Author: Holly McQueen
Provided Synopsis: In this delightful, clever spin on Cinderella, Charlie Glass- a heroine as loveable as Cannie Shapiro and Bridget Jones- inherits her father;s shoe empire and snatches up a drop-dead-gorgeous, multi-millionaire Prince Charming. But is he truly the key to her happily ever after?
When Charlie’s beloved father, iconic shoe designer Elroy Glass, dies after a long illness, everyone expects that he’ll leave his business to his glamorous wife and eldest daughters. After all, they’ve been running the company for years. But Elroy surprises everyone from beyond the grave: at the will reading, it’s announced that his fashion empire has been left to Charlie, his youngest-and plumpest-daughter.
Before she can run the company, Charlie decides she needs to make a few changes in her life. After several weeks at a California boot camp, she returns to London a new woman: thinner, blonder, and ready to revitalize the Elroy Glass brand. But as she’l soon discover, a good esthetician and a killer pair of stilettos can only go so far, and there’s more to reinvention- and running a fashion empire-than meets the eye.
Endlessly entertaining, surprising, and ultimately inspiring, Charlie Glass’s Slippers is a modern-day fairytale about finding your own magic and transforming yourself from within.
Review: Charlie is the third Glass sister, and when her father dies she is the one he bestows the majority shares of his company upon — to the shock of everyone. After all, Charlie is the youngest sister, and is not supposed to be the prettiest, and is certainly not the slimmest, either, as is pointed out at every possible moment by her step-mother. Rather than be intimidated by her new role, Charlie takes herself to America where she gets in shape and brainstorms an idea of where to take her father’s company. She devises a vintage line, named Glass Slippers, to remind the fashion world of her father’s design aesthetic and return the shoe line to its former glory.
This story, however, is not primarily about the shoe line but is about Charlie’s weight. When she returns from America everyone she previously knew is shocked by her appearance, along with the way she has now begun to obsess over her looks. The new-Charlie might have gotten a ridiculously handsome boyfriend, but is he really worth it when she has to stress herself out so much in the attempt to be perfect for him? The new-Charlie might look good according to society’s beauty standards, but does that mean she is actually happy? When the story attempted to uncover answers to those two questions it was good. My major complaint is that despite the long length of the story, it did not include what I believed was the point of it all. By this I mean that it was a disappointment to have Charlie’s realizations presented to the reader rather than see them take root within her and put to action over a course of time, or even in an epilogue.
In conclusion, I would deem this to be a predictable but rather enjoyable story. There were plenty of moments that caused me to laugh out loud, and there were also moments that made me smile (because of Ferdy!). The obsession with perfection and Charlie’s weight might be exasperating to some readers, yet I would advise to stick it out because in the end she does make progress.