Book Review: If the Shoe Fits

Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:05 PM

Monday, May 5, 2014

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.

She and Will are attorneys now, and they've joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince's toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper...errrr, work boot?...waiting to be reunited with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. 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, Julianne's prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.

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.

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I'm going to be honest (duh, right?). This book was not one of my favorites that I've had the pleasure of reading lately. There were times when I just felt like this book was trying to hard. On top of that, Juliannne just seemed to be too naive for words, at times. She pursues a man simply because she saw him pick up a dog out of the street. Even when she found out that he's not a Christian, not really an animal lover and other things, she continues to pursue him. Will, who has loved her for 20 years, just seems to sit there. I couldn't believe that anyone would sit around for 20 years without declaring his love or without the other person clueing in. That being said, it's a cute read. It's an easy read and so long as you're okay with the occasional saccharine sweetness, you'll enjoy this book.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.
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