Rise & Shine


Rise & Shine
Written by: Sandra D. Bricker
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Month, Year: May, 2014

A brief summary from Moody Publishers:
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 Beautystyle 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?

My Thoughts:
In a world of reality tv, cell phones and fast cars, Rise & Shine puts a modern twist on the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. This laugh out loud comedy will leave your sides hurting as Shannon navigates a world vastly different from the one she left a decade ago due to an unfortunate coma while on her honeymoon. With a doctor for a prince, three aunts as the fairies, and an evil sister-in-law as the horrible queen, Shannon has her work cut out for her as she recovers from her coma!!

Rise & Shine is truly a breath of fresh air among fairy tales and I was extremely delighted!! This is the first time I’ve been introduced to Sandra’s works, but it won’t be the last!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 


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