Publication Date: October 21, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: October 20, 2019
Format: Paperback ARC provided by publisher
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My Goodreads Review
“A modern, reimagined Cinderella story.When aspiring author Charlotte Kingsley finally gets published, she thinks all her dreams have come true. But the trouble begins when her publicity firm reinvents her quirky online presence into a perfectly curated dream life. Gone are the days of sweat-pant posts and ice cream binges with her best friend, Anders, replaced instead with beautiful clothes, orchestrated selfies, and no boyfriend. Only, that carefully curated fairy tale life is ruining her self-esteem and making her feel like a fraud.
When a bestselling author takes Charlotte under her wing—almost like a fairy godmother—she helps Charlotte see the beautiful person she already is and the worth of being authentic. But is it too late to save her relationship with Anders? The clock is quickly ticking towards midnight, and Charlotte must decide between her fairy tale life and the man she loves, before he’s gone forever.”
Glass Slippers, Ever After and Me is based on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, but it managed to sweep me off my feet to the point that I wasn’t comparing it to the original fairytale as I would have with other novels. Julie Wright managed to write an imaginative and smart modern-day love story that we can all relate to. This story follows Charlotte Kingsley–an aspiring author with commitment issues, and Anders, a hard-working, loving and fiercely loyal Swede, who happens to not only be Charlotte’s neighbor, but also her best friend.
The thing I loved the very most about this book was the fact that this was not an insta-love story! I was so excited when I got to a certain point in the story and realized that we get to see a long and progressive relationship that has to be navigated through loads of challenges. I also appreciated that Wright gave us a look at the role social media plays in our lives, and messes with our relationships.
Wright’s writing style was quite enjoyable, and I loved how she kept the classic fairytale woven throughout in an imaginative way. I also thought it was clever to include excerpts from Charlotte’s novel “The Cinderella Fiction” at the beginning of each chapter. The only thing that bothered me at all with the writing was the fact that Wright did a lot more telling than showing. The MC had quite a few longwinded “info-dumpy” sounding paragraphs that could have been summed up in a few sentences throughout the book. I’ll be the first to admit that when I come across these types of paragraphs I, unfortunately, tend to skim read. I really wish there would have been less of these parts, and more interaction and dialogue between the main characters. We spent a little too much time in Charlotte’s head, which became somewhat tedious to read. This is the only thing that caused me to give one less star.
I did think that the characters were well written. You felt like you were friends with them, and they were so relatable. Wright definitely has a way of making her characters leap off the page, and drawing you in to care for her characters. Anders was my favorite character in the book by far. I love him. Everyone needs an Anders in their life. He is such a sweetheart and is constantly making sure Charlotte is okay and doing everything he can to help her. Like I said in the beginning, I think the way these two come together and the way Charlotte realizes her feelings was very realistic I really loved seeing their relationship blossom and grow.
This was also a very quick read for me, which I always enjoy. I can also see myself picking the book up again in the future, or listening to it via audiobook.
Overall, I really enjoyed the message of the novel of being true to ones self. I also really enjoyed how the author tackled some harder issues such as social media, and it’s control over our lives. This was a very fun, and cute romance read with deep and emotional characters that capture you from the first chapter. It is such a heartwarming story with wonderful family vibes and wonderful characters. I highly recommend this read if you love sweet, clean romances, and I look forward to reading more from Wright in the future.
Special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing for the advanced review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.
About the Author:
Julie Wright is the author of more than twenty novels, including the Proper Romance® novels Lies Jane Austen Told Me and Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She is a Whitney Award winner and a Crown Heart recipient. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe. She loves reading and writing, playing on the beach or hiking with her husband and kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
“This sweet, heartfelt tale of authentic characters facing intriguing challenges is at once very romantic and charmingly chaste.”
-Booklist, starred review
“Wright spins a modern-day and very meta Cinderella tale. This fast-paced, lighthearted romance also carries a moral lesson about falsehoods getting in the way of the quest for true happiness.”
“Aspiring author Charlotte ‘Lettie’ Kingsley writes fairy tales and hopes to be published. When she gets one more rejection, her feelings of pique lead her to an inspired idea: She’ll write a self-help book called The Cinderella Fiction that will encourage readers to live their best lives. Lettie’s agent has big plans for the book and has created a team to make it a bestseller, including a PR firm that demands a complete makeover for Lettie. From wardrobe to apartment to a new nickname, ‘Char,’ every detail is changed to create an image that inspires admiration and a legion of followers. However, it also means that her real-life relationships are affected, and the new Char is so different from the old Lettie that she’ll have to sift through what she wanted, and what she’s gained, so she can live her own best life authentically. Wright updates ‘Cinderella’ with a modern twist and smart, satisfying details.”