If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy is a fun twist on the Cinderella story. The main character is enjoyable, and her willingness to take risks is admirable. The reality TV show setting is also a perfect backdrop for a retelling.

If the Shoe Fits by Julie MurphyTitle: If the Shoe Fits
Series: Meant to Be #1
Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Hyperion Avenue
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America's favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn't expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn't fit, maybe it's time to design your own.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Cindy is the type of character that is easy to relate to. She is kind, energetic, and while she hasn’t lined up her dream job yet, is very ambitious. Her step-family is also a lovely and welcoming aspect to the story, which is a nice change from the classic tale. It is quite enjoyable to read about this loving, boisterous family that has each other’s backs.

❀ Confident Main Character

The story mostly takes place on the set of a dating reality show and I loved how Cindy is able to dive headfirst into the challenge. She is such a confident character and even though she originally went on the show to gain some attention for her fashion skills, she is also a fierce competitor.

❀ Quick and Lighthearted

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy is one to try if you enjoy contemporary retellings. It is a quick and lighthearted read that is perfect for those last days of summer. I am looking forward to the next instalment in this series.

About Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy

Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie's debut novel.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

27 thoughts on “If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

  1. Soozle says:

    Very interesting story premise! I like that the author is introducing more body positivity – its actually not something we come across a lot in books, I find!

  2. Eva Millien says:

    Sounds like a wonderful fairy tale re-telling for me and for sharing it and your review and have a happy & successful New Year!

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