I was at Barnes & Noble when I stumbled upon Sarah Strohmeyer’s Bubbles Yablonsky series that caught my eye in the Mystery section. Since I bought that series she’s had other contemporary romances come out and this book was in my opinion interesting enough that I bought it and liked it very much. I read in her biography on her website that she is having so much fun writing stand alone novels about women’s lives, about being overweight or stuck in limbo waiting for life to start or being ugly in a society that puts a premium on physical appearance. The heroine Nola Devlin who is an overlooked editor at Sass! celebrity magazine and she is an overweight woman who is pretending to be a thin, tall, British woman named Belinda Apple, who writes a trendy advice column for Sass! magazine. Nola is a character that I relate to a lot because she has trouble losing weight and that is something I have a big trouble doing since I love to eat different types of food that aren’t that healthy. Nola has a very complex and intriguing story and the hero Chip makes it all that more interesting because he has a big secret that may jeopardize Nola’s job at Sass! magazine. I think that she is doing a fabulous job of it because I enjoyed reading this book very much and I’m looking out for more of her stand alone books in the future. Here is the description of the book from the flap cover and a picture:
THE CINDERELLA PACT $ 5.98 (290 Pages)(was on bargain sale when I bought it. It is hard cover and for $ 24.95)
In this funny and big-hearted story by the author of The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, three best friends make a pact to transform themselves into the glamorous women they’ve always wanted to be.
Nola Devlin has a secret identity. By day she is an overweight, frumpy, and overlooked editor at Sass! (the “celebrity magazine with an edge!”), but by night she slips behind her keyboard and into her alter ego: Belinda Apple. Belinda is thin, gorgeous, British, and the author of a trendy advice column—she is, in effect, the latest Carrie Bradshaw. Not even Nola’s two best friends or her self-absorbed sister (who worships Belinda as the “sister she never had”) know her secret.
When “Belinda” jots off a column about how easy it is to lose weight. Nola is shocked when her best friends take her own lies to heart and urge her to follow Belinda’s weight-loss program. Since Nola can’t reveal herself as the real Belinda Apple, she bites the bullet and joins her friends in making the “Cinderella Pact”—a last ditch attempt to lose weight (again!) and transform their lives for good.
But as the pounds come off, things don’t turn out the way the three friends expect. Their journey of self-discovery leads to the return of an old love and the unmasking of new problems. Meanwhile, Nola finds herself torn between two men as she stomps fires caused by her deception as Belinda Apple and falls in love with the man who just might be her prince—or the rat in coachman’s clothing.