If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Taleby Sandra D. Bricker
Meet Julianne Bartlett, a brilliant young attorney ready to start her own law firm with her best friend—and virtually constant companion—Will Hanes. Julianne has been waiting her whole life for her Prince Charming to gallop in on his white steed. Will rode up on his 10-speed bike while they were still in grade school—but who meets the perfect
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Meet Julianne Bartlett, a brilliant young attorney ready to start her own law firm with her best friend—and virtually constant companion—Will Hanes. Julianne has been waiting her whole life for her Prince Charming to gallop in on his white steed. Will rode up on his 10-speed bike while they were still in grade school—but who meets the perfect guy right in the middle of a cul-de-sac?
On the way to her new office, Julianne screeches to a halt after a mysterious Prince Charming loses his toolbox and work boot in a busy intersection. He’s gorgeous . . . and he’s a caring dog-rescuer, too! How far she will go to grab the attention of the prince who begins to look less and less charming all the time?
Shriek with laughter—and embarrassment—as your new best friend, Julianne, goes on a collision course with God’s impeccable plan!
". . . Julianne Bartlett seems to be ending up with more frogs than princes while overlooking the true hero in her life. Julianne and Will Hanes have been friends since grade school. Now they are partners in their own law firm, which only gives Will a front-row seat to Julianne’s romantic misadventures. It’s a predictable tale, but, as Julianne’s mother explains, “no one reading [fairy tales] ever expects a big unexpected plot twist or has a single doubt about who the prince and princess are going to end up with at the end of the story.... The interesting part is how they get there.” Bricker makes the getting there thoroughly enjoyable.Bricker includes many recognizable elements of the classic Cinderella tale (a fairy godmother, Prince Charming... even a bejeweled slipper) and a supporting cast of characters that provides ample doses of drama, romance, and humor. A delightfully breezy read. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Agency."~ Publishters Weekly, 04/22/2013
If the Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker (RiverNorth). Julianne has been looking for Prince Charming all her life — and that doesn't change when she and her best friend, Will, agree to be law partners. When this Cinderella-in-training discovers a work boot, she's determined to track down its handsome owner — and meets handyman Paul. Will the shoe fit, or will he tumble off his princely pedestal?~USA Today, 06/12/2013
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If the Shoe Fits
By Sandra D. Bricker, Cheryl Dunlop Molin
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"Hang on!" Julianne shouted at the cell phone already in flight and hurtling toward the empty passenger seat of her white PT Cruiser. "Ooooh, hang on, Will!"
She pumped the brakes frantically, clutching the steering wheel so that her fingers ached, and virtually ignoring the stream of diet Coke running from the overturned paper cup in her lap. Speeding toward the rear bumper of the sport utility in front of her, she squeezed her eyes shut in anticipation of the impact.
When her car jerked to a violent stop, Julianne cautiously opened one eye and then the other.
"Jules? What's going on? Jules? Are you all right?"
Julianne looked down to find the cell phone teetering in the half-filled bowl of water on the floor of the car. A bug-eyed goldfish swam around it in wide, frantic circles.
"I'm sorry, sweetie," she said and cringed, gently lifting the phone from the water and shaking it drip-dry. "I'll bet that was scary for you, huh?"
"Jules? ... Talk to me."
"Oh," she said with a start, crinkling her nose as she held the damp instrument to her ear. "Will. Sorry. Some guy up ahead of me slammed on his brakes and nearly caused a three-car pileup, with me as the caboose!"
"Did anyone get hit?"
"No. It seems like we all narrowly escaped the impa—"
Before she could complete the thought, squealing tires traversed into grinding steel and shattering glass, falling to silence after one final thud! from somewhere behind her.
The monotonous clank of her windshield wipers drew Julianne from her state of shock. She pushed the button to lower her car window and poked her head out into the rain.
"What's going on?" Will's muffled voice called out to her.
Julianne watched the sight before her in gaping silence.
