Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sandra Bricker's Rise and Shine ~ Reviewed

Rise and Shine: A Contemporary Fairy Tale [Paperback]
By Sandra D. Bricker (Author)
Pages 256
Binding Softcover
Release Date May 1, 2014
Edition New
ISBN 0802406300


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 has hit a home run in Rise and Shine! She portrays Shannon so well as a coma patient, who wakes up after 10 years. Bricker has turned a fairy tale into the believable. I completely suspended any disbelief and have loved every minute. I was totally invested in the characters. A delightful story written by the Queen of Romantic Comedy! Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. Rise and Shine is a 5-star read and going on my Top Ten for 2014 list.

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan

Bonus Review:

Rise and Shine is a charming beach read. A modern day fairy tale is interspersed into each section of the story as the story of Shannon unfolds. And what a story it is. Shannon's story starts with a honeymoon and ends over ten years later when she awakens from a coma. 

As heavy as the subject matter could be, Bricker deftly adds plenty of humor. Shannon is a fan of the Dick Van Dyke show and the characters factor into the story several times. A furry four-legged friend and a wicked witch of the hill add more sweet and spice. 

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer


Nadege Thomas said...

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Kelly Klepfer said...

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