REVIEW: The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
Dear Mrs Strohmeyer,
I loved The Cinderella Pact and was delighted when Jane mailed a review copy of your new hardback, The Sleeping Beauty Proposal. I found it enjoyable and funny but not quite as good as the first book.
At 36, Genie Michaels is beginning to feel that she has hit the snooze button on her life one too many times. When her “commitment-phobic” boyfriend Hugh proposes on national TV–not to Genie, but to an unknown mystery woman–Genie’s wise-cracking friend Patty doesn’t hesitate to give her some tough love: “You remind me of that idiot Sleeping Beauty, lying around like a zombie waiting for your prince. Well, guess what, he rode right past your castle and now you have a choice –you can either go back to bed or you can wake up!”
Genie chooses to wake up. After some questionable advice, her first step is to allow everyone to believe she’s Hugh’s real fiance. She’ll let him be the one to explain the mistake. Naturally the good news travels fast and, in a heartbeat, Genie’s parents are booking a reception hall while friends are showering her with gifts. Genie feels bad about the deception, but at last everyone is dancing to her tune, and she can’t help but enjoy it. Particularly when a certain too-handsome-for-his-own-good Greek carpenter shows up on the scene thinking he’s hotter than Tabasco.
Genie realizes that she never needed a man to start her life — to buy a home, to get a better job, or even to wear a diamond ring. And if Prince Charming wants to show up while she’s at it, she just might teach him a thing or two.
At first glance the plot seems a bit ridiculous: 36 year old woman fakes engagement to long term boyfriend to prove a point and snag some loot. But underneath that is a story about a woman who’s been on cruise control for a lot of her adult life who finally decides to take charge, be her own woman, oh and snag some goodies. Why should we singles and non-parents have to miss out on all the gift showers? We need just as much help getting our kitchens set up, our beds spread and our lives in order. I love your idea of a “welcome to the world” party for new graduates. I do agree with unfairness of Genie’s parents spending so much on her married younger sister’s house and to finance her older brother’s business but not spending any on her. After worrying about how much money her parents might be spending on the bogus wedding, I thought you took care of the problem very neatly.
I have to say that I wish Nick had just been a carpenter. What’s wrong with that? Why does he have to turn out to be what he turns out to be? Give me a man who can fix a busted water pipe and do home repairs over some snot in a business suit. Hugh is sort of a two dimensional cipher. I did love seeing Genie at her admissions counseling job but after reading all the latest reports on how hard it is to get into a top college (or just about any college for that matter) these days, I’d hate to have it.
I think readers who liked “Cinderella” will enjoy this one. It’s funny but not as quite as funny as “The Cinderella Pact.” I’m glad to see that once again the heroine learns to love herself for who she is before she finds her Prince Charming. B
This book can be purchased in hardcover. No ebook format.