He had to be more than six feet tall, and his shaggy, blondish hair fell past the collar of the long black coat that seemed to float behind him as he stalked toward her, straight down the double yellow line in the center of the road. A day's worth of stubble shadowed his suntanned face, along with an intense form of resolve. The soles of his boots pressed puddles in the road into tiny geysers at each determined step, and he glided through without notice. But the best part: the way he gazed down at the enormous bulge of pale yellow fur in his arms as the large dog tilted its loving, grateful gaze upward.
Before she could fully register the pair as anything more than a momentary vision, they disappeared into the pickup truck in front of the SUV ahead of her.
"No," she found herself squealing right out loud. "No! He's ... leaving."
"Will, he's driving away! How do I stop him!"
"Stop who? Was it a hit-and-run? Can you see a plate?"
"N-no," Julianne stammered, straining out the window for a better look at the driver of the cherry-red Chevy truck.
"It looks like a dog was hit. And God sent an angel to the rescue."
"What are you babbling about, girl? ... Jules, did you hit your head?"
The pickup sped away around the corner, and the four-wheel drive ahead of her followed suit, swerving angrily before screeching through the intersection.
"Hey! Something fell off the angel's truck," she said, distracted. "I'm going to pick it up."
"Pick up ... What?"
Julianne thoughtlessly pitched her cell phone to the seat beside her and flicked on the hazard lights. She heard Will scolding her in the distance as she let herself out of the car into the rain and hurriedly approached the obstruction in the road ahead.
There before her—as oddly out of place as, say, a woman standing in the middle of a busy intersection in the pouring rain—sat a red toolbox with one leather work boot propped innocently against it like a billboard advertisement.
Julianne cocked her head and gaped at it for a moment before the blast of car horns propelled her into action. The muscles in her arm flexed painfully all the way up to her neck as she struggled to lift the box, and she grabbed the boot by the laces and ran, dropping them both into the backseat of her car once she reached it. She'd barely closed the door behind her as she thrust the gearshift into drive, and she squealed away just in time to miss the impact of oncoming traffic by a stone's throw.
"What are you doing now? Jules?"
"His toolbox fell off his truck," she said as she pressed the speaker button on her iPhone.
"And a boot. So I stopped and picked them up out of the road."
"A boot? Jules, what are you talking about?"
"I grew up with two older brothers," she continued as she took the turn onto Ninth. "This kind of toolbox is really expensive. He had the truck bed stacked with all kinds of lumber, and the box fell out when he stopped to save the dog."
"The dog that was in the road, Will. Pay attention, would you, please?"
His groan of exasperation was mostly lost on Julianne.
"I'm going to have to find him," she thought aloud. "I wish I'd have gotten his plate number."
The idea of finding the dog-saving angel in the red Chevy pickup set her pulse to pounding an octave above the steady beat of windshield wipers that matched her heartbeat.
"Maybe I could call the newspaper and place an ad," she said as she veered onto the shoulder of the road to avoid the traffic blocking her from turning into the city lot. "Tools like these don't come cheap. Oh, and the way they were sitting there in the road, the work boot propped up against the box, it was like ... a sign. God was telling me something, I just know it. He drove away—"
"—but I'm supposed to find him."
"Yes, find him," she declared. "I'm not going to stop searching until—"
"And, by George," he interrupted with dramatic flair, "you'll take that boot to every workshop in the kingdom if you have to! Every man shall try it on until, at last, you find your prince."
Julianne didn't reply. She just grinned and shrugged slightly. It was the germ of a plan, after all.
"Will, I'm due in court. I've got to run."
"I'll see you back at the office when you're through."
Once she found a parking spot, Julianne slipped her phone into her bag as she ran. As she skidded around the corner and through the double glass doors into the courthouse, water sloshed from the fishbowl to the rubber mat lining the floor.
"Oh, phooey!" she cried as she scampered up the stairs to the second floor, shielding the open top of the bowl with her hand in an effort to keep the stunned fish inside it while squeezing her briefcase beneath one free arm.
