Book Review: “Rise & Shine” by Sandra D. Bricker

November 5, 2014 at 11:04 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sandra D. Bricker in her new book, “Rise & Shine book coverRise & Shine” Book Two in the A Contemporary Fairy Tale series published by River North introduces us to Shannon Malone.

From the back cover:  Right in the middle of an ordinary life, God throws in a fairy tale.

Shannon Malone awakes ten years after a diving accident to find that nothing in her previous life is the same. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that her young groom, Edmund, recently lost his battle with cancer.

Shannon’s elderly aunts flit through her life trying to save her from Millicent, Edmund’s evil sister, as she tries to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway fortune. Shannon’s gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cellphones!

Can Shannon navigate to a happy ending even when her heart keeps asking, “Why, God?”

A 21st Century Sleeping Beauty.  Well, not quite.  All the ingredients seem to be there but they do not seem to come together the way a real fairy tale does.  But then again…  Sandra D. Bricker does a wonderful job of getting all the events of the fairy tale together, three aunts, a Prince Charming and an evil sister-in-law but that is where this fairy tale stops.  Shannon just woke up from a ten year coma to find the world she new has dramatically changed. She is an widowed heiress for one thing with an evil sister-in-law that wants to fight her on the family fortune. We move into our technological future slowly Shannon is thrown into it with great difficulty.  This is a wonderful, charming romance and it is going to make you laugh.  Ms. Bricker does an outstanding job of bringing her characters to life and you really want their romance to succeed. Maybe this does work as a fairy tale after all, you be the judge.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from River North for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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