- 304 pages
- Expected publication: August 3rd 2021
- by Hyperion Avenue
In a world where reality tv and news make me want to hide under the covers, If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy is a charmingly funny romantic comedy that gave me a reason to believe that happily ever after’s still do happen.
I loved the modern twist given to the bits of the original Cinderella tale thrown into the story. From the glass slipper to the stepmother and two stepsisters, these little bits from the original Cinderella fairytale connected me to the story in unexpected ways. Bringing up happy memories from childhood stories gives the novel a magical fairytale quality that helped me tap into all that is good and right. When a story has all those positive traits, it surely will touch the heart and put a smile on your face, and If the Shoe Fits did that and more.
The story is entirely predictable, but what makes it nearly a five-star story, that easily held my unwavering attention from page one to the last page, is the characters. Cindy and Henry are completely relatable with complexities and layers that give them that genuine feel I look for in any novel. I wanted them to have their happily ever after more than anything, and I could not put the book down until I knew that they did – however that might look.
I also enjoyed the use of a Bachelor-type reality show the story centers around because, let us face it, that is something that can bring on all the chuckles and smiles. The story never takes the reality series seriously. Instead, satirization is achieved by playing up all the unreality of reality. It is so much fun and hits on many truths that take this story to a whole other deeper level.
The story also has a character lineup that includes much diversity, and it does so in a respectful and completely natural manner. It never feels like it is trying to be diverse for diversity’s sake, but that is truly a microcosm of our world today.
If you are looking for a story that will make you believe in happily-ever-after again, If The Shoe Fits will do that with many chuckles along the way.
Goodreads Link: If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be, #1) by Julie Murphy | Goodreads