"Ms. Bartlett," Judge Hillman greeted her the moment she burst through the door to the courtroom. "We were just speculating as to whether you were going to join us this afternoon."
"Oh, Your Honor, I am so sorry. The weather is horrible out there, and the traffic trying to get off Ninth Street is impossible. I apologize for—"
"Ms. Bartlett, is that a fish?" he interrupted.
"Oh, yes, sir. Yes, it is."
"What, pray tell, is it doing in my courtroom?"
"Th-this is Jonah, Your Honor. He's my pet goldfish, sir. And I had him in my car, planning to take him over to our new office before I was due in court. But because of the weather and the traffic, and this really amazing man ... a vision, really ..."
"And the tie-up on Ninth?"
"Yes, sir, because of that, I didn't have time to stop by the office first, and I couldn't just leave him in the car."
"No, you couldn't do that. Why again?"
Julianne set the fishbowl and her briefcase on the table before her, slipping out of her diet Coke–splotched raincoat as she continued. "Begging Your Honor's pardon, I thought I could set him right here on the corner of the table."
"Bailiff? Is there a No Pets rule for my courtroom?" Judge Hillman asked Bridget, and the stocky woman grazed Julianne with a serious eye.
"Yes, Your Honor. But I don't think we've ever found the need to exercise it until now."
"Ms. Bartlett," Hillman said seriously with an arch to his rather bushy gray eyebrow, "you may leave, um ..."
"Jonah. Like the guy inside the whale?"
"Yes. Leave it right there on the table for today. But be advised that there will be no further allowances for pets of any kind in my courtroom. Is that understood?"
"Y-yes, Your Honor. Thank you so much."
Julianne ran her hands through her damp hair and pressed the front of her navy suit.
"Are we ready to proceed then, Ms. Bartlett?"
"Yes, sir. I'm ready." Casting a casual glance toward opposing counsel, she added, "If Mr. Flannigan is ready, that is."
"Oh, I've been ready for quite some time, Your Honor," Flannigan replied.
"All right then. Let's play courtroom, shall we?" he asked them. "I'll be the judge. Is your client present, Ms. Bartlett?"
"Uh, no, sir, he's not."
Flannigan groaned, and Hillman released a sigh from behind the bench.
"Did your client understand that part of the arrangement of being out on bail includes showing up in court?"
"Yes, sir," Julianne answered politely. "But there are extenuating circumstances surrounding this case."
"Your Honor!" Flannigan exclaimed, and he went silent when the judge raised his hand.
"Your client was caught on videotape in Leffler's Jewelry Store stealing a two-carat diamond, Ms. Bartlett."
"A diamond which he swallowed, but which never passed through his intestinal tract, is that correct?"
"And Mr. Bertinni does not contest his guilt in this matter?"
"No, Your Honor. In fact, he is hoping to make full restitution to Leffler's, which is why he's not present in the courtroom today and why we're hoping for a continuance on this matter."
"Can you explain that to me, Ms. Bartlett?"
"Well, sir, Antonio Bertinni is currently a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital."
"The aforementioned diamond?" Hillman asked.
"Yes, sir. It's passing through his system as we speak."
"Continuance granted," the judge declared without expression. "We'll hear the details of this case on the twenty-third at 9:30 a.m."
One firm rap of the gavel punctuated the judgment.
"You are the luckiest broad on earth," Flannigan cracked as he passed her and walked out the door.
Julianne inwardly acknowledged his statement and lifted the fishbowl to carefully inspect its occupant.
"He called me a broad, Jonah. Are you going to let him talk to me like that?"
When the fish did a quick circle around the inside of the glass bowl, she blew him a kiss and hurriedly gathered her things.
* * *
Julianne couldn't get the vision out of her head. He'd looked like something straight out of the movies, his long black coat flowing behind him as he walked purposefully toward her, the misty haze of rain clouding him into a dreamlike apparition, yet still allowing enough clarity to make out the shadow of stubble along the line of his jaw. And the way that dog looked up at him! Appreciation, admiration, and blessed relief.
