The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele.
Published by: Bookouture on 8th April 2016.
Available to buy on Amazon in Kindle format.
‘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…..’
Before I begin, who here likes shoes? Okay, not just likes, LOVES shoes? You? Good, because if you didn’t, I would be wondering why you were reading a book about a shoe shop, which, believe it or not, has shoes in it! Funny that! Now I LOVE shoes, the higher the better, ones with prints, loud colours, you know, the ones you probably shouldn’t walk in but you do because everyone says that you can’t…sorry….shouldn’t.
It really is ‘the life of Riley’, well, and friends. Poor Riley has gotten herself into a bit of a pickle in her personal life, and unfortunately, her work life looks like it’s going to have several issues as well. Her colleagues Dan and Sadie, are extremely optimistic that everything will be fine and that the big boss lady, Suzanne, isn’t about to make life a lot tougher for all of them. Or is she?
Sadie lost her husband and she is left to raise their daughter by herself. Ross’s one year anniversary of his death is nearing and she finds herself reaching for more support, online. But does that make it harder for her to let go? Or will it be the comfort she needs, especially as she finds herself feeling lonely, despite her friends support?
Riley and her colleagues find themselves in a position that can be seen as ‘make or break’, but luckily for Riley, a handsome chap re-lights her fire. Little does she know that he has a few skeletons in his own closet and they’re about to put the fire out. Unfortunately, in more ways than one. Could Riley get her fight back? Will Riley be strutting her stuff in her amazing shoes, just like before? Time to give ‘The Second Chance Shoe Shop’ a first chance and find out.
Oh my goodness me! Yes, I will admit I chose this book because it is about shoes, and I don’t know if I have told you yet (ahem), but I adore shoes. Straight away I was hooked on Riley’s life and drama, wondering if she would ever find true happiness. The entire storyline, thankfully, isn’t that straightforward and will have you hooked all the way through. Her friends find themselves having their own problems and having to stand on their own two feet for once. I love how modern the storyline is, including social media and how much power that can have over people. For example, the negativity that can appear and how much people can actually believe words on a screen if they’re against somebody. Marcie Steele has written the story in such a way, it can show you how to deal with any negativity that you might have faced on social media, well, and what not to do!
The Second Chance Shoe Shop is such a warm story that I felt like I was just sitting having coffee with friends. There was always something happening. Not only did it make me laugh, but it did make me cry. The emotion that can be felt throughout the whole story is incredible, and probably to many, many people, the circumstances are extremely realistic. I unfortunately have been on the receiving end of cyber bullies, it is a horrible feeling, so it is very refreshing to see it being covered in a light-hearted but important manner. I am very grateful to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the chance to read this book before publication, it really is a truly wonderful read. A work of art from a truly lovely author. Marcie Steele (Mel Sherratt), it has been an absolutely pleasure and I cannot wait to see what else you have in store. #shoelove #shoelove #shoelove!!