Review: If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Release date: August 3, 2021

Publisher: Hyperion Avenue

Genre: Contemporary Romance


After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.


I’m obsessed with this one, it was SO freaking cute. I usually don’t gravitate towards retellings but this Cinderella remake was amazing. Cindy stole my heart from the first chapter, she’s so very lovable and endearing and I was rooting for her so hard. When she started on the Bachelor style reality show she is a little over her head and I thought the author did a great job at exploring the behind the scenes aspects of reality TV in a modern and fresh way. Having a plus sized main character was awesome and the author didn’t shy away from tackling issues surrounding this head on. There’s a heavy focus on grief here as well and while it was sad, it wasn’t too heavy or depressing in the slightest. Instead it was a hopeful and sparkling story of love and loss with lots of sweet romance, body positivity and insight into fashion and TV. I cannot wait to read more from this author!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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