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If the Shoe Fits

(Once Upon a Romance #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,944 ratings  ·  325 reviews
What happens when a modern day Cinderella's dreams don't involve getting married?

Romance? Love? In this Once Upon A Romance Series Book 1 romantic comedy, Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn't have time for either one. All she wants is her late father's dream to come true by making his beloved King's Department Store thrive again. However, her stepmother has other ideas. Charli
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Laurie LeClair (first published January 1st 2013)
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Diane I agree with ColourlessBooks. It wasn't graphic at all. Hinted heavily towards attraction, but any actual deeds were not discussed at all.…moreI agree with ColourlessBooks. It wasn't graphic at all. Hinted heavily towards attraction, but any actual deeds were not discussed at all.(less)

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Alexandra Florence
This short story was okay, however the entire book felt rushed, emphasised by the plot line that developed extremely quickly. The links to Cinderella were obvious and more importantly were relevant and did not confuse the plot line. In the novel Alex has to marry quickly, his instant proposal is therefore understandable, however Charlotte's reasoning for accepting so soon after meeting is unclear. It is therefore in the details that you can find faults, the lack of detail emphasises the rushed q ...more
Trish Lleone
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm too old for stories like this, or maybe it's really just not my cup of tea because I could not finish the whole book and have lost interest in getting myself to the last page. I have been trying to finish this for the last two weeks and usually I could finish one whole novella in a single night.
LeClair could use some cliffhangers to make readers want to eagerly turn to the next page and apply a bit more diversity in her characters. Charlie is all too nice, all too charming, all too sm
Raewyn Muscat
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Geez, I feel like the Captain of the fun Police...I really wanted to like this book but it just annoyed me so much. I'd love a dollar for every time the author wrote "she felt I tightening in her middle" or he did. Just so predictable. It's a great "I don't have to think too much book". But that's about it. I really struggled to finish it. ...more
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This story started slow and too cliché for my tastes; I thought I would likely not finish it. Luckily, this take on the Cinderella story got better.

Both characters are driven by needs related to their families: Charlie wants to save her dead father’s department store, and Alex needs a wife and heir for his grandparents. The fact that they marry for convenience but then actually do come to love each other is sigh worthy… and in this modern tale, there are some sex scenes (fairly tame by today’s s
Hikari Saaya
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect myself to like this book this much. I began expecting it to be more of a quick, pleasant read. it turned out to be very interesting in a quiet, adorable, and sweet sort of way. I love all the references to charming and don't mind the cliches which surprises me. the story felt fresh and the heroine felt real. I have to repeat that I loved ALL the subtle and not so subtle references to Cinderella throughout the book *chuckle* ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves romance books
Shelves: 2014-books, ebook
loved this book - It's one of those perfect stories... it had a bit of cinderella but in the modern world
if you love a good romance book this is a book to read :)
Jun 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am all for a bit of fluff reading, and free chick lit I try not to judge too harshly. But this.
First of all the writing is VERY heavy handed, things happen because the author wants them to, nothing in here feels organic. She had a plot outline and followed it ruthlessly dragging us along for the train wreck.
Second, the dialogue is atrocious. More of the heavy handed-ness here. The help was supposed to be English at first but then changed her mind and went Irish for a blink and then southern
Nazia Shafik
Jul 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Literary  Chanteuse
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: rom-contemporary
3.5 stars
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

Interesting little twist on the Cinderella and Prince Charming storyline. I expected it to be more of the how they met rather than how they keep their relationship. Sweet romance story.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun but I didn’t love it.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a modern retelling of the story of Cinderella.

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Connie N.
#1 in the Once Upon a Romance series

Loosely based on the Cinderella story, this is a light and pleasant read. The main characters are warm and friendly, and their insta-love is sweet. Of course, there's a mean stepmother who is holding the purse strings from Charlie, keeping her father's legacy (King's Department Store) down despite Charlie's constant efforts to revamp it. And Alex Royale is the tall, dark and handsome "prince" who is being courted for one of Charlie's stepsisters, although he f
2.5 stars. Not terrible, but just not a lot of depth to the characters. The end just wrapped up way too neatly without the characters actually discussing anything. It bugs me when authors totally overlook any need to actually RESOLVE problems in a relationship and this is definitely one that does that. If you need a quick freebie to fit a challenge (like I did!), then go for it, otherwise, there are better books out there.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome modern Cinderella Story. Totally loved it and can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: oh-yay, popsicle-read
Pink, oh the pink! This was incredibly cheesy, but cheesy is much needed every once in a while. It was entertaining... interesting...
L Files
Jan 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Couldn’t finish

I have a bunch of issues with this book, though I understand some are personal and stylistic choices. However, I have finished plenty of books I did not enjoy, but couldn’t get past chapter 5 here.
There’s an abundance of telling and not showing, and then the actions and behaviors contradict openly what we’ve been told. For example, rather than evil or cruel, the stepmother and stepsisters jus t seem a bit rude, (and so is the main character herself, who ignores someone they know
Alexandria Woods
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it


I loved this story! Fell into it from the beginning and never came back up. It was so sweet, a spin on a Cinderella telling. Charlotte King, Charlie for short has two step sisters who aren't bratty and a step mother who isn't wicked either but some of her actions brush up against that line. Alexander is Prince Charming in the story, his family is rich and he meets Charlie when he attends a family dinner at the King household at the request of his grandparents in order to l
Glenda Parker
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My review is on the Romantic Comedy, If the Shoe Fits. This is the first book in the Once Upon a Romance Series. It's a delightful, modern day Cinderella story. It's well written, humorous, and delightful. I know you are going to love it. I look forward to reading the two stories of her step sisters.

