If the shoe fits is bestselling author Julie Murphy’s first foray into the world of adult romance. With several great successes including Ramona Blue, Side effects may vary, and Dumplin ‘ which is now a Netflix movie, this first step into the adult romance genre is proof that the magic of Murphy’s writing transcends genres. If the shoe fits lands in a unique place of the adult genre, sure to appeal not only to 20-year-olds like its protagonist Cindy, but also to teenage young adult readers and older Disney lovers. There has been a gap in the industry between these adorable teenage books and adult novels about someone in their 30s with children, and If the shoe fits intervenes to fill this gap perfectly.
Murphy presents a refreshing and real-life protagonist in Cindy Woods. If the shoe fits is the first novel in the Meant to Be series, a new Disney adult series inspired by the fairy tales we all know and love. Slightly inspired by Cinderella, If the shoe fits follows Cindy, a fashion school graduate whose first love is shoes. Lacking creative inspiration and job prospects, she returns to her stepmother’s home in Los Angeles with her two (not at all mean) half-sisters Anna and Drew, and triplet half-siblings. . His stepmother, Erica Tremaine, is the creative mind behind the country’s most popular reality TV show, Before midnight, in which women will compete for the heart of the suitor, Henry (and $ 100,000). When a spot suddenly needs to be filled at the last second, Cindy volunteers in the hope of relaunching her career in the fashion world. Cindy also happens to be the only plus-size contender, and she is immediately put in the spotlight, finding herself an icon of body positivity, which she never expected. However, her plans are quickly called into question as she discovers that she may well find love alongside inspiration on Before midnight.
This modern approach involves cutting edge fashion, a matchmaking-style reality show with excellent drama, and best of all, Cindy’s plus-size status is beautifully incorporated, delivering much-needed portrayal and body positivity in the world of entertainment. ‘today. If the books were shoes, then this one would be a limited edition Jimmy Choo. Murphy perfectly embraces the familiar elements of Cinderellaclassic tale with our modern world. Fairytale moments are balanced by realistic moments. Cindy’s experience on the set of Before midnight is just as captivating as the romance between her and Henry. She finds herself the target of a particularly vicious competitor who makes her unsure of being able to trust others, which reveals the truth about how women are often pitted against each other. Her own personal tragedy of losing both parents is broadcast nationwide, though she still grapples with that heartbreak. It could be a romance novel, but Murphy is able to explore the reality of Cindy’s heartbreak as well as the book’s lighter moments. She also transparently writes down the challenges Cindy faces as a plus-size person. She is often unable to find ready-made clothes in her size and is rejected as a serious contender by the crew of the reality show. It’s an element that grounds the book in reality, making romantic fairytale moments even sweeter and reminding every woman of all sizes that she is also worthy of that true fairytale love.
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Murphy delivers a decadent romantic comedy story as Cindy and her future Prince Charming share delightfully sweet moments throughout their time on the reality show. The romance that blossoms between Cindy and Henry is electric from their very first meeting. It’s impossible to miss the steamy chemistry between the two protagonists driven by their flirtatious jokes and secret moments stolen when the cameras are off. Their story is so well written that no one will be able to resist devouring If the shoe fits as fast as they can. All fans of the genre will laugh, swoon, blush and scream at the twists and turns of Cindy’s journey which is not just a love story, but also finding herself on the other side of a deep personal tragedy. Murphy delivers a powerful love story and a very important message about self-acceptance and empowerment in If the shoe fits.
If the shoe fits hits shelves August 3 and is available for pre-order now.
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