"Must love animals as much as I do." That was the third point on her ten-point mental checklist for her very own Prince Charming!
The only thing that had been missing from their first almost-meeting was slow-motion movie effects, and maybe a soft dissolve as his truck peeled out of the intersection.
"He was like nothing you've ever seen before, in person."
"Well, congratulations," her best friend and business partner said sourly. "Now can you give me a hand with this?"
Julianne glanced down at the floor where Will peered up at her from beneath the desk, his dark hair rumpled and his brown eyes narrowed as he glared at her. But a spontaneous burst of laughter coughed out of Julianne in retort.
"Go ahead. Laugh it up, Jules," Will said with a frown. "But my computer's already hooked up. I could easily leave you without one."
"No, no, don't do that," she replied, gazing first at the end of a computer cable dangling from Will's extended hand, then at the look of sheer exasperation on his perfect, square-jawed face.
"What do you want me to do with it?" Julianne asked him, taking the cable cautiously into her hand.
"Don't tempt me with questions like that, Jules," he said, miming the wrapping of the cable around her neck.
Julianne mouthed an unamused, "Ha ha ha," and she gently smacked Will's leg with the cable.
"Run it around the length of the desk, and hand it to me through the opening in the back."
Julianne did as she was told and, several minutes later, Will emerged from underneath the desk with a victorious grin.
"What are your plans tonight?" he asked her. "A dinner, silent auction, fundraising effort for dogs, cats, starving armadillos?"
"Very funny. I am completely free tonight. The plight of starving armadillos will have my full attention tomorrow."
"Of course they will," Will answered with a chuckle.
"And the dogs were last week when you graciously dusted off your tuxedo and accompanied me."
Will grimaced. "Whatever. You are now up and running, my friend. Once more connected to the planet via the Worldwide Web." He took Julianne's outstretched hand and groaned as she tugged him from the floor. "It looks like we're official. The Law Offices of Hanes & Bartlett, open for business."
A surge of excitement shot through Julianne. She'd been waiting for this moment since the day she and Will had graduated from law school just five years prior. Today was a banner day, and it deserved some serious celebration.
* * *
Will trailed behind as his father and Julianne headed for the kitchen. Being there in his family home again, so much familiarity between his dad and his best friend, Will half expected his mom to bound through the back door, a sack of groceries in her arms and a beaming neon smile on her pretty, suntanned face.
"You get the ice cream, and I'll get the root beer!" Julianne exclaimed.
Will's father nodded. "Anywhere else in the world, a celebration like this might involve popping champagne corks and glasses of wine raised overhead," he declared. "But here ... root beer floats are the stuff that toasts are made of."
"Don't forget we've ordered Chinese," Julianne reminded him with a grin. "The celebratory meal of champions."
"Where's Amanda?" the elderly man asked as he dipped a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass.
"Mom's just back from her sculpting class. She's changing into a clean blouse and said she'd be over in two shakes of a lamb's tail."
Will grinned, knowing that was a direct quote. Julianne's mom always said things like that.
"Shall I make her a float, too?"
Quick flashes of past root-beer-float celebrations blinked through Will's memory. He and Julianne had become quick best friends when her family moved in next door, both of them ten years old at the time, her with her pigtails and gangly long legs, and him with his scruffy hair and debilitating shyness.
"Remember our first floats?" Julianne asked as if she could hear his thoughts.
"In the backyard," Will replied. "We barbecued chicken on the grill, and your mom brought that horrid potato salad she makes with the green olives in it."
"Shh," Julianne said playfully. "She'll be here any minute."
"That was the day the doctors told my mom she'd beaten her cancer."
"Round one, anyhow," his dad chimed in, and the mist of emotion in his eyes inspired Will to touch his father, Davis, on the shoulder.
"I miss her, too."
"Adele was awesome," Julianne added as she took Davis's hand into hers. "So beautiful, and so kindhearted."
"Yes, she was," the older man agreed with a nod before glancing up at Will. "Your mother would be very proud of you, Son; proud of you both."
