If the Slipper Fits

If the Slipper Fits

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by Elaine Fox

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Anne Sayer learned long ago that fairy tales don't come true. Connor Emory was the "prince" of a rich and powerful family and she was the "hired help," and for one glorious Maine summer, it was heaven. But evil stepmothers do exist, so Anne's "happily-ever-after" -- wasn't.

Dashing, charismatic, and successful, Connor never understood what happened all those

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Anne Sayer learned long ago that fairy tales don't come true. Connor Emory was the "prince" of a rich and powerful family and she was the "hired help," and for one glorious Maine summer, it was heaven. But evil stepmothers do exist, so Anne's "happily-ever-after" -- wasn't.

Dashing, charismatic, and successful, Connor never understood what happened all those years ago, but he's sure now it was for the best. As the reigning heir to the family estate, he returns to Candlewick Island for one reason only: to sell the cursed castle where his heart was broken and dismiss from his life the woman responsible. But Anne, now more beautiful and confident than ever, no longer fits his memory -- and Connor is intrigued. But enough so to risk his heart again?

A long way from the girl she had been, Anne knows what she wants. Armed with a scheme to save the estate and aided by a houseful of eccentric cohorts, this "Cinderella" intends to win back her prince. Because the glass slipper that would never have fit a decade ago is the perfect size now ...

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If the Slipper Fits

Chapter One

Sea Bluff
Candlewick Island, Maine
Six months later

The staff had been gossiping behind her back all week. And the worst thing was, they didn't think she'd noticed.

"Mr. Franklin, be careful!" Anne said to the gardener more sharply than she'd intended as she rushed to grab the plant he'd nearly knocked off the pedestal in the front hall.

She was annoyed with all of them, she thought, glancing up at the bird circling the foyer's ceiling over the heads of the rest of Sea Bluff's core staff. The very staff she'd found whispering in empty rooms and darkened corners nearly every day since last Thursday. Whispering, that is, until she entered the room.

"I'm going to call Animal Control," she said, striding toward the hall phone. "The new tenants are going to be here within the hour and I don't want the entire staff in the front hall chasing after some crazed bird."

"No authorities!" the gardener cried, his flinty eyes following the bird's flight. "I got it. Look out!" he roared, heading toward Anne, his craggy face intent. A butterfly net -- old, bent, and patched with panty hose -- flew over his head like a battle flag.

Her pale blonde hair swinging into her face as she spun to follow the gardener's path, Anne jumped aside and ducked as the bird careened around the front hall of the historic mansion.

The gardener stopped abruptly in the center of the hall, his eyes alert. The net drooped above him.

Everyone stood stock-still. Anne pushed her hair out of her face and looked at the five people drawn from their jobs to the bird "crisis": the gardener, thehandyman, the housekeeper-in-training, the cook, and the business manager.

Lois Marshall, who was accountant as well as business manager for Sea Bluff, had just displeased everyone by telling them to get back to work. "Work" being preparing the island's largest, most famous summer "cottage" for the arrival of this season's tenants.

Though best known for its stunning beauty -- it was situated on four hundred sea-kissed acres at the northernmost point of the island -- and the host of celebrities who had stayed there, Sea Bluff also had an impressive history. It had been built in the 1800s by a notorious sea captain renowned for his mercenary exploits, for a bride who would never see it. She was killed en route to the island by a roving band of pirates.

Of course, some said she was killed by her own mother, who was also in love with the sea captain, but nobody really believed that story.

In any case, the captain died alone, having never married, and he willed the estate to his nephew, Cornelius Edison Emory, whose descendents had owned it ever since.

"Back to work, she says," Prin Walter, the cook, protested. "Seems to me makin' sure the house ain't infested with wildlife is work."

"Yes, but it's work for only one," Anne said firmly. "And Mr. Franklin is capable."

A fluttering sounded to Anne's right. She whirled and pointed past the Frederic Church landscape on the wall to the Florentine marble bust of Socrates near the curve in the massive Italian walnut staircase. "It's over there."

"Lord preserve us!" the cook said, her voice issuing the statement like a command to the Almighty. One side of her gray hairdo was ruffled where the bird had glanced off her head, and flour smeared her forearms. She must have been baking bread when the commotion had ensued. "You all know what a bird in the house means, don't you?" she warned.

