A modern Cinderella finds herself the heir to a fortune, two nasty stepsiblings and a struggling writer from Queens for a Prince Charming.
Charleston native Savannah Morgan is stuck: At 24, she has a degree in literature but a thankless job as a library assistant. She had a great guy but let him loose when he wanted to start a family. She has a stack of rejection letters for her short stories and a load of worries about her BFF Tina’s penchant for loose men and drunken nights. But then a New York lawyer calls to inform Savannah that she is the late Edward Stone’s daughter and heir to much of his media empire. Her mother has some explaining to do: The story had been that Savannah was the product of a wild youth, but now it seems Savannah is the result of a heartbreaking romance, and all those gifts from a distant aunt over the years were from Edward. Although Edward has two other children, Ned and Caroline, he’s left the bulk of his fortune to Savannah, with the stipulation that she stay in New York and work for Stone News. Her stepsiblings are furious, but Ned’s wife, Kitty (her hip fairy godmother), makes Savannah an editorial assistant at Femme magazine. Savannah is given a driver, a stunning apartment and a beginning allowance of $10,000 a week. What could intrude on this fairy-tale concoction? Lots. Will her fairy godmother pull through?
Rosenthal tackles some contemporary issues in the midst of an agreeable fantasy.