A Singles Cinderella Story

Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself

Fiction - Chick Lit
258 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2020
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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.

Jack Magnus

A Singles Cinderella Story: Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself is a contemporary chick lit novel written by Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson. Teresa’s excitement over her recent engagement to Jordan spilled over as she showed off her engagement ring, an heirloom piece passed down from Jordan’s great-grandmother, to her two best friends. El was beyond thrilled over her friend’s happiness and excitement over her future, but she couldn’t help but wonder where her forever relationship was. She was still smarting over her breakup with Derek after having invested four years with him. His arrogance in thinking she should give up her own career and life and follow him to Asia, where he would be working, still rankled. It felt like she had never really mattered in the grand scheme of things, and she never wanted to feel like that again. No, life with Mr. Fluffy, her rather imperious cat, was preferable to playing second fiddle to someone like Derek, but was a ‘Derek’ the only option?

A Singles Cinderella Story follows three best friends as they navigate their way through relationships. El’s friends Teresa and Leticia seem to have things pretty much squared away as they count the days until Teresa’s wedding. El, however, isn’t sure what she wants or if she even wants another relationship. Watching as she suddenly ends up with not one, but three potential suitors is fun and eye-opening. Who will she pick? Why? I enjoyed seeing how El challenges herself to complete a Masters in Relationships under the guidance of her mentor and loved seeing how her studies help her understand not only her own tendencies in relationship politics but those of prospective partners and even the dreaded Derek. She ends up with a much better idea of what she wants from a relationship, while also understanding more clearly how important it is for prospective partners to be authentic and honest with each other. A Singles Cinderella Story is well-written and lively, and the plot is designed to keep readers on their toes. Browne and Ferguson’s characters are credible and well-defined. Readers will also no doubt be as impressed as I was with the reading list the authors share at the end of the book. A Singles Cinderella Story: Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself is most highly recommended.

Maria Victoria Beltran

A Singles Cinderella Story Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself by Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson is a sequel to A Salary Cinderella Story (Or How to Make More Money Without a Fairy Godmother) by the same authors. The story unravels six months later when Teresa announces her engagement to Jordan to her best friends, El Casey and Leticia. This prompts El, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend Derek, to study love, sex, and how to find a successful relationship, which she calls the Master's Degree in Relationships. We learn with her as she pores over relevant literature, and gets really involved with online and in-person romantic adventures. The result is also a guideline that can help us get our own personalized Master's Degree in Relationships.

A Singles Cinderella Story by Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson is a subtly humorous story about love, more specifically, on how to get a Master's Degree in Relationships, a hypothetical master's degree on the study of, well, relationships. Over lots of drinks and laughter, El discusses with her friends, and sometimes with her cat Mr. Fluffy, her research on the science of searching for love, trying to hold on to it, or simply missing it, while helping Teresa prepare for her wedding. Millions of single women all over the world can surely empathize with El, the loveless Cinderella in this story, and her predicament. The book's cover certainly sets the mood for this reading experience but the question is, will this modern Cinderella finally meet her Prince Charming? Find out and enjoy the delicate prose and super realistic dialogue of authors Laura C. Browne andJillL. Ferguson.

K.C. Finn

A Singles Cinderella Story (Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself) is a work of fiction in the chick lit, romance, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and it was penned by author duo Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson. Designed with a modern and empowering outlook, the book is recommended for adult readers due to the presence of explicit sexual situations and some use of language. Our central protagonist is El Casey, who returns along with Letitia and Teresa for the second adventure in this charming Cinderella series. This time, their central focus is to achieve the most intricate knowledge that they can in the world of relationships, dating, love, and sex.

Author duo Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson have crafted a sharp yet charming modern chick lit read which redefines the genre in a much more empowering way. One of the things which I really enjoyed about this as a work of fiction is the interactive quality of El’s desire to explore relationships, which also asks us to question our own sense of self and the idea of how we behave as part of a couple. This advice-giving and self-help narrative blends with the fictional storyline extremely well to deliver both entertainment and information in a highly accessible style. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue of the female characters, which was often filled with inquisitive wisdom and inspirational messages. Overall, I’d definitely recommend A Singles Cinderella Story (Or How To Find Love Without Losing Yourself) to chick lit fans looking for a sharp and updated work to enjoy.

Marta Tandori

It’s been six months since Cinderella “El’s” breakup with Derek. Her best friend’s announcement of her engagement has El genuinely happy for her friend yet, at the same time, she can’t help wondering where her own special someone – never mind an engagement ring – is. Nursing an ugly hangover after an evening of drowning her sorrows in Absolut Citron while looking at old photos of her and Derek, El discovers she’d drunkenly purchased an online course on How to Be a Man Magnet. Somewhere between her humiliation and embarrassment, El realizes that she wants more than to just start dating again. She actually wants to understand relationships and how to have a meaningful and satisfying partnership with a guy by getting her Master’s Degree in Relationships. The only problem is, she just needs to figure out how to do it…

For a generous wineglass of solid – and smart – entertainment and enlightenment, look no further than A Singles Cinderella Story (Or How to Find Love Without Losing Yourself), written by Laura C. Browne and Jill L. Ferguson. A Singles Cinderella Story is well-written and entirely timely in today’s dating world, where young women with successful careers often struggle through unhappy relationships in their quest to find Mr. Right. Like its predecessor, A Salary Cinderella Story (or How to Make More Money Without a Fairy Godmother), the authors provide plenty of insights with liberal doses of humor. El and her two besties are women who are likable and relatable – and not above a little jealousy – all of which make for an entertaining read. Whether you’re single and searching or settled and content, Browne and Ferguson deliver a great story in A Singles Cinderella Story (Or How to Find Love Without Losing Yourself).