Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me by Julie Wright

Glass Slippers


Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me
by Julie Wright

336 Pages

Contemporary/Romance

Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing (21st October 2019)

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte Kingsbury is down on her luck, she has just received her hundred and eightieth (or round about) rejection letter from her dream agent, she is vowing off writing forever, as what idiot continues to do something that brings them nothing but heartache and pain. But when her best friend Anders appears in her doorway and tries to inform her that ice cream is not a proper meal, she has a spark of epiphany, while before she’s written what she loved – Fairy Tales – she has the greatest idea for a non-fiction book. When this book ends up published, Charlotte thinks that all her dreams have finally come true, but what she finds is a PR firm that is telling her to change her clothes, buy new furniture and stop looking like an unwashed swamp witch while she’s lounging around at home. When she becomes friends with an author who takes her under her wing, she begins to realise that maybe she wasn’t so bad how she was, but will this revelation come in time to save her budding relationship with best friend Anders?

Sometimes all you need is fluff. Contemporary, roll your eyes, predictable, happy ending fluff. And this was just what I needed I think. It was a quick and easy reading story about an author who is down on her luck after her millionth rejection of stories that she pours her soul into and who accidentally hits it big with a random idea after she’s eaten a pint of ice cream and had a cry to her bestie. When the PR firm begins to want to make changes to her life, herself and her overall image, she just goes along with it, because being a published author has been her dream since she was a child, I’m not gonna lie though, it did annoy me a bit.

Okay, so first off, this is toted as a Cinderella retelling, it’s honestly not. The only thing remotely similar to Cinderella is that her mother (who is her biological mother by the way) is a bitch to her, but ends up not being so bad in the end, so I guess, even that isn’t remotely like Cinderella. So I’m not a hundred percent sure why this was likened to the fairy tale of Cinderella because I feel like it robs the story of it’s own ability to stand on it’s own two feet and be the light, entertaining read that it is.

Charlotte’s character did sing to me a bit because I’m an aspiring author myself, so I can understand the want to have something you’ve worked so hard on be published, though, let’s be real, I’m no where near that stage yet because I keep rewriting and reworking until I end up with a completely new concept to begin with and have to start all over again. But she resonated me anyway, is what I’m saying. So I can kind of understand her being pliable enough to run with what the clause in her contract said and what the PR company wants to do, but it still irked me a bit. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve always been unapologetically myself and never felt the need to change myself when someone says I should. I just don’t understand why you would let someone completely dictate your life to you, even for a short few months. It made Charlotte come across as a push over which I felt was a bit of a let down. Anders is a cool character, though I honestly don’t understand why he stuck around like he did. Their relationship was incredibly awkward at the beginning, and it wasn’t so much romance, as putting the feelers out, so it was a little bit cringey at times, though I thought the ending was cute. The supporting cast were well written, though Charlotte’s mum annoyed the tripe out of me, but I think that was the point.

The story itself, I feel, kind of acts like a warning to authors, beware clauses in contracts that give a PR company the right to make you buy new furniture. And also, be yourself, and self publishing isn’t a bad thing, so maybe that might be a better avenue for you to take? Being rejected isn’t so bad, and shouldn’t be taken so badly, I mean, J.K. Rowling was rejected ten times or something before someone picked up the Harry Potter series *shrug*.

I honestly don’t have too much more to say about this one if I’m honest. It was a light, easy read, contemporary romance about an author, it was fluffy. It wasn’t outstanding but it was terrible. What can I say, sometimes you just need a bit of fluff.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Apparently this is a popular topic right now. I just got the ARC for a book called “The Charmed Wife” which is about Cinderella after she’s married and has kids and is disillusioned with life in a castle.

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    1. Jess Smith says:

      That actually sounds really good!! This one was marketed as a Cinderella retelling but its not even similar at all.

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      1. Yes, I think it does. I don’t usually go for fairy-tale stories but this piqued my interest. I found it on Edelweiss, in case you’re interested.

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      2. Jess Smith says:

        Thanks so much! I’ll check it out.

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