"She would have been the first one to the root beer!" Julianne exclaimed, and Will nodded.
"Who might have ever seen this day coming?" his dad asked, returning his attention to crafting four perfect floats. "Those two kids racing their bikes around the cul-de-sac—lawyers now! And starting their own practice."
"Am I too late for the toast?"
Will offered his hand to Julianne's mother, helping her up the last step and through the back door. "Just in time," he told her with a smile.
"We ordered some beef with broccoli just for you, Mandy," his father announced, pouring cold root beer into four tall glasses.
"Oh, thank you. That's my favorite."
Julianne poked straws into each glass as she distributed them. "Okay! Let's toast!"
"Here's to our two kids," Amanda piped up.
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Praise for If the Shoe Fits
Sandra D. Bricker's oh-so-modern fairy tale-Cinderella without the cinders, an unexpected Charming, and glass slippers flying-is a so- phisticated delight from the first word to the last, with an ending as satisfying as crème brûlée. A story of the richest kind of love, If the Shoe Fits does!
Cynthia Ruchti, author of When the Morning Glory Blooms
Sandra D. Bricker's Cinderella-esque If the Shoe Fits is a delightful blend of faith, humor, romance, and finding Happily Ever After in unexpected places. Truly, a fun and satisfying read.
Tamara Leigh, Carol Award-winning author
Any book by Sandra D. Bricker is a bright spot in my day! I've been a fan since Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida. Her stories are clever, and she creates characters you can't help caring about.
Annie Jones, bestselling author
If the Shoe Fits is a delightful retelling of a classic fairy tale as only Sandra D. Bricker can write it. With her trademark humor, Bricker weaves the laugh-out-loud story of romance gone awry-as they often do-and weaves in the truth that Happily Ever After is often closer than we realized.
Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star
If the Shoe Fits is a hilarious romp from the first fender-bender to the very end. The characters leapt off the page and into my heart, making me laugh and, at the same time, wondering when they would wise up and fall in love already! When they did, well, it was definitely worth the wait. The shoe? It definitely fit! Do not miss this one!
Kathleen Y'Barbo, bestselling author of Flora's Wish
If the Shoe Fits-written by the queen of romantic comedy, Sandra D. Bricker-is a rollicking good tale of a girl who's looking for her Prince Charming. If you love to laugh, if you sigh over good love stories, then you've got a treat waiting for you. Novel Rocket and I give it a high recommendation.
Ane Mulligan, senior editor, Novel Rocket
If the Shoe Fits turns the story of Cinderella on its head in Sandra D. Bricker's fun new romantic comedy. Bricker does a great job of telling a fast-paced story that offers laughs as well as faith, and a whole lotta heart.
Linda S. Clare, novelist (whose alter ego, Miss Writerly Cranky- pants, "gripes so you don't have to")
Romantic, witty, and charming. You're going to fall in love with If the Shoe Fits ! This modern-day fairy tale will have you laughing, sighing, and dreaming of Happily Ever Afters.
Anita Higman, award-winning author of thirty-two books
If the Shoe Fits is the perfect blend of romance, humor, and heart. One heroine who wants the storybook Happily Ever After and one hero who needs the courage to face I Love You, and you have a recipe for love triumphing over a friendship too important to risk. Sprinkle in a de- lightful cast of supporting characters, and you have a romance you'll delight to read.
Cara Putman, award-winning author
Meet the Author
SANDRA D. BRICKER was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years where she attended school to learn screenwriting and eventually taught the craft for several semesters. When she put Hollywood in the rearview mirror and headed across the country to take care of her mom until she passed away, she traded her scripts for books, and a best-selling, award-winning author of LIVE-OUT-LOUD fiction for the inspirational market was born. Sandy is best known for her Another Emma Rae Creation and Jessie Stanton series for Abingdon Press. She was the managing editor of Bling!, an edgy romance imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
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I was very refreshed to read If The Shoe Fits by Sandra Bricker. This modern day romance novel gave several nods to a fairy tale that has been loved for so many years: Cinderella. This book didn't quite follow the exact all is happy, sudden demise, and then happily ever after as so many romances do. It followed much closer to Cinderella: happiness, lots of pain and trouble, and then after the ball, more trouble and finally a happy ending. I found myself reading as fast as possible, needing to know exactly how the book reached the perfect ending. I fell in love with so many of the characters and I liked that there was were happy endings for many of the characters, not just the main characters. This was definitely a wonderful rendition of happily ever after! *I received a galley of this book, but this review is my honest opinion.
