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Cinderella's Wedding Wish
 Cinderella's Wedding Wish by Jessica Hart
by Jessica Hart

Whimsical and Dynamic Modern Fairy Tale Romance

Miranda Fairchild is trying to pick up the pieces of her life again.  While working as a temp for the Knighton Agency and a waitress, she hopes to save up enough money to start a new life away from the hubbub of the city.  When her new boss, Rafe Knighton, takes over the company, she hears the rumors about his playboy lifestyle.  From what she can see of him at a distance, the rumors all seem to be true, until she sees him up close that is and then she knows the rumors are true!  During a simple task, the photocopier breaks and she lets loose all her inhibitions on the tempermental machine.  The one thing she doesn't realize is that her new boss is right there to witness it all!  From the first moments of close contact, the chemistry between Rafe and Miranda is undeniable.  Miranda's spunk and humor draw Rafe to her, giving him exactly what he needs.  Rafe has just become the new head of his family's business and tensions are high as he tries to prove himself.  Miranda finds herself irritated with the way he does business, a way she finds too lax and unprofessional and he wants to see more of her unihibited self.  Will she be able to see the innovative prowess behind his methods?  Will he be bring the same determination and planning he has in business to his romantic pursuit of Miranda?

Miranda has never seen herself as beautiful.  She dresses in professional neat and trim clothers, the kind of clothes that let a woman fade into the background.  Through an unexpected series of encounters, Rafe sees the other side of Miranda.  Can he bring her out of her shell?  As the two work on a project to elevate his standing in the community, Miranda feels all the more skeptical about his playboy reputation, but how can she resist his charm?  Will a romance beteen them finally set both Miranda and Rafe free from their past to finally reach for their dreams?

Jessica Hart has a knack for creating wonderful dynamic and humorous initial encounters between her characters.  In CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH, Miranda's battle with the photocopier inspires laughter, now just a smile but a laugh aloud enjoyment as Rafe catches her in an unrestrained moment.  She might be a plain Jane but there is no mistaking her spunk and the electric chemistry even the smallest gesture provokes in Rafe.   Through the use of dialogue, Jessica Hart develops the closeness between Rafe and Miranda.  The reader feels the love between them growing beyond the physical attaction that draws them together.  In
CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH, Jessica Hart fans will find all the ingredients characteristic of her romance, the ingredients that make her books so special ---  humor, dynamic energy, and romance with a special twist.

CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH has a wonderful fairy tale atmosphere with an added element of spunk and modern humor, a fairy tale complete with a modern business Prince Charming and even a ball.  To the classic Cinderella tale, Jessica Hart adds a several innovative changes in the details.  Neither Miranda not Rafe wait while others plan for them.  Instead, each has a hand in creating their happy ending.  The delight in CINDERELLA'S WEDDING is as much recognizing the subtle yet ever so effective way Jessica Hart changes the outline of the classic fairy tale as it is recognizing the classic elements in common with the Cinderella story.  In addition, CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH goes beyond the fairy tale into a wonderful look into appearances and how it is easy to label people. CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH is a romance of a man and woman seeing beyond the labels family and society tend to use into a view of each other that takes into account the uniqueness  that makes human beings and romance so interesting. 

CINDERELLA'S WEDDING WISH is a wonderful romance to read at any time, but if you need a romance to pick up your spirits or distract you, this romance is the perfect choice.  Read it now --- and keep it in reserve for rereading for all those moments in life where a good dose of humor and romance are needed!

Publisher: Harlequin Romance (March 2009)
Series: In Her Shoes
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