Charlotte King is a graphic designer in her deceased father's department store, Kings. Her step mother refuses to work with her and update the store. She is called to a family dinner where her mother
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like cute romantic stories, you'll like Laurie LeClair's book, If the Shoe Fits. It's the first book in the Once Upon a Romance series. Similar to Cinderella, Charlotte (Charlie) King has an unpleasant step-mother and 2 step-sisters, Francine and Priscilla. All she wants is to keep her late father's store--King's Department Store, in business. She thinks updating and renovating are the keys to success. Meanwhile, she is using her marketing talents and people skills to promote her stepsist ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If The Shoe Fits: Once upon A Romance Series, Book1 is by Laurie Leclaire. This is a cute retelling of Cinderella and it is rather funny and light. It is the story of the families of the King and Royales and the large King department store with the purse strings taken over by the wicked stepmother.
Charlotte King wanted only one thing- to be given full reign overking Department Store. It is her ‘father’s legacy and she wants to move the store forward and she wants full control. Unfortunately, he
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I only got this book because fairytales are my subject and because it was on free give-away. Having had a look inside, however, I decided that it wasn’t really for me and kept it in the non-downloaded section of my laptop Kindle reader. When the reader inexplicably dumped everything except this and another ebook which really wasn’t me the other day, and I needed something to read while on my stepping machine, I was compelled to read this as the lesser of two evils.

And it’s actually not bad. ‘Cin
Terri Zumbrook
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An effervescent romance

Starting out as a quest for an arranged marriage, IF THE SHOE FITS manages to very cleverly stay true to much of the Cinderella fairy tale while putting more emphasis on the leadership and resourcefulness of young businesswomen.

The relationship between Charlie and Alex relies on him being smitten with her intelligence as well as vivacity. Charlie lights up his life previously devoted to his grandparents to the point that seeking the arranged marriage was to please them.

I l
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of reimagined/retold/modernized fairy tales, which means I've read a lot of good ones and a lot of bad ones.

"If the Shoe Fits" was okay, I guess, but it was nothing to get excited about. The point of a good retelling, in my view, is to bring something fresh to something familiar, to reinvigorate and bring new life to something precious; however, I didn't find anything here except worn-out tropes and tired references. It wasn't bad, exactly, simply boring.

If you're looking for a q
Mary Lou Lombardo
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Cinderella story ....Charlotte (Charlie), and Alex .....a marriage in matters to save a Department Store( Kings) that turns out to be a marriage of deep ❤️ love.....throw in the conniving stepmother of Charlie King who makes a deal with the very wealthy Alex Royale to be rid of her stepdaughter and Kings Dept. store along with her. But Charlie & Alex fall deeply in love and the story goes on from there. Loved this story simply because it was just that...SIMPLE....A beautiful Love story with si ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A King & A Royale what a match

Charlotte King is late getting to get step mom's house to help set her sister up to meet Mr. Prince Charming, better known as Alex Royale. She is trying to save her father's store. But Alex fall for Charlie & not her step sisters. They are not bad girls. She just wants to save the store. Her step mom sets it up for to marry Alex. A lot happens after that. A true Cinderella story.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Charlie and Alex. They fit together so well with their banter and sense of humor. They were both about family and loyalty with both of them wanted to fulfill a promise to their family. I adored Dolly. She was multi talented, funny and always had Charlie's back. Edward was also wonderful as Alex's close friend. The story has an evil stepmother but the stepsisters were redeemable. Having the "Charmings" as an ad campaign was brilliant and the ending was priceless. ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Kathy Zuercher Diveley
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Charlie and Alex

Charlie is the art director at King's Department Store. Her Father owned and founded the store many years ago. Her stepmother runs the store, but won't make improvements. Alex Royal needs a bride, and when he meets the stepsisters and Charlie, she shines into his heart. Her stepmother negotiates that in order to get Charlie, Alex has to buy King's. A fun romantic story !!!
Kym Hamer
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Let me say up front that I love a trashy read and If the Shoe Fits is definitely trashy. But it was just way too cheesy and neatly tied up for me to really enjoy it. I didn't believe the characters and I didn't think that it was particularly well-written either. It is a pretty easy read and probably good pool-side fodder though, just not my cup of tea. ...more
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