THE CINDERELLA PACT by Sarah Strohmeyer
July 8, 2006
Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars
THE CINDERELLA PACT by Sarah Strohmeyer is about an overweight woman, Nola Devlin, who is a frustrated editor at "Sass!" Magazine. Somehow she manages to create an alter ego, Belinda Apple, and after "interviewing" for the magazine through Nola, she manages to get Belinda a regular column in the magazine. Nola has always wanted to write, and knew this may be her only way to see her dreams come true, sort of.
In the meantime, Nola is leading a double life. Belinda supposedly lives in London, and is also supposedly having an affair with their "other" British employee, Nigel. Yet, no one has met Belinda, and at the same time she's so popular that Nigel tries to meet Belinda through Nola, hoping to make that so-called affair that is making the tabloids, real.
The Cinderella Pact refers to Nola and her two best friends, Deb and Nancy, who all vow to lose weight. After seeing Belinda Apple's column on weight loss, which Nola made up off the top of her head, Deb and Nancy are convinced this will work for them. So, now the three are trying to lose weight.
Between Nola's family politics (they all think Nola is jealous of sister Eileen who is about to become engaged) and Chip, a guy at work that seems to really like Nola, her life is pretty busy and somewhat stressful. And of course handling Belinda is not a piece of cake either, as she tries to continue this charade and keep everyone convinced that Belinda is a real person.
I highly recommend THE CINDERELLA PACT for those who love funny light reads such as Bridget Jones Diary. Sarah Strohmeyer is also the author of the Bubbles Yablonsky series, which sort of remind me of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. All these books have one thing in common - they contain women who are over the top that will keep you in stitches.