Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker ~ Review

Rise and Shine: A Contemporary Fairy Tale
My Review:

A delightfully modern re-telling of Sleeping Beauty.

Shannon Malone has been in a coma for ten years, cared for by her faithful husband and the attentive Doctor Daniel Petros. But when she wakes up after ten years in a coma, she finds that she had not only lost ten years of her life, but also her beloved husband who lost his battle with cancer two years before she woke up. Now it is up to Shannon to make her way in a world that has drastically changed, and find her way with the help of her Aunt Mary, friend Izzy, Doctor Petros, and a basset hound named Rodney.

This was a fun, fast-paced romantic comedy of a read, that put a smile on my face. Shannon is a delightful heroine who copes with everything around her remarkably well, yet she still has trouble adapting to a world that changed so much while she was asleep.

I think that my favorite character was Daniel Petros, but then again, who doesn't love a great Prince Charming? He was sensible and patient, and was always putting Shannon's needs first even if it meant doing something he didn't want to do, if he thought it was best.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read with a fun plot and great characters. I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for a fun uplifting read!

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rise and Shine
River North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."

Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rise and Shine, go HERE.

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