Sandra D. Bricker's latest novel is a cute story - a "contemporary fairytale" - about whether two friends can fall in love. Just starting up their own law firm, attorneys Julianne Bartlett and Will Hanes have been best friends forever and now finally even get to work together. As their business gets going, they face a number of difficulties, from murderous clients to fraudulent employees to their own messed up love lives. Will knows that he is in love with Julianne and pretty much always has been, despite dating a number of other women. Julianne hasn't really considered Will again since their disastrous date back in high school, though she tends to be unhappy about his relationships, and anyway, she just encountered an "angel" - a hunk of a man who stopped traffic to rescue a dog and lost his tool box and boot in the process. It must be a sign from God, right?
When I first saw the cover, my automatic thought was, "the guy in the work boot wins the girl - the rich man never does." To my surprise, the book wasn't really about rich or poor or works-with-his-hands versus pushes-paper, and it wasn't at all what I was expecting in terms of "should I marry him, or do I really love my best friend instead?" What it amounts to is that Julianne knows she is pursuing the wrong man - God makes it abundantly clear - but she doesn't feel like there is anyone else who would have her, either - not Will, not anyone, so the cover is a little deceptive. Bricker doesn't elaborate on it, but she makes the important point that a Christian should only consider another Christian as a spouse, though Julianne doesn't heed that advice in her desperation to have any man besides Will-the-consolation-prize on her arm.
While it is described as a contemporary fairytale, it is more a story of a girl who desperately wants the fairytale - so much so that she chances missing out on true love right in front of her. Cinderella gets her ball and wows the price, loses her slipper running away, and even has a fairy godmother. However, it isn't as easy as fairytales imply; there is a lot more vulnerability and soul-baring than she expects.
It was a cute story, with lots of humor to sweeten the message on pride. While there were not a lot of deep conversations, the characters were obviously Christians, though they were just as obviously as prone to do dumb things as the rest of us. Thank goodness for God's grace! Pride gets them nowhere, but humbling themselves before each other and God goes a long way. A fun read.
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."
Julianne and Will have been best friends since they were children. They went through school together, then through law school and now they have opened a law office together. But what happens when the feelings of one changes to love instead of friendship?
Will has loved Julianne for twenty years, but Julianne is clueless to his love. To Julianne Will is her best friend and nothing more. But what is that pricking of her heart every time another woman becomes involved with Will?
Julianne believes she has met her Prince Charming in the form of a hunky carpenter but when things don't work out for them Julianne becomes desperate. Nominated for a prestigious award Julianne desires to prove to everyone that she can show up with a man other than Will. She offers to pay her hunky carpenter to attend the gala with her. With disastrous results Cinderella ends up running from the ball in disgrace. Can Julianne ever see Will's true feelings for her or must he give up his love in order to save his own heart?
Cute! Cute! Cute! I loved this story. Just as with the Emma Rae creates series(Always the Baker Never the Bride etc.) If The Shoe Fits is filled with humorous dialogue and loveable characters. I'm a sucker for best friends falling in love and Julianne and Will's story does not disappoint in the romance department.
"I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review, all comments and opinions are my own."
I have to say that this book was very enjoyable! Lots and lots of funny scenes that had me laughing out loud! I loved Julianne's personality, she always looked for the good in every situation, even when some of the worst circumstances hit her and Will's law firm. Julianne loves the animals and people of her town, as well as out of, and always participates in fundraisers of every kind.
Will and Julianne have been best friends since they were 10 or so, and Will has been in love with Julianne since he laid eyes on her, but never had the courage to risk their friendship by jumping into a serious relationship. Until 20 years later and this Prince Charming threatens to steal her away permanently.
Julianne and Will have their ups and downs like all best friends do and we all know what will happen at the end, but it is always fun to read about how they get to the end!
So this book is another one to join Rayleigh's Hall of Fame! Highly recommended!