Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

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 know we should never judge a book by its cover but when I saw the cover for The Second Chance Shoe Shop I just didn’t hesitate in downloading it and getting started straight away as this was a new storyline for me set in a shoe shop.

Riley is the manager at Chandler’s shoe shop and she is very passionate about her job. Working with great friends Dan and Sadie, their friendship circle is strong and supportive both inside and outside of work. Chandler’s isn’t making the money it used to and Riley is frustrated when owner Suzanne pushes them to try harder with the shop but refuses to listen to her ideas for turning the shop around.

This was an enjoyable light read that I read in one sitting. I really enjoy books that have a storyline set around a business so this book really appealed to me. The storyline was current with the use of social media and hash tags as well as flash mobs all featuring as marketing ploys which all brought a modern and realistic feel to the storyline.

The storyline covers a number of relationship problems and also shows the trouble that social media can cause highlighting the effect it can have on personal lives as well as your professional life too. But what the author has done incredibly well is to form such a strong bond between Riley, Dan and Sadie.

The author takes you through every emotion in this book from frustration, heartbreak, excitement and humour too especially watching poor Dan and his dating dilemmas. I really enjoyed this book it did lose its pace a little in the last third of the book but it wasn’t long before it picked up again. This book was the perfect light read for me to read on my hospital treatment day, nothing too challenging but a book that had me speeding through the pages.

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