Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

Title: The Sleeping Beauty Proposal
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Type: Chick Lit
Pages: 308
Published: 2007

Synopsis: Genie Michaels has a comfortable life. She is 36 years old has a good job as a college admissions officer, a decent apartment that she shares with her diabetic cat and has been dating her boyfriend, Hugh, for 4 years. When Hugh suddenly proposes marriage to the 'love of his life' while on a radio programme you'd think that Genie would be thrilled. Except that he didn't propose to Genie, but to another woman. All of Genie's family, friends and colleagues assume that Hugh proposed to Genie. Now that Hugh is going off to England for the summer how will Genie handle telling everyone the truth?!?

Genie's best friend Patty has an idea. Why not let everyone keep thinking that she's getting married to Hugh? In the meantime, she can rake in the shower gifts and enjoy being engaged for awhile at least.

Up until now, Genie's life has been on hold. As Patty say's it's like Genie's been sleeping through her whole life waiting for her prince to come save her. Genie doesn't need saving anymore. Suddenly she's doing the things that she should have done years ago. She gets out of her cramped basement apartment and buys a house, gets a better job and even gets herself a pretty diamond engagement ring (it's cubic zirconia, but still!). She learns that she never needed her Prince Charming to come to her rescue ... but what happens when her Prince does show up and tells everyone the truth?

My Thoughts: After reading "The Cinderella Pact" from Strohmeyer (and really enjoying it) I was excited to read this book. "The Sleeping Beauty Proposal" was a good read ... but not great. While I liked the message the book gave (that women don't need to be married or with a man to have a fulfilling and enjoyable life) the storyline itself fell flat. It was predictable (like most Chick Lit) but it still lacked some oomph.

Maybe it was because there were a lot of different characters and it felt like you never really got to know most of them well enough. I would have liked to see more from Patty, Genie's brother Todd, her ex-boyfriend Steve or even her quirky family.

If you're looking for an easy read, this book is good but if you want a really good book from Strohmeyer you have to read "The Cinderella Pact".

My Rating: 3/5

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