If The Shoe Fits - I Liked It

I think my favorite Christian romance stories are the ones where the two main characters have known each other for a long time, and one or both of them start to realize they have feelings for each other.  I don't know why, maybe it's just the added suspense, but I like reading how those stories play out best.

If The Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker is a story about Julianne Barlett, a lawyer who is looking for her Prince Charming - and she thinks she has found him when she sees a strayer rescuing a dog from a busy highway.  But what she doesn't realize is that her real Prince Charming has been right there under her nose for years.

This book was written from a humorous perspective, and there personalities of the characters were fun and quirky.  I really liked how the author had a couple side plots going on, so it wasn't all focused on two characters.  I like when authors can show the main characters in a community instead of in isolation, and I thought Bricker did that very well. At times I got a little irritated at Julianne, because she seemed so dense when it came to romance, but that was part of the charm.

One thing I didn't like was that though Julianne was supposed to be a Christian, finding a Christian man to marry didn't seem to be high on her list of priorities - no kind of alarm was really sounded when she found out the guy she was dating wasn't a believer.  If you are looking for a role-model type romantic book for younger readers, that might be something to discuss further.

Still, I really enjoyed this book.  The characters were funny and interesting, and I felt like the story developed at the perfect pace.

I have no idea if there is a second series in this book, but I wish there was, because there was a rivalry between Julianne and another female lawyer that was never really resolved - and I think it would be interesting to see that play out in another book.

If you want some light, fun beach reading this summer, this is a great one to check out!

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Witheagerhands said...

That's my favorite type of romance story too- probably because Ian and I were friends for a long time before I realized I liked him- then I had to wait for him to like me, ha!

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