I was so excited to have another book by Julie Wright. She just has such a witty and fun writing style I always look forward to reading books by her. Glass Slippers Ever After and Me is a slow-burn best-friends-to-something-more romance that will leave you with a smile on your face.
This one is a modern-day Cinderella re-telling with our heroine, a writer named Charlotte, who goes by Lettie. (Being a writer myself, I identified SO MUCH with a lot of Lettie's thoughts and feelings about the business.) She goes on such a twisty-turny journey not only professionally, but personally, and this story will give you all the feels from tearing your hair out in frustration to swooning with aww moments. This book has all the emotions.
Charlotte has a best friend Anders who is so supportive and kind and while it seems obvious to us he has feelings for her, it really isn't to Lettie. She is focused on her dreams and doesn't want anything to mess up their friendship, though she is jealous when Anders seems to be serious with another girl. The push and pull between these two for the entire book will push all the reader's buttons and frankly, there were times when I wondered if they would ever be able to find a happily-ever-after!
There is a lot for them both to work through, especially as Lettie's life begins to change and she's trying to be everything to everyone. I loved Lettie's sister Kat and how she was there just when she was needed. What are sisters for? Really, all of the characters in the secondary cast were stellar. Ms. Wright adds so many layers to the lives of these characters that they truly feel real and someone you would want to be friends with. My only complaint was that the beginning was a bit slow, but I'm so glad I stuck with it, because the rest of the story is so worth it. Lots of great little messages of what's truly important in life and having the courage to be who you really are. Loved it. Can't wait for the next Julie Wright book!
A modern, reimagined Cinderella story.
"If fairy godmothers existed, there would never be an empty space in the freezer where the ice cream goes. Any responsible fairy godmother would keep that space magically stocked at all times."
When aspiring author Charlotte Kingsley finally gets published, she thinks all her dreams are finally coming 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 sweatpants posts and ice cream binges with her best friend and downstairs neighbor, Anders, replaced instead with beautiful clothes, orchestrated selfies, and no boyfriend. Only, that carefully curated fairytale life is ruining her self esteem and making her feel like a fraud.
When another 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 toward midnight, and Charlotte must decide between her fairytale life and the man she loves while she tries to figure out if she is the woman in peasant clothes or the woman in the ball gown.