The Cinderella Pact is a about magazine editor Nola Devlin she has tried to get a column at the Magazine Sass she works at a few times when they turn her down she believes it is because of her being overweight. She makes up Belinda Apple and turns in her resume with the new made up picture of her that no one will recognize. She gets the column and also gets to edit the column in return. When she and her two best friends Nancy and Deb go to their normal caf‚ to eat, they find out it is under new management and that new management won't let them sit at their normal table next to the window. They say it is reserved, and much to their dismay the Manager states that there are other restaurants around like Hoagie Haven. To them this sounds like the manager is hinting that they are too heavy for his restaurant.
Nancy being the go-getter lawyer she is lets them know she has written to Belinda Apple and received a reply, one about weight loss. So she brings up the three of them losing weight again, the girls balk a bit, but she presses them a bit. So the three of them make the Cinderella Pact right then and there, the pact consists of loosing weight in six months. Nola realizes that she must not let on to them that she is Belinda or that will crush them in losing weight.
As the weight comes off things start to happen that Nola doesn't expect. Her car that she has had for years blows up, her sister gets engaged to a guy that Nola can't stand but instead of asking Nola to be the Maid of Honor, she asks Belinda. She keeps running into this mysterious good looking "Chip" who she finds out is not the Chip from Tech Ass. downstairs, but he does work for the magazine but in what dept. she does not know. Chip seems to genuinely like her for her but just when she seems to be figuring that out he disappears again. As her Magazine looks into the true identity of Belinda Apple and, her managing editor Lori is breathing down her neck about it she has to make sure that Lori doesn't figure it out or it will be curtains for Belinda Apple and Nola.
The Cinderella Pact is a new fairytale for the new woman. Sarah Strohmeyer takes what we all think and feel and puts it into one nice neat little package and titles it The Cinderella Pact. This is what every woman that doesn't have teeny tiny figure thinks when she is snubbed by a woman or person that does. Sarah does a wonderful job of conveying the characters thoughts and feelings about being overweight. It was a wonderful book that I would definitely read again and again.
In this funny and big-hearted story by the author of The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, three best friends make a pact to transform themselves into the glamorous women they've always wanted to be.
Nola Devlin has a secret identity. By day she is an overweight, frumpy, and overlooked editor at Sass! (the "celebrity magazine with an edge!"), but by night she slips behind her keyboard and into her alter-ego: Belinda Apple. Belinda is thin, gorgeous, British and the author of a trendy advice column- she is, in effect, the latest Carrie Bradshaw. Not even Nola's two best friends or her self-absorbed sister (who worships Belinda as the "sister she never had") know her secret.
When "Belinda" jots off a column about how easy it is to lose weight, Nola is shocked when her best friends take her own lies to heart and urge her to follow Belinda's weight loss program. Since Nola can't reveal herself as the real Belinda Apple, she bites the bullet and joins her friends in making the "Cinderella Pact"- a last ditch attempt to lose weight (again!) and transform their lives for good.
But as the pounds come off, things don't turn out the way the three friends expect. Their journey of self-discovery leads to the return of an old love and the unmasking of new problems. Meanwhile, Nola finds herself torn between two different men as she stomps out fires caused by her deception as Belinda Apple and falls in love with the man who just might be her prince - or the rat in coachman's clothing.