Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Second Chance Shoe Shop - Marcie Steele

The Second Chance Shoe Shop
by Marcie Steele

About the book...
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.

About the author...
Marcie Steele can be found hanging around any good coffee shop, drinking copious amounts of coffee and nibbling on double chocolate muffins. Whilst doing this she'll be discreetly people watching or not so discreetly enjoying good gossip with her friends

My thoughts...
#ShoeLove oh wow!  What is not to love about this book?  I was asked by Kim Nash, publicity manager for Bookouture Marcie's publisher if I would like to be part of the blog tour for this book and the answer was a very easy yes for several reasons.  Firstly, that cover it is simply to die for, secondly the subject matter - shoes, I love shoes and lastly but not least the author.  I have read and enjoyed books from both Marcie Steele and her other persona, crime writing as Mel Sherratt and have never failed to be impressed.  Each book just gets better and better.

The Second Chance Shoe Shop is, not unsurprisingly, set around a shoe shop but doesn't solely - no pun intended, revolve around shoes.  Along with the shoe shop, Chandlers it's staff, manager Riley and assistants Sadie and Dan are at a stage in their lives when they also need a little bit of a shake-up and some TLC. They are not just colleagues, but friends feeling each others hurt and pain as keenly as their own.

This is a book that sucked me in from the start.  A story full of highs and lows as the friends pull together to re-invent the shop in order to raise sales before it has to close its doors for the last time.  Pitted against each other they devise a plan to help each other, pulling together instead of apart. At the same time they each venture out of their comfort zones with new friendships and relationships.

I was totally absorbed in the book from the very first chapter and I cannot tell you how exciting it was to suddenly come across a friends name in print, OMG Kim Nash got her own cameo role in this book.  A part that made me smile and hit the text button before once again losing myself between the pages.  This is a truly beautiful story that has many highs and lows and my own spirits dipped and rose in tune with them.  I keenly felt the pain and at times torment of Riley as she battled with Suzanne, the hard nosed owner of The Second Chance Shoe Shop who appeared devoid of a heart or in fact any emotion.  Although, as in any good book of this genre; Marcie gets beneath her skin and later displays a softer side which wiped out all of my negative feelings in a heartbeat.

All in all this was an uplifting book that demonstrates the power of love and good friendships. I'm sure we've all had a time in our lives when everything has appeared hopeless but our friends have rallied and lifted us out of our funk, I know I have.  Riley has an incredible friendship circle that has her back 100%, I found the story to be totally engaging, even joining in with the #twittercampaign that wove its way from the pages into real life - such an original idea I #LovedIt  

Thank you so much Kim, Marcie and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this wonderful book - I'm still watching YouTube clips of Flash-mobs now, over a month after reading this beauty! If you want to know why just head to Amazon and get a copy for yourself only 99p.

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