There is a saying that when we make plans God laughs; this could be one of the taglines for Sandra Bricker’s newest book “If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale”. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down, it was chock full of witty characters and a timeless plot that filled my afternoon. So grab your tiara, a kicky pair of shoes, put your feet up and get wrapped up in Julianne’s world as she discovers God’s plan for her happy ever after.
Great read that made me laugh out loud!I was lucky to get an advanced copy and I loved this book! The characters have depth and are relatable. It's not just the fairy tale updated. It has its own storyline influenced by the fairy tale. We all know that romances have happy endings, but how the characters get there is what I love about this book. The love sorry aside, I appreciate that the main characters are lawyers but are shown with integrity even when representing an unsavory character. Also, it shows them having real lives with real problems. Thanks for giving me a read that shows lawyers can be good at what they do and be good people too. Back to the love story, it was fantastic! I will for sure be a re-read for me. Love the writing style: easy to read without being juvenile. It's witty, funny, and engaging. Read it and you will love it too!
Sandra Bricker has WOWED us again with her laugh out loud romances. This Cinderella fairy tale is the first of a series and very much worth the reading. With the first page I was laughing. and though out the whole book I was smiling giggling and laughing. You will not be disappointed with this book. If you have never read Ms. Bricker before this is a great start to becoming a fan. If you have read her books before then this is a great book to start with and becoming a fan. If you have read her books before then you know you are in for a treat. thanks Sandra for another great book.
Reviewed by Katrina If you are a fan of clean romance with a bit of comedy, this is a must read! I love most of Sandra Bricker's books. I was blessed to receive an advance copy of "If the Shoes Fits", but I would have purchased this book if I didn't receive the galley for it. I read the book in a couple of days and had a hard time putting it down. I didn't want the book to end when it was over. I can't wait to read the whole series when the other books are released. It's definitely worth reading!
I loved the Sandra D. Bricker’sTanglewood (Never the bride) series, so I was thrilled when she sent me galley of this delightful piece of Christian fiction for review. Based on the first book in the series, If the Shoe Fits, I would say Bricker's Contemporary Fairy Tales are going to be amazing; this delightful book grabbed me from the first page. We have all dreamed of that magic moment when our Prince Charming rides into our lives. When an amazing looking guy in a flowing coat strides towards Julianne, she and I both nearly melt. It is easy to understand why Julianne sees him as her Prince Charming, especially when she realizes that he has rescued an injured dog and left a boot behind. It may not be a glass slipper, but it is sign enough for her. While tracking down the prince of whom she had always dreamed, Julianne is pushing forward in her other dream; she and her best friend and greatest admirer, Will, have just opened their own law office. Julianne’s experience in the DA’s office will provide her with a great foundation as a defense attorney, BUT it does not help her overcome her life-long feeling of inadequacy around the self-confident crowd. She just knows that her perfect image of a man would make everything in her life perfect. Some girls never quite grow up; some just need a little help. Sandra D. Bricker’s new series that may rival the tales of Emma Rae and her friends. She has a wonderful talent for creating both primary and secondary characters that I want to get to know even better. You have a real adventure coming your way.
