Review: The Cinderella Substitute by Nell Dixon

The Cinderella Substitute by Nell Dixon
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Publisher:  Astraea Press
Pages:  115
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



In the two years since the tragic car crash that killed his fiancée, Nathanial (Nate) Mayer has successfully avoided another relationship. His family and especially his twin sister Nathalie are worried. Jennifer (Jenni) Blake is Nate’s personal assistant. Hired after the accident, she has her own problems to deal with, including the deaths of her adoptive parents and the debts incurred by their nursing care. But those difficulties pale into insignificance when Jenni finally traces her birth mother.


Review:  At only 115 pages the story ended very abruptly with a few loose ends which may be resolved in another connected story. Even though the author doesn’t tell you it’s a connected story, I have read other books that have the Mayers family in it.  This is Nate’s and Jenni’s story and their attraction and their fighting of it always seems to take a giant step back after taking a baby step forward.  Their working relationship may have something to do with it since he’s her boss and she’s his personal assistant and she thinks she knows Nate’s feelings but she tends to misinterpret them.  Most of the story line is work related or about Jenni’s family – both her birth mother and adopted parents.  There is romance although it seems more like friendship and then ultimately love, but also heartache, tears, anxiety, anger and anxiousness as well as laughter and happiness too.  There is a happily ever after that came out of the blue and needed a few more chapters or an epilogue to give better closure and make it seem more realistic.

I have read several of Dixon’s books before and they have all been quick reads.  While I would hope for better closure and a little more length I will continue to read her books since her characters do seem real and she packs a lot into a few pages.

Favorite Quote:  How to completely humiliate yourself in one easy lesson.  It was just as well she’d never thought of Nate in a romantic light.  Well, except for one very nice dream she’d had the other night.