish! A tad cliche, but worth reading.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    Cinderella Dressed in Yella

    Perhaps I am the only one who thought it a bit ironic that she wore a champagne silk dress, but that's fine. I purchased the Cinderella Pact last year for my sister's Christmas present. A few days ago, she dug it, all battered and dog-eared, out of her purse and made me feel all warm and lovely on the inside. My sister had read it at her bedside, had read it in airports, and finally, had loaned it back to me for a spell. I was excited. Ms. Strohmeyer has written a marvelous tail which spins in threads of intrigue, romance, and some faulty dieting. Nola is a beautiful lady who, like many of us, is hidden beneath secrets and a few ounces of fluffiness. She's someone who blends into her black frocks and who takes a few helpings of Mama's homemade meatballs. She eats at that little cafe on the corner with her old friends. Still, she has that inner yearning to be something more-to be Audrey Hepburn fabulous. She makes foibles, but finds love, redemption, and the perfect dress. Forget that extra slice of Oreo Cookie Cake (5 points) and that creamy slab of chocolate fudge (7 points). Instead, run to the bookshop or to the library, and sink your teeth into this delicious novel (10 points.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2009

    Good average book

    I liked this book and would suggest reading it. It was definately a light-hearted read where you don't need to think much, which sometimes is nice. I wouldn't put it on my list of all time favorites, but good entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    An enjoyable read!

    I admit, I am not a 'reader.' I am a Mom. Who has time? However, I found that the instant I put the kids to bed, I was running for this book. I haven't read a good page-turner in years! I loved the writing style, fluid and it was very cleaver! I just needed to know what happened to Nola next! A very enjoyable read. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Just like Jemima J to me!

    I wanted to like this book more, but the overall plot and themes were too much like Jane Green's 'Jemima J' for me to just enjoy it. Too similar! But, if you can turn off the memory part of your brain, its a decent airport/beach read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Wonderful Story

    Sarah does an excellent job in this book in keeping you interested. I didn't want to put it down. You want to find out how Nola and her friends find their way to deal with their overweight challenges. You hope the ladies will all find their happily ever after. Sarah keeps getting better and better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Horray for the rest of us!

    Most chick lit is about skinny, beautiful women and while it may be fun to read, there's something missing in the connection to the rest of us (which is most of us). Then, along comes Cinderella Pact, which reads as easily and juicely as every other chick lit book out there -- only this time I get it -- Nola is me/us and we can share her struggles, joys, pains and triumphs because we relate to her in an entirely real way. Oh, and I also realized when I finished, that this book was sexy and romantic, but not smutty! How great is that these days?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Read it!

    I thoroughly enjoyed Nola and her friends - by the end of the book I felt like one of the group! Cinderella Pact is a laughter filled story about food, love, family, friends,self-esteem and life. Read it and enjoy! Your own weight loss will be a bonus!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    I loved this story!!

    If you or anyone you have ever known struggles with weight issues, this book is wonderful. Nola and her friends each take different paths to finding their Cinderella's, but they all do. A truly inspiring story to get anyone off their behinds and start to take better care of themselves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    A Cinderella story for women!

    This book is a great story of friendship and love. There are no fairy godmothers--they take care of each other! This is a story of three long time friends who are overweight. They form a pact to support one another in their endeavor to lose weight and gain health. This is a fun read that takes the reader inside the magazine publishing business as Nola ghostwrites an advice column that makes her a celebrity. There is even a cameo appearance from Bubbles Yablonsky!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Terrible

    This was one of the most lame stories I have ever read. I would give it 10 thumbs down, but I only have 2. I could barely get through the first 6 chapters and then I gave up. Three overweight girls being treated unfairly...I mean come on. Get over it. BORING!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Great summer reading!

    At first I thought this was going to be pure fluff, but it held my attention and I was very moved by the authors acknowledgements. A really 'good' read.

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