Sandra Bricker kicks off a new romantic comedy contemporary series based on classic fairy tales. If the Show Fits, based on Cinderella, tells the humorous story of a modern-day Cinderella waiting for her prince. In If the Show Fits, on the very day Julianne opens a law firm with her childhood friend, Will, she sees a handsome stranger rescue a dog from the middle of a busy intersection. As he carries the dog off, with his long coat flowing out behind him, she is captivated by his physical beauty and love for animals. When she looks again, he is gone. Then she notices that his tool box and his work boot fall out of his truck. Julianne takes it as a sign that she has seen her Prince Charming. She tracks him down to return the items, but is he as charming as she dreams? She thinks she has found her prince, but more she gets to know him, the less charming he seems to be. Julianne wants God’s plan for her life but will she recognize it before it is too late? For this Cinderella, the shoe (boot) is on the other foot – she is looking for her prince, not the other way around. How hard should she work to make things fit? Cinderella (Julianne) has her ball and eventually her prince, but not before facing challenges in finding her “happy ending.” Bricker writes her trademark humor in this laugh-out loud story where Cinderella doesn’t recognize God’s plan for her. With witty narrative and likeable primary and secondary characters, Bricker strikes just the right balance to bring a twist to this contemporary fairy tale. The Christian elements are light, not preachy. Its humor and romance are clean, not unlike the old black-and-white romantic comedies featuring one’s favorite actors. Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this advance reading copy.
First let me say that I was given the opportunity to preview this book ahead of the release, that has no bearing on my review. I have yet to read a book by Sandra Bricker that I didn't like. This book follows suit and is right up there with all the others. The book is laugh out loud funny at times. It also grips you from the very beginning, starting off with Julianne nearly getting into an accident while on the phone with Will and tying to keep her new gold fish safe. As you read the book you will find your self routing for Julianne to finally find her prince charming and the mishaps along the way keep you engaged all the way to the end. All the characters, both main and sub characters, are easy to relate to and well written, leaving you feeling that you really know the characters. You could very well see this being a true story and actually taking place today.
IF THE SHOE FITS is a funny romantic comedy that was LOL at times. Julianne is a over-the-top drama queen, high maintenance, Elle Woods type lawyer/animal rights activist/fashion diva... and then she meets Prince Charming. He is rescuing a dog from the middle of the road in the rain and drops his tool box and a boot... Julieanna's detective skills are top-notch and she tracks him down, asks him out and then proceeds to make a major idiot out of herself over a man (and I'm sure most of us will relate to that, we all - well, maybe some of us - have that one man that we went la-la over and wish we never would've met him later. Yeah, that guy.) I mostly enjoyed the story. The sexual tension between Will and Julianna was in the negative range. The over-the-top drama was off the charts high. And I'm not going to say I loved it. I didn't. But I didn't dislike it either.
Great book about boy love girl, girl doesn't have a clue, and girl falls for prince charming. A awesome book about love and friendship, with some laughs.
This was a cute and hilarious story. I love my modernized fairytales, and this was no exception. It was light, fluffy, and sweet. Of course, it wasn't all fluffy, as it had deeper themes and meanings, but it was a quick, fun read. Julianne is looking for her Prince Charming. After a run-in with a handsome guy who rescued a dog, Julianne is convinced that he is the one and sets out looking for him. To her surprise, she actually finds him. She has romanticized this idea of him, and won't listen when her best friend, Will, tries to reason with her. Although Julianne is a quirky, kind, fun person otherwise, her obsession with this guy--Paul--was more than slightly annoying. The way she kept holding on to him even when he proved they probably weren't meant to be. Will himself provided angst as everyone but Julianne knows he's in love with her, and yet he still doesn't do anything. Bricker has such a witty and hilarious writing style, and this time was no different. The antics of the characters will have you laughing out loud. The light, humorous way that Julianne and Will figure out exactly what they want, and how to get there, will have you sympathizing and shaking your head at them at the same time. This is a sweet, fun book that is a quick, but entertaining read, especially for those who like their best friends romances.
If The Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker was a fun book to read. I loved parts of this book and other parts I didn't like. The author did a great job of making me dislike certain characters while loving other characters. In this book you get to follow along with Julianne as she dates a man named Paul all while not wanting to admit that she is in love with Will her business partner and best friend. I have to say that I hated Paul and everytime he was in chapter or Julianne talked about him or to him I wanted to punch the man in the face. I loved the ending and I was glad that I read this book because I have found an author that can write in a way that makes you truly feel like you know the characters. FTC:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
So funny! So real! Every Christian teen needs to read this before dating! I laughed and laughed. This is a modern day Cinderella story, full of charm and love. READ IT!
