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If the Slipper Fits (Avon Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Elaine Fox


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060517212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060517212
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elaine Fox follows up her sizzling debut Maybe Baby and her latest Man At Work with her third deliciously charming contemporary romance - a twist on the classic Cinderella story which involves the joys of recapturing lost love. Anne Sayer learned long ago that fairy tales don't come true. Connor Emory was the "prince" of a rich and powerful family and she was the "hired help," and for one summer on Maine's Candlewick Island, it was heaven. But evil stepmothers do exist, so Anne's "happily-ever-after" - wasn't. Dashing, charismatic, and successful, Connor returns to the island, never having understood what happened all those years ago, yet sure it was for the best. But Anne knows what she wants. Aided by a houseful of eccentric cohorts, this "Cinderella" intends to win back her prince. Because the glass slipper that would never have fit a decade ago, is the perfect size now...1. ROMANCE RISING STAR: Based on author's debut performance (see below) and in-house enthusiasm, Elaine Fox was selected as the Romance Rising Star for the Summer 2002 list. 2.

A STRONG START: Elaine Fox's debut contemporary romance, Maybe Baby, debuted with a very solid printing of 55,000 copies, and was followed up with another winner, Man At Work, which began with an 85,000 copy initial print. 3. A PUBLISHED HISTORICAL ROMANCE WRITER: Before embarking on her contemporary romance career, Elaine Fox was multi-published in the historical romance arena.


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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Was This Supposed to Go? 30 Jun 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a difficult review to write for a couple of reasons. First by the cover and the back cover description one would think that you were picking up a light contemporary comedy type book. Granted there were a few zany type characters sprinkled throughout the story as the rich heir (Connor) to this magnificent Maine property comes back after an eleven year absence due to having his heart broken irreparably by a young summer housemaid (Anne) now elevated to steward/house curator manager. Connor has returned to sell the property -- and here is where some of the secondary characters come into play as they set out trying to convince the prospective new owner that the property is ready to fall apart and is haunted so that the sale does not go through and their jobs are saved.
Unfortunately, while the plot sounds good, and should have been humorous, it fell rather flat as instead of making me chuckle over the humor my emotions were too caught up in the beastly way our hero Connor was treating Anne - as she decided that - even though it had been eleven years and not a word from him - she was going to set out and seduce him without fessing up as to the real reason she sent him packing all those years ago! BE FOR REAL GIRLFRIEND! This plot just didn't do it for me - I had to re-read the book description again to figure out what this book should have been categorized as. The first half of this book had me so caught up in Anne's pain emotionally that the humor seemed so secondary to be almost non-existent. Connor was just too angry to fall for any of the futile seduction attempts Anne was making. If it were not for the intervention of Connor's wonderfully drawn out Uncle Marcello these two never would have been reunited at all what with Connor's wicked step-mother and Anne's bitter grandmother pulling the strings to keep them apart.
The only reason I did give this book the rating I did was that the writing itself did pull me emotionally, only not in the direction that I feel the author had intended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light- hearted summer time reading 30 July 2003
By destiny morna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If the Slipper fits is a good summer book- its a quick, easy, non demanding read. The simple plot features Anne and Connor- two teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the social spectrum. Anne worked for Connor's family in their vacation home- every summer they would meet. Eventually, they fell in love, but they were forced apart.
Years later, they meet again. This time Connor is intent on selling his childhood home and firing all the household staff- including Anne. Anne however, has other plans to keep her beloved home, save her job and win her Prince.
Elaine fox writes likeable characters including the two main ones, plus the Italian uncle, evil stepmother, idiot village suitor, gossipping townspeople etc. She also manages to keep the plot moving so you don't get bored and make the story fun.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was embarassed for the characters. 20 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever read a book and cringed when something happens to embarass one of the characters? That is the way I felt throughout this book. There wasn't any real chemistry between Anne and Connor and Anne was at times incredibly weak and pathetic in her attempts to get Connor to reestablish a relationship. Connor clearly did not deserve her and Anne was not as strong as the author tried to make us believe. Anne and Connor hardly spent enough time together to learn about how each other had changed and even then, they clearly weren't ready for any kind of committment. There were also several characters the book could have done without and at least 3 subplots that just sort of died without being resolved.
I was not impressed by If the Slipper Fits. I sincerely don't think the slipper fit at all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars charming second chance at love 8 May 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Years ago, reticent commoner Anne Sayer and wealthy heir Connor Emory fell in love on Candlewick Island, Maine. However, with no reason as far as Connor can tell, Annie abruptly terminates their relationship. A hurt Connor flees the island never to return until the recent death of his father left him in charge of the vast family business holdings including the Sea Bluff Inn on Candlewick.
Anne surprises Connor, as she seems mature and confident in her abilities to perform as an event coordinator unlike the shy person he knew and loved. He also is disgusted with himself because though he does not rust her he still desires her with all his heart. Still he refuses to make any overtures as he will not allow his heart to be battered, but Anne is no longer the timid person who let her beloved get away. Somehow she knows this Cinderella must earn her Prince Charming's trust and eventually explain what happened to destroy their first relationship.
IF THE SLIPPER FITS is a charming second chance at love retelling of the Cinderella story. The lead characters are a delightful duo especially Connor who learns the truth about the undermining of his beloved. Though Anne's assured nature seems stretched following what she endured from so called loved ones; fans will enjoy Elaine Fox's modernization of Cinderella.
Harriet Klausner
1.0 out of 5 stars this one is just terrible 13 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is just plain BAD. First of all, the entire premise of the book is weak. Connor was dumped by Anne a decade before and had his heart broken. Anne is throwing herself at Connor and basically intent on "winning him back". However, the spineless woman is unwilling to actually tell him (or indicate in any way, for that matter) that she wants another chance with him at love. Instead, her approach is to basically just tease him into arousal and then expect this to make him fall back in love with here. She's like some strange combination of naive idiot and slut. Secondly, nothing seems to happen until the last 50 pages the book. Most of the book is just one scene after another of the almost exact same conversation between Anne and Connor being held over and over in different locations. The most grevious problem, however, is that the reader is left completely mystified as to Anne's reasons for dumping the poor boy in the first place, especially since it is implied over and over again that she didn't really want to in the first place. The purpose of this, I assume, was to create some type of suspense by leaving the question hanging. However, this completely backfired and the only result of the "drama" was to leave me entirely unsympathetic to Anne and allow me to give a silent cheer every time Connor rebuffs Anne's advances! By the time the "mystery" is finally explained (and any idiot could have guessed what happened by the time the authors deigns to inform us), it was way too late to get over my dislike of Anne. As for the actual content of the "mystery", I guess I can believe that 18-yr-old Anne may have actually been that naive and stupid. The real problem is that naive young Anne has supposedly matured into confident, self-assured Anne and she STILL isn't the one to tell Connor the truth. Connor's behavior is not completely flawless either, but the poor man deserved so much more in a woman than what he got. And, of course, somehow he ends up in the position of apologizing and groveling. Unless you're the type that actually LIKES the romances that are completely one-sided and where the woman can do no wrong and everything is always the man's fault, do not waste your time or your money on this book!
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