Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me
By Julie Wright
Published October 2019 by Shadow Mountain Publishing
When aspiring author Charlotte Kingsley finally gets published, she thinks all her dreams have come 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 sweatpant posts and ice cream binges with her best friend, Anders, replaced instead with beautiful clothes, orchestrated selfies, and no boyfriend. Only, that carefully curated fairy tale life is ruining her self-esteem and making her feel like a fraud.
When a 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 towards midnight, and Charlotte must decide between her fairy tale life and the man she loves, before he’s gone forever.
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Cinderella may be one of my most favorite fairy tales, so when I had the opportunity to read Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me, I couldn’t pass it up!
Charlotte wants to be a published author and she keeps writing and sending in pieces and getting rejected. After a spurt of inspiration, she finally writes a book that lands her the deal she’s always dreamed of. But it comes at the price of curating her persona online to give an air of being more put together than she really feels.
Anders is Charlotte’s neighbor and they’re best friends. He pops by unannounced and I loved their comfort level with one another and I loved watching their romance blossom. Relationships take work, and it’s apparent that Charlotte and Anders have some things to work out, and communication seems to be their biggest downfall. But that’s what made it feel realistic as a relationship and romance.
I loved how each chapter gives us a snippet of Charlotte’s book at the beginning. It’s actually a non-fiction book I’d love to read, and I don’t read much non-fiction these days. So if this book of hers ever becomes a whole book, I want it for sure!
Not being part of the “behind the scenes” publishing world, I can’t really attest to what Charlotte faced when curating her online presence. But I’d like to think that a lot of self help authors wrote their books from a place of being a mess, so is it realistic to look at them and see this put together person to envy when basically we are all messes? It’s made me look at recent author posts with a different lens after reading this book.
I really liked watching Charlotte’s character evolve over the course of this book. As the reader we get to see her navigate changes in her life as she goes through the process of becoming a widely known author. And I really loved her explanation of herself at the end, and that’s as vague as I can be because obviously I don’t want to give anything away haha.
I’ve said it before (with The Lady and the Highwayman) and I’ll say it again, proper romance is quickly becoming a favorite genre of mine. There’s something so swoon-worthy over watching a sweet romance develop throughout the course of the book.
Thank you to Shadow Mountain Pub for sending me a copy of Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me to read and review! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales and romance reads!