The first in Julie Murphy's upcoming adult romance series, If the Shoe Fits is a delightful mash up of Cinderella (with a nice step-family!) and The Bachelor that had me smiling from beginning to end. When recent Parsons grad Cindy returns home to Los Angeles to regroup and figure out what's next, she finds herself a last minute contestant on her Before Midnight, a reality show juggernaut founded by her step-mother where women compete for the love of a single suitor. Without any other real commitments, Cindy figures at the very least it will give her shoe designs some exposure she could potentially translate into a future job. But when the suitor turns out to be Prince Charming and Cindy's style and charm turn her into a national phenomenon things start to get complicated. If the Shoe Fits is a perfect pick-me-up for anyone looking to indulge in love, for both one's self and one's family, and all that comes with it.
"If the Shoe Fits encompasses everything I love about rom-coms. I laughed, I swooned, I smiled. Another hit for Julie Murphy!" —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hopeless
If the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.
Cindy loves shoes. A well-placed bow or a chic stacked heel is her form of self-expression. As a fashion-obsessed plus-size woman, she can never find designer clothes that work on her body, but a special pair of shoes always fits just right.
With a shiny new design degree but no job in sight, Cindy moves back in with her stepmother, Erica Tremaine, the executive producer of the world’s biggest dating reality show. When a contestant on Before Midnight bows out at the last minute, Cindy is thrust into the spotlight. Showcasing her killer shoe collection on network TV seems like a great way to jump-start her career. And, while she’s at it, why not go on a few lavish dates with an eligible suitor?
But being the first and only fat contestant on Before Midnight turns her into a viral sensation—and a body-positivity icon—overnight. Even harder to believe? She can actually see herself falling for this Prince Charming. To make it to the end, despite the fans, the haters, and a house full of fellow contestants she’s not sure she can trust, Cindy will have to take a leap of faith and hope her heels— and her heart—don’t break in the process.
Best-selling author Julie Murphy’s reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is an enchanting story of self-love and believing in the happy ending each and every one of us deserves.
About the Author
Julie Murphy is the New York Times best-selling author of several books, including Dumplin’, now a Netflix original movie starring Jennifer Aniston. She lives in North Texas with her husband, dog, and cats. Visit www.imjuliemurphy.com.
"If the Shoe Fits is so much more than a modern retelling of a classic tale. It’s a swoon-worthy slow burn romance that’s filled with heart and humor."—Farrah Rochon, USA Today best-selling author of The Boyfriend Project
"If The Shoe Fits encompasses everything I love about rom-coms. I laughed, I swooned, I smiled. Another hit for Julie Murphy!"—Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hopeless
“Forget the animated Cinderella! If the Shoe Fits brings a fresh, charming, and deeply empowering perspective to the classic fairy tale.”—Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals