Thank you to Disney Books for sharing a review copy of If The Shoe Fits
Cinderella is one of my favorite Disney movies and I love retellings of this classic story. When I found out that Julie Murphy was writing an adult romance retelling of Cinderella with a Bachelor style twist? I slammed that request button on Netgalley.
After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.
Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own
Julie Murphy brought all of her signature stylistic charm to If The Shoe fits – there was a real focus on kindness, both inwardly and outwardly. I really loved that she twisted the concept of Cinderella to be a kinder one – it made this retelling stand out and easily made it one of my favorites.
This was a super unique take on the classic, Cinderella. Cindy’s stepsisters were kind instead of cruel and her step mother was just trying to do her best as a mother figure to Cindy. Her stepmother wasn’t intentionally mean to Cindy, but she was inadvertently harsh and didn’t know how to handle Cindy’s body type. It was small things, like not wanting Cindy to be on her reality show for fear of how the internet would react that gave her minorly evil stepmother moments
As a huge fan of the Bachelor – I was psyched with the idea of mixing Cinderella and the Bachelor. Right off the bat, Cindy and Henry had phenomenal chemistry – even when they were just sitting next to each other on a plane. I just loved how sweet they were together – their little moments were wonderful to read about. I also appreciated that their relationship was not the entirety of Cindy’s journey – throughout the book she learned to accept herself and to handle her grief in more productive ways. I loved that even when the other contestants were cruel to her, she took the high road and was always kind.
I cannot get over how much I loved this book – it was so sweet and lovely and I want to reread it already. I can’t wait for more of these Meant To Be adult romance retellings – I hope Cindy and Henry make future appearances. If you’re looking for other Bachelor style goodness with excellent plus sized rep – check out One To Watch. 5/5