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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
A Singles Cinderella Story (Or How to Find Love Without Losing Yourself) by Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson is an unabashed chick-lit frolic full of romance, love, and the endless search for it. El (short for Cinderella) Casey is a twenty-something, modern career woman who has just ended a long-term relationship and is now looking around at her two best friends, Teresa and Leticia, who it seems have found that perfect partner. Even her “player” younger brother Jack seems to have found love. When El questions what is wrong with her and why she can’t find long-term love herself, with the help of an old friend and life-coach, she begins a journey of self-discovery, as she sets about to create her own Master of Relationships program. Her journey suddenly finds three possible candidates for the role of “partner”, thrown into the mix and El has to come to terms with who she is, what she wants from life and love and, of course, she has to decide if any of these three men are indeed possible candidates for her love and commitment.
A Singles Cinderella Story is fun, frothy, and everything you’d expect from a chick-lit romance but it is much more than that. Authors Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson have used their work to present some real-time theories, books, and systems designed for people trying to discover themselves and their purpose in life. I really love it when fiction authors use their tales to impart useful and potentially life-changing information and advice as part of their narrative. These two authors have done a superb job of this. Yes, I am probably as far as it is possible to get from this book's target audience but that didn’t stop me enjoying this fun, fast-paced, romantic adventure. The relationships between the three girls were definitely the highlight of the story for me. All three characters were beautifully overdrawn; the girl in love (Teresa), the “player” who gets captured (Leticia) and, of course, El, the one searching for love and enlightenment. The male leads were all well captured also, although drawn to extremes perhaps to contrast them from each other. I do sometimes wonder when reading chick-lit why there are no pot-bellied, belching, lazy, sports-obsessed men in them but then, I guess that is just the nature of chick-lit. I really enjoyed this story and the useful relationship advice it imparted. I can highly recommend this read for anyone, not just fans of chick-lit.