Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Cinderella Project

Stan Crowe

"Doctoral work was not supposed to involve this kind of eyestrain, was it?"

Nick Cairn is determined to figure out what makes love and relationships work.  His doctoral research is dedicated to studying it.  His parents, despite a fairy-tale-like beginning, had a relationship that was on the rocks more than it was off.  Now an engaged man, Nick is faced with budding issues of his own.  He doesn't want to face the same problems in his marriage.  Overwhelmed with the work ahead of him, he reluctantly takes on a research assistant - Moire DeLanthe.  Though efficient and helpful, Moire turns out to be more of a distraction than he thought.  Can Nick find a way to make his own Happily-Ever-After come true?

My Opinion: Although romance and relationships are an integral part of this story, this book focused much more on what it means and takes to be in love and keep it alive.  Nick is obsessed with trying to answer this question and is focusing his entire doctoral thesis on it, not that he has any ideas or we get a sense of what he's trying to prove, simply that he is researching the various possibilities.  His drive comes from his past as well as his current situation.  Namely being engaged to a wenchy-girl that made me want to scream at him to run for his life.  Moira is a rather ambiguous character who, though sweet and kind and fun, is in a tricky situation.  Half the time I feel like I'm being guilted into cheering for Nick and Ella and the other half I'm cheering for Nick and Moira.  Which is good, because that's how Nick is feeling, but it made it hard to think of this as a normal romance book.  Well written and emotionally charged, this was definitely an interesting read.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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