Shannon Malone thought she’d found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and 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 cell phones!
As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart’s dog, not hers.
Shannon’s three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund’s sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel’s kiss awaken her once and for all?
Sandra D Bricker continues her series of contemporary fairy tales with Rise and Shine. But don’t worry: you don’t need to have read the first book, If the Shoe Fits, as each title stands alone. I first came across Bricker with the Emma Rae series and fell in love with her writing. It’s bright, it’s breezy, and it’s a fun read.
The main thing to remember with Rise and Shine is that it is a modern day fairy tale. Some things sound rather fantastic, such as Shannon’s quick recovery once she wakes up. She’s alert, she’s talking, and she’s on her feet in no time. She doesn’t have parents but she does have three aunts, one of which is determined to play matchmaker between Shannon and Daniel. It’s also very convenient that Daniel became good friends with Edmund before his death, to the extent that he knows exactly what Shannon needs to resume her life. He’s there as Shannon gets used to e-readers, smartphones, and reality TV.
It’s not all fun and games and Words with Friends though. Shannon must get used to life without Edmund. In her mind, she had been married for mere days and looking forward to a future with her husband. He’s now gone. Her best friend has married. Shannon feels lost and alone. She’s woken in the future, but this isn’t science fiction and she can’t return to the past she knows.
I enjoyed Rise and Shine right up until the end, which I felt was abrupt and not very satisfying. There wasn’t any sense of closure. We have a major event and then The End. If I’d been reading this on an e-reader I might have wondered if I was missing some of the download. We get the fairy tale ending, but there are still difficulties to overcome. There was no guarantee of the happily ever after, even if Sleeping Beauty was woken by her prince. I wanted something more substantial. Or maybe I’m just not cut out for fairy tales.
Thank you to River North for my complimentary copy of Rise and Shine, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: River North (a division of Moody Publishers)
Publication Date: 01 May 2014
Page Count: 288