If the Shoe Fits A Contemporary Fairy Tale By: Sandra D Bricker This is the first book I have read by Sandra Bricker. If the Shoe Fits is a modern day Cinderella story a bit on the cheeky side. I laughed, cried, and cheered for Julianne and Will. At times they exasperated me as well. How much does Julianne have to go through before she realizes, if ever, that Will might be what she has been looking for all along? How long will Will wait before he lets Julianne know what everyone else has known for years? Julianne Bartlett and Will Hanes have been friends since childhood. They even went to law school together. They open a law office together and hire a receptionist who isn’t all she claims to be. Will has been around since childhood, but Prince Charming can’t show up on a bicycle and be a best friend, can he? He must show up riding on a white horse, or walking down the middle of the street rescuing a dog, losing his toolbox and a work shoe in the process. Julianne doesn’t want to ruin her friendship with Will by muddling it up with something more personal. She is infatuated with the idea of Prince Charming and she can’t see what is right under her nose. If you enjoy a romantic comedy with loveable characters without the standard storyline, you will love this book! Julianne has a penchant for fairy tales and can’t see a love happening without following the proper prerequisites. The ending is well worth the wait—you will laugh and cry at the same time. Enjoy! I look forward to reading more by this talented author.
A cute read that makes you a bit frustrated at the main character.
If you thought you'd left Snow White, Cinderella, and prince charming behind in elementary school, think again! Sandra Bricker writes contemporary romantic comedy stories that will keep you almost bouncing in your chair from your giggles and tee-hee-hees. Get ready for a rollicking, unbelievable (well, it is based on a fairytale) story of girl, boy, boy, girl, mess, fuss, crying, laughing. Well, you get a bit of the picture. Julianne and Will grew up as next door neighbors and best friends. Now they are both attorneys and have just launched their own partnership in a law practice. The signage is new. The receptionist is new. The furniture is new. The clients are new and in short supply. Julianne feels that everyone (that is with an all "bold" capital "E") thinks she can't get and keep a boyfriend. That she is an old maid. That she will die a spinster. Then she sees a real handsome feller strolling down the street and she thinks he's the one. She begins her pursuit. (Kick in big-time laughs here!) Well, Will is another story altogether. And that is where the real kicker kicks in (pun intended). This is Christian fiction in that the characters live Christian lives, go to church, and are morally upright. There are no deep insights into Christianity. Are the characters believable? Well, you know a fairytale is rife with unbelievable stuff and so is this cute story. It is a fun read and good for a couple of evenings entertainment. Enjoy, and get your Biblical studies from the source - the Bible. DISCLOSURE: I was provide a complimentary copy by River North Fiction from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
Sandra D. Bricker in her new book, "If The Shoe Fits" published by River North introduces us to Julianne. From the back cover: Right in the middle of an ordinary life, God throws in a fairy tale. 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. So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming who lost his shoe in the middle of a busy intersection. 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 why is he so oblivious? 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. A 21st Century Cinderella. Well, not quite. All the ingredients seem to be there but they do not seem to come together the way a real fairy tale does. But then again... Sandra D. Bricker does a wonderful job of getting all the events of the fairy tale together, the left behind shoe, a Prince Charming and even a contemporary version of a ball but that is where this fairy tale stops. Julianne may be a lawyer but her head is full of off the wall romantic ideals. And because of this she is missing that Will, her best friend and law partner, is right there and in love with her. So she finds someone who fits her romantic fantasy and she can't seem to figure out why she is being rejected. Now what does she do? This is a wonderful, charming romance and it is going to make you laugh. Ms. Bricker does an outstanding job of bringing her characters to life and you really want their romance to succeed. Maybe this does work as a fairy tale after all, you be the judge. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."