Avon, May 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
Years ago, reticent commoner Anne Sayer and wealthy heir Connor Emory fell in love on Candlewick Island, Maine. However, with no reason as far as Connor can tell, Annie abruptly terminates their relationship. A hurt Connor flees the island never to return until the recent death of his father left him in charge of the vast family business holdings including the Sea Bluff Inn on Candlewick.
Anne surprises Connor, as she seems mature and confident in her abilities to perform as an event coordinator unlike the shy person he knew and loved. He also is disgusted with himself because though he does not rust her he still desires her with all his heart. Still he refuses to make any overtures as he will not allow his heart to be battered, but Anne is no longer the timid person who let her beloved get away. Somehow she knows this Cinderella must earn her Prince Charming's trust and eventually explain what happened to destroy their first relationship.
IF THE SLIPPER FITS is a charming second chance at love retelling of the Cinderella story. The lead characters are a delightful duo especially Connor who learns the truth about the undermining of his beloved. Though Anne's assured nature seems stretched following what she endured from so called loved ones; fans will enjoy Elaine Fox's modernization of Cinderella.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner