If the Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair
Series: Once Upon A Romance
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2013)
File Size: 483 KB
I’ll admit it, sometimes I’ll read cozy romances, if the premise is catchy and the cover art isn’t cheesy. If the Shoe Fits Is the first in a series called Once Upon a Romance based (loosely) on fairy tales. This particular novel is based on the tale of Cinderella, and does a pretty good job of it too!
The story is about Charlotte (Charlie) King, whose father owned King’s Department Store until he died. When the book begins, the store is under the control of her strict stepmother. Charlie lives in the King household with her stepmother and her two plain, boring stepsisters. Charlie wants to bring her father’s store back to its former glory; her stepmother wants to sell it.
Enter Alexander (Alex) Royal: young, wealthy businessman who is looking for a match, mainly to appease his aging grandparents. Then Charlie and Alex meet, and their businesses, and hearts, hang in the balance.
For a cozy romance, this was actually very good. The author kept the premise of Cinderella without going overboard (no singing mice, no cleaning chimneys, no pumpkin), and – except for a few cheesy romantic moments, which cozies are known for – the story was engaging and fun.
This was a well thought out, fact-pace read which had some interesting scenes and engaging characters. Even the secondary characters were three-dimensional, so much so that I am interested in reading the second book Waking Sleeping Beauty, which is about Francine (Francie) King, one of Charlie’s stepsisters.
The only thing that got a little annoying to me was that Charlie and Alex both had androgynous nicknames, so it would take me a few moments to remember which was which.by