I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and all opinions are my own.
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release Date: October 21, 2019
A modern, reimagined Cinderella story.
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.
The story is about Charlotte Kingsley, a twenty-six year old author who, after finally getting published, has her life drastically changed by her agent and publicity firm. She goes from a laidback and comfortable life to one that is staged. Throughout the book, it is shown how this affects both Charlotte, as well as her friends and family.
I loved the plot and story of this book, and the writing was very nice. However, some of the sentences in the first few chapters were really long, and the author could have split most of them into two, even three, separate sentences. But if you are someone that does not mind longer sentences in books, this would not bother you at all. The run-on sentences do decrease as the book progresses. Other than that, the style of writing itself is very fun and definitely makes it easy for the reader to get into the story. I really enjoyed the way she wrote some scenes, it was very different from most romance authors I’ve read so far. The story tackles on a lot of issues and problems of our society today such as appearances on social media, and learning how to be true to oneself. I really enjoyed this because the story was absolutely enjoyable but it also gave off a wonderful message throughout!
It took me a while to connect with and like Charlotte, mostly because she came off as a bit childish in the beginning – she was wild and all over the place, and I didn’t really understand her, I guess. But as the story progresses, her caring and loving side comes out and I couldn’t help but completely fall in love with her. There were times when I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her and times when I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything would be alright. Her character was so relatable at times, especially when she was trying to figure things out with her work as an author and her relationship with her friend, Anders. Anders, however, was my favourite character in the book, and oh my god, I love him. I am in love. Anders, I love you. He is such a sweetheart and is constantly making sure Charlotte is okay, and doing everything he can to help her. I think the way Charlotte realized that she had feelings for Anders was very realistic – it is secretly one of my favourite tropes! Gah, the angst! I loved seeing the two of them come to terms with it so much, and seeing their relationship blossom. I can’t wait for the rest of you to read this book!
Another character that I loved was Kat, Charlotte’s stepsister. She’s a young teen full of life and wonder, and is dealing with teenage things. I related to her character a lot (I’m so happy with the rep, which I also can’t wait for you to read!) and I understood completely why she dealt with things the way she did. She was a wonderful character to read about and I absolutely loved the way she cared for Charlotte and Anders.
This book was a very, very fun read and was super cute. I can see myself reading this again nearing Christmas, because of the heartwarming family vibes I got throughout while reading. I do recommend this to everyone who loves reading romance books, as it is a wonderful story with wonderful characters and a wonderful message!
“Whatever the future held, it promised to be fantastic.”