"Oh, I had a bad feeling this morning." Hiding behind a robust Boston fern, the young housekeeper-in-training wrung her hands in her apron. As if greenery were not the very thing a panicked bird might look for, Anne thought. Adried leaf had dropped into her baby-fine red hair. "I'm a little bit psychic, you know," the housekeeper added.

"Yes, Trudy, we know." Anne sighed.

Trudy was one of the many young people who came to the island off the coast of Maine to work summers in the mistaken belief that Candlewick Island had something to do with witchcraft. "Wick comes from the word wicken," Trudy had informed her during her interview several weeks before, "which means to bewitch."

"A bird in the house means poop on the floor," Lois Marshall told the cook. "Unless we do something quickly." Her short, spiky hair and big, handmade silver earrings gave her a look in direct contrast to the old cook's gray bun and flower-print housedress.

Completely practical, Lois was frequently exasperated working in the 1800s mansion on the cliffs with its colorful crew.

"It doesn't mean anything bad, Trudy. It just means company's coming," the brash young handyman said, winking in the direction of the nervous housekeeper. "Better get your fancy dress apron on."

"If Trudy is concerned, she can just go back upstairs and finish vacuuming those drapes." Anne sent a stern glance to her young trainee.

The gardener, who'd been creeping across the ornate foyer with the skill of a man who'd stalked many a groundhog, made a lunge for the bird with the net. He missed. The chrome handle glanced off the marble bust and Socrates teetered, then toppled to the floor as the bird took off with renewed frenzy. Anne watched in horror as parts of Socrates's face skipped across the floor to hit Prin's white Reebok sneaker and Lois's thick-soled oxford.

"Mr. Franklin, stop right now. This is not working." Anne took several steps toward him, keeping one eye on the bird's erratic flight. God only knew how valuable that bust was ...

If the Slipper Fits. Copyright � by Elaine Fox. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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If the Slipper Fits 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Elaine Fox. I grabbed it because it was cheap and the cover looked interesting. It was a very poor girl/rich guy love story and a little Cinderella esque. It was cute and an easy read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It dragged on in many places to the point where I skipped some of the paragraphs and it told only from the girls point of view - rarely did you hear anything about Conners feelings - his were always so questionable. So disappointing because Elaine Fox has written other great books, this just wasn't one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's kind of one of those books that you read when you have nothing better to do, and nothing else on the bookshelf, but overall it was enjoyable. Athough at some parts in the story I just felt that the author kept repeating herself over and over again until I felt like I'd rather be off counting grains of sand on some foreign beach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect example of a Cinderella story. i just love this type of Romance book and just devored it up! I have not read the other books by this author but I am planning on doing that soon. I highly suggest this book to anyone down and wants to read. It will make you feel all warm inside. i read this book in a matter of hours!Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Elaine Fox that I have read. I was very impressed, the writing and content was awesome. I couldn't put it down!!! It's the kind of love story everyone dreams of. I would highly suggest anyone who likes love and romance to read this one, you won't be disappointed!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually read historicals so this was my first contemporary. It was entertaining and the characters were great. I especially liked the Uncle, who was always up to something. However, I thought Anne was just too forgiving towards Connor when he didn't trust her until after he'd been able to prove her story. I thought if he loved her, like her grandma said in the book, he would've just stayed and trusted her. I did like the book though and would recommend it as a good contemporary read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Years ago, reticent commoner Anne Sayer and wealthy heir Connor Emory fell in love on Candlewick Island, Maine. However, with no reason as far as Connor can tell, Annie abruptly terminates their relationship. A hurt Connor flees the island never to return until the recent death of his father left him in charge of the vast family business holdings including the Sea Bluff Inn on Candlewick.

Anne surprises Connor, as she seems mature and confident in her abilities to perform as an event coordinator unlike the shy person he knew and loved. He also is disgusted with himself because though he does not rust her he still desires her with all his heart. Still he refuses to make any overtures as he will not allow his heart to be battered, but Anne is no longer the timid person who let her beloved get away. Somehow she knows this Cinderella must earn her Prince Charming¿s trust and eventually explain what happened to destroy their first relationship.

IF THE SLIPPER FITS is a charming second chance at love retelling of the Cinderella story. The lead characters are a delightful duo especially Connor who learns the truth about the undermining of his beloved. Though Anne¿s assured nature seems stretched following what she endured from so called loved ones; fans will enjoy Elaine Fox¿s modernization of Cinderella.

Harriet Klausner