I am a baby boomer raised to believe that love always won, sex and love were interchangeable, and sharing both lead to the much desired happily ever after. In my childhood, every prince claimed a princess, every femme fatale got her man, and every sexual encounter promised love.
I discovered how wrong I was before I left home and I went wild. Disillusioned, the next twenty-five years overflowed with misadventures, failed marriages, and sexual exploits. The lessons I learned were life-altering, filled with disappointments, often with painfully funny results. I cut my life's teeth on the shards of my shattered glass slipper dreams.
Until one day, my fairy godmother decided I'd suffered enough.
My life became an honest-to-goodness love story complete with a real glass slipper.
Happily ever after is possible. Take a lesson or two from me.
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Relationships can be founded on the right reasons or a multitude of wrong reasons. One of the wrongs is searching for Prince Charming to slip on your glass slipper with the assumption that he will deliver "happily ever after" along with it. Read about one woman's life and the lessons she learned while searching for her happily ever after. I loved that Ms. Rentschler's deftly used musical references to reflect the passing years, leading the reader to dance through the pages of her fictional memoir. But I loved her bravery and integrity more, because she honestly revealed her motives for entering into some of her relationships and making the choices she made. There are passages in the book where Ms. Rentschler asks the reader not to make the same mistakes she made. It is in no way "preachy," but rather a voice of wisdom that comes with reflection upon one's life. She says she was lucky about certain things, and she is right. As you read, you might consider whether your glass slippers are influencing your relationships, for happiness comes from within. If you think your fairy godmother or guardian angels have deserted you, or that you've lost your glass slipper, then you need to read this book. Even if all is right with your glass slippers, you still need to read this book for the pure pleasure of reading a well written story of another person's life.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite With its eye-catching cover, and the lively roller-coaster ride which she describes in Breaking the Glass Slipper, Sherry Rentschler will trigger forgotten memories and rekindle sleeping emotions in many female readers. While Sherry has classified Breaking the Glass Slipper as a fictional memoir, readers can tell Sherry is speaking the truth when she pours out this “tale as old as time” of her almost desperate search for a happy balance between love and lust. Sherry begins at the beginning, at that time when most young women start to wonder about the magic of the opposite sex; around puberty. As she feeds her dreams and fuels her desires through romantic movies and popular songs, she increasingly questions how a young girl will know if what a fellow is offering her, or what she wants from him, is love or lust? Her wise mother tells her several times that she will know when true love comes along. But Sherry is impatient. As she matures, her impatience in finding that Prince Charming, who is the best blend of love and lust for them both, eludes her. She moves from one relationship to another. She is always hoping that this next one will be THE one that will bring her that “happy-ever-after" she so desperately craves. While readers might lose count of how many relationships Sherry had, what will grab many of them will be how much we felt like her at the various stages of her search for Mr. Right. Who can forget the first time a guy in our classroom took our breath away and how much we wished he liked us as much as we liked him…only to find out after a while that he wasn’t worth all the daydreaming! How many females can relate to that surge of self-confidence that comes when you know a man finds you irresistible? You feel the power and you exploit it for all it’s worth. And who of us hasn’t felt a crushing let-down when we realize all he really wanted was sex after all? Sherry Rentschler, who has an impressive resume in the writing field, is also a fiction writer. If Sherry had chosen to write this memoir using more dialogue and less narrative, as she does in fiction, this tale as old as time might have been told a little more quickly. But that said, Rentschler has just enough humour, whimsy, self-deprecation and honesty to make this book one you should add to your bucket-list. As you reminisce on that roller-coaster ride with her, you too will likely smile, just a little, at the fairy-tale princess you once were. And at the end, like Sherry, hopefully you will applaud the woman you have now become as time and experience helped you not just to break that glass slipper, but to have the strength to pick up the pieces.