I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for The Second Chance Shoe Shop. On my stop today I share my thoughts on the novel and I also have a fabulous quick Q&A with the author.
‘The Second Chance Shoe Shop is that rarest of treats, a story filled with warm and wonderful characters who feel like your best friends from the first page.’ Tilly Tennant
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 …
A delightfully romantic tale of love, friendship and putting your best foot forward, for fans of Carole Matthews and Amanda Prowse.
Yet again Marcie Steele has written a wonderful story with characters who grab you by the heart and touches your soul.
The Second Chance Shoe Shop very much represented to me the corporate world of retail and the importance of figures and sales and sadly the lack of importance of the staff that usually hold it all together and give their everything into it.
Riley is a character that is easy to relate to, she’s a hard worker that goes above and beyond what she really needs to do in her job yet her ideas to try and get the shoe shop to take more money is very much squashed by owner Suzanne. I could easily understand the frustration that she and her fellow colleagues and friends were feeling.
The friendship between Riley and her work colleagues, Dan and Sadie, was lovely to read. The author correctly portrays how friendships that can start through the work place can very much carry onto outside of it. The three friends live through each others happinesses and sadnesses as if it was there own.
Each character is dealing with their own personal issues. I have to say I loved all three of the main characters and I was as interested in what was going on in their lives as much as their friends. I quite often found myself giving them words of advice in my head as they felt like my friends to.
The Second Chance Shoe Shop is a wonderful story of friendship, loss and love. It reminds us to always look to the future and never to give up on our hopes and dreams. It’s one of those stories that will have you feeling a mixture of emotions but most importantly it is heart warming and up lifting and a truly enjoyable read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Second Chance Shoe Shop is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.
The Second Chance Shoe Shop perfectly describes for me what being in retail is like. Have you ever worked in retail yourself?
I haven’t ever worked in a shop. I had a Saturday job in my teens working for British Homes Stores but it was in the staff canteen rather than on the shop floor. I also worked for the post office on the counter.
Why did you choose a shoe shop in particular for the story and do you have a bit of a shoe fetish?
I started writing the book about a group of women working in an office in a shoe factory threatened with closure. As I got more into the story, I thought it would be better in a shoe shop – I’m so pleased I did. It was much more fun.
I do have a shoe fetish – I used to run a blog called High Heels and Book Deals. One of the favourite posts on there was ‘A Chat With’ where authors would answer me a few questions and the last one was ‘what’s your poison, high heels or flats’ and authors would send in photos of their favourite shoes. I’m wondering now as I write this if this is where the original seed for this book came from…
What type of footwear would describe you best?
Elegant, sassy and sexy – ha, as if. Reliable, hardworking and sturdy would be more like it.
What’s the most you have ever paid for a pair of shoes?
I paid £140 for a pair of boots to wear when I went to any game fairs with my fella. I used to see all the women wearing them when I was in my trainers or boots, covered in mud, so I thought I’d treat myself. I’ve worn them once – I think…
Who was your personal favourite character from the book?
Riley was my favourite. I love how she grew throughout the book, and how much confidence she gained, no matter what the weeks threw at her. I like Ethan too ☺