Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker (Contemporary Fairytales; 2)

The Synopsis:

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

I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.


This book is a part of Sandra Bricker’s Contemporary Fairytales collection, however they do not have to be read together or in order, none of the characters are the same.

Rise and Shine is a contemporary retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and an amazing one at that!

I loved the main characters, Shannon and Daniel, and the story was very well written. Shannon’s personality makes the terrible trauma that she went through easy to read without getting depressed, of course we still care for her. There are a few emotional scenes, but for the most part, you are laughing.

I loved how Daniel was such an amazing Christian. He thanked God for everything that happened, prayed before every decision, and even prayed with Shannon a few times. Though he wasn’t perfect, he was still a great Christian roll-model.

If you liked If the Shoe Fits, Sandra’s contemporary retelling of Cinderella, or just funny books in general, I can almost promise that you will love this book!

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