Book Review: Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me

“Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me” is by far my favorite Julie Wright book yet. I really loved this book, mainly because I relate a lot to the story. There’s that writer who dreams of being published, but then in order to truly be that bestselling author, you have to be a certain online persona. Welcome to the world of books, PR, marketing and social media. Oh, and try to have a personal life somewhere in there.

For writers, there are a lot of good pick me ups throughout this book that helps you focus on your craft, like being true to yourself.

To create.
To be who I am with no apologies given.
Write something for you.
Whatever you choose – if it’s what you want – then it won’t be wrong.

What Lettie goes through after she hires a PR firm to change her online image is basically what every person on Instagram that’s trying to sell something, promote something, or become an influencer with a shipload of followers goes through every single day. This is the world of fakestagram and the lie sells.

Here is the synopsis:

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.

– Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me

When her new life as an author conflicts with her personal life, this is where things take a bad turn. I did not like what Anders did. I was just as mad as Lettie was. My stomach literally dropped in disappointment. I kept thinking, “How could he?” What made me even more mad was his inability to understand how this whole thing harms her and her career. It’s like he didn’t even care. This reminds me of a quote that I saw on Instagram recently, “Even the people you think “nah they’d never do me like that” will do you like that.”

What she ends up doing in the end is not what I would have done. I would have been like…I am done. Finito. No going back. I don’t think there would have been a single friend that would tell me to rethink this. So maybe what she decides to do in the end is the fairy tale. BUT even though I did not like her decision, I did like the way the book ended.

I highly recommend this book for writers, book reviewers, and bookstagrammers. I will warn you that if you are like me, you will fairy godmother up some ice cream for your freezer and phone in some Thai curry for dinner. All of this talk about ice cream and Thai food made me stock the freezer and order Thai curry.

Crazy thing is…I am still craving Thai curry. I’ve had it every day this week.

What You Need to Know

Julie Wright is the author of “Lies Jane Austen Told Me,” “Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Happily Ever After,” and many other romance novels.

“Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me” is a Cinderella retelling. The author dives into the question of what happens at midnight when the magic disappears.

This story explores the concept of Cinderella, the peasant servant girl and the fairy tale princess. Even though there may be two sides to the girl, she is still both of those girls.

The fairy godmother appears as the “stereotypical magical makeover character” and the grown-up version of the “wise mentor.” The quote about fairy godmothering ice cream into your freezer is now a quote my friends and I are using, because there is so much truth to it. As women, we must ALWAYS have ice cream in our freezer and a bottle of wine nearby. From now on, that is my house rule.

Proper Romance is clean, so there are no content warnings for this book. For those who are looking for clean romance books, Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain Publishing provides an array of titles that are befitting religious households and grandma (or people like me who prefer clean romance). I’ve loved every single title I’ve read from Proper Romance. They were the ones who finally got me to like romance stories.

[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This post contains affiliate links.]

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