All Riley Flynn wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.
A year ago, Sadie Stewart’s whole world was shattered when her husband, Ross, died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.
Sadie and Riley work at Chandlers shoe shop, in the charming town of Hedworth. But when Chandlers is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network – the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.
As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might just be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just round the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …
I really enjoyed the last book by Marcie Steele (aka Mel Sherratt) and was looking forward to reading her next offering. When I saw this I loved the cover but did worry a little about the title as I’m not a shoe girl, and didn’t want a shoes and shopping story. For anyone thinking the same, don’t worry, it doesn’t fall into the Chick Lit cliches, it has a much wider and deeper remit. Yes, it features shoes, but in a way that even I can live with.
It’s the story of Riley and her colleagues Sadie and Dan, who all work together at Chandlers Shoe shop, the worry is, for how much longer. The owner, who is more interested in profit, rather than how to successfully market and stock the shop to achieve it, is threatening to close the shop if things don’t improve. As she refuses to listen to the experienced voice of Riley as shop manager, Riley takes matters into her own hands to put Chandlers on the map.
However, it’s not just a story about the shop and it’s success or failure, it’s about the lives and loves (or not) of the main characters. They are all like-able and because of that, you are easily drawn into their friendships and problems and wanting things to work out for the best in – all areas of their lives. I learnt far more than I ever thought I would about social media as a positive marketing tool #musttryharder! and conversely it was also a timely reminder about the dangerous and insidious way that social media can be used to bully and manipulate. Of course, the book also has a romantic thread to add to the chemistry.
If you like contemporary fiction which has fun and romance as well as a realistic dash of real life, then this book is for you. If you like shoes even better, but if you don’t it doesn’t matter, the story will engage you anyway.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.