If the Shoe Fits

Disney-Hyperion. (Meant to Be, Bk. 1). Aug. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781368050388. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781368053372. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Recent design-school grad Cindy Woods flies home to act as a nanny for her three younger half-siblings, at least until she figures out how to land a job in shoe design. When Cindy gets a chance to compete on Before Midnight (the reality dating show produced by her stepmother), she can’t turn down the opportunity to get her shoe designs on TV. As far as competing for the hand of bachelor Henry, she expects to last only a few episodes. She doesn’t expect that Henry will turn out to be the same cutie she just saw on the plane. She also doesn’t expect to like him so much. At some point, the relationship born of this totally fake reality show starts to feel real, but a happily-ever-after finale episode might not be in the cards. Murphy’s (Dumplin’) adult debut is a binge-worthy modern take on Cinderella. Readers will love Cindy and Henry’s back-and-forth banter; when the duo find ruses to sneak away for some time alone with each other, hearts will melt.
VERDICT Murphy’s signature wit and style shine through, and libraries will do well to purchase this fantastic contemporary romance.
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