The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

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9780525950189: The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

A wickedly funny fairy tale for modern women from Sarah Strohmeyer,the "laugh- out-loud funny" (Washington Post Book World) author of The Cinderella Pact and The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives.

"Opening a book by Sarah Strohmeyer is like opening a box of chocolates – sweet, nutty, and absolutely irresistible." —Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

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 fiancée. 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.

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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning author of The Cinderella Pact, Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, and the popular "Bubbles" mystery series. She has worked as a journalist for many publications, including The Boston Globe and The Plain Dealer.

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In Strohmeyer's latest novel, following The Cinderella Pact (2006), college admissions counselor Genie Michaels has to face the world after her author boyfriend, Hugh, proposes on national television to someone else. Horrified, Genie realizes she has spent most of her life "sleeping," or waiting for something to happen to her. Spurred by her best friend, her first action after she awakens is to allow friends and family to believe she is the mystery woman Hugh asked to marry him. Her trickery prompts an irate phone call from the alleged fiance himself. During the deception, Genie enjoys being the center of attention, although she grows increasingly nervous as her mother and sister make plans for the wedding. She also meets a chiseled Greek carpenter, Nick, further complicating her situation. Gradually, Genie begins to realize that she can take charge of her life on her own terms. With or without Hugh, Genie soon seems well on her way to having it all in this humorous tale of romance, heartbreak, and healing. Katherine Boyle
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