Rise & Shine   -     By: Sandra D. Bricker
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Rise & Shine

River North / 2014 / Paperback

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Shannon Ridgeway thought she had her happily-ever-after, but a diving accident on her honeymoon puts her in a coma. Waking years later, she discovers that her husband died, and the world has changed! With the help of her handsome doctor and three elderly aunts, can she piece her life back together---despite her malevolent sister-in-law's schemes?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .63 (inches)
ISBN: 0802406300
ISBN-13: 9780802406309
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Publisher's Description

Shannon Malone thought she'd found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she's thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon's tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone's life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart's dog, not hers.

Shannon's three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund's sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel's kiss awaken her once and for all?

Author Bio

SANDRA D. BRICKER was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure. Her latest novel, Book #3 of 4 in the Another Emma Rae Creation series for Abingdon Press, is Always the Designer, Never the Bride. Sandie invites every reader to click the FOLLOW button on her newly-redesigned blog and contribute to the ongoing conversations, www.sandradbricker.blogspot.com.

Editorial Reviews

Four Star Review from Romantic Times!

"Bricker's latest is a delightful contemporary retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of humor and a dab of faith. Rise & Shine is a fun story with endearing characters who will bring a smile to your face. Readers who enjoy good chicklit --Christian or otherwise -- should try this one. Although the villain plays a minor role, it doesn't take away fromthe central storyline. And, last but not least, a McDreamy-type Prince Charming takes care of the sleeping beauty even though she's completely unaware of it. How's that for sweet and romantic?"

"Rise and Shine is a very clever retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It is witty, sad, very sweet and incredibly well written. I laughed and cried all the way through and I didn't want to put it down. Also as someone own is not a fan of Christian Fiction the religious aspects of this novel didn't drive me away from this book as it has in others. It was just a really good read." Jennifer Scalabrini, Rating 4 of 5 stars, Net Galley May 15, 2104

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A modern twist on an old favorite.
    August 27, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm a lover of fairy tales...a known Disney princess fanatic...I have a Pinterest board to prove it. So, when a new twist on an old favorite comes along, I have to check it out.

    I was not disappointed in Rise & Shine. I wondered how Sleeping Beauty could be told with a modern twist. Sandra figured out the perfect way to do it. It was a mix of Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle. It also showed the most realistic version of time travel. Being in a coma and waking up ten years later. It really brings attention to how much things can change, especially with the advances in technology.

    When introduced to Shannon, she is a bubbly newlywed. Happy about life...except for the ending of her favorite TV show Friends. She is ready to concur the world, and her newlywed class at church with her husband. We don't get to really dive into the the old Shannon's life. We just get a brief glimpse. The Shannon we get to know is the girl who wakes up ten years later to a whole new world that has kept on moving without her.

    Shannon deals with so many changes and has several blows dealt to her. And after having been out of it for ten years, she really doesn't remember who she was. Her memories are faded, so when she is able to start life again, after rehabbing, she is determined to find out what she wants to do, because who people keep telling her she was, just doesn't fit to who she thinks she is anymore.

    It was an interesting story to think about while reading. What would some be like after waking up. How would they see everything with these new eyes. It was interesting to see it through Shannon's perspective.

    There was a lot of humor through out the story, which was great, because this story could have easily have been a very serious and heart wrenching story. It has many sweet moments as well. Shannon's aunt Mary is a very chipper character that kept lightness to the book as it moved forward during what could have been heavier moments.

    Daniel was very much the prince charming in the story. He cared for everyone and he made good on the promise he made to Shannon's late husband. He was a wonderful support for Shannon during her transitioning time. And in modern day style, he does goof up, but he is willing to learn from his mistakes.

    This was a fun story to read. It was the perfect companion for me during my sick day. The only small thing about the story I noticed I wish was a little different was the ending. It wasn't bad, I enjoyed it, but it just seemed to end a little too quickly, but that could have just been me wanting know more about the afterwards of the characters.

    Thank you to MP Newsroom, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rise and Shine
    August 22, 2014
    Glenda Z
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Rise and Shine - eBook.
    Full of humor, relational angst and redemption, Sandra D. Bricker delivers another inspiring and satisfying read.
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great One From Sandra!
    July 17, 2014
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Absolutely hysterical! I previously reviewed another book by Sandra called If the Shoe Fits which was a retelling of Cinderella. Rise and Shine is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and was an amazing one at that! I loved the main characters, Shannon and Daniel, and the story was very well written. Shannon's personality makes the terrible trauma that she went through easy to read without getting depressed, of course we still care for her, and there are a few emotional scenes, but for the most part, you are laughing.

    I loved how Daniel was such an amazing Christian. He thanked God for everything that happened, prayed before every decision, and even prayed with Shannon a few times. Though he wasn't perfect, he was still a great Christian roll-model.

    If you liked If the Shoe Fits, or just funny books, I can almost promise that you will love this book!

    "I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another fun read by Sandra D. Bricker
    June 24, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Rise and Shine" by Sandra D. Bricker is a contemporary fairy tale that included elements of faith and subtle nods to "Sleeping Beauty," although the story was entirely original. I liked the concept of this book because I think it's pretty unique to Christian fiction. The two main characters were likable and had romantic tension. The middle of the book was a little slow, and it seemed like a lot of injuries/crises were used to move the plot forward at times, although I suppose that went along with the fairy tale theme. Overall, however, the book was a fun summer beach read that I would recommend. I have read several of the author's books and always enjoy her writing. Full disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not told what to write, and all thoughts and comments about this work are my own.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    4.5 stars!
    May 17, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    Rise and Shine is such a fun book! It seems that fairy tale retellings are quite popular right now, and Sandie Bricker has done a great job of creating a modern version of Sleeping Beauty.

    To be honest, the premise was almost too sad for me to deal with. A woman has an accident on her honeymoon, goes into a coma for 10 years, finally awakens only to learn that her husband died of cancer several years earlier. So sad, right? But I trusted that Sandie would give me both a great story and a happily-ever-after ending (it's a fairy tale after all!), so I read the book despite my nervousness about the potentially-sad plot.

    As I've come to expect from Sandie, Rise and Shine was great! The story is cute with plenty of laughs. Shannon's aunt is hilarious with her exclamation of "yippee!" every time Shannon remembers something. And Shannon and Daniel are fun, likeable characters. They definitely have some issues to work through, but it was fun to watch their relationship develop. Daniel was a great hero and I loved how he took care of Shannon. The best part of Shannon is that she is such a strong character—and only begins to realize it after she wakes up.

    As great as the book was, I was a little disappointed in the ending. It felt really abrupt, and I just needed a little more. Maybe one more chapter or an epilogue? Overall, though, I definitely enjoyed this book and recommend it to fans of romantic comedies and/or fairy tales. [4.5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from River North through CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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