Friday, April 13, 2012

Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison

2 Star

Tiffany Vanderslice Dreyer never dreamed that she’d find herself up to her eyeballs in credit card debt from one mad moment of a shopping spree. She’s an upstanding wife and mother with the perfect marriage… right? Abbey Walsh never intended anyone to find out about the fact that she’s being blackmailed. As a minister’s wife, her sordid past was supposed to be a secret. Loreen Murphy hadn’t meant to hire a male prostitute in Las Vegas. It was all just a big, stupid, expensive misunderstanding.
Secrets of a Shoe Addict is the story of three women who bond together when they find themselves in more than one kind of trouble. It’s the story of how sometimes, you hide a secret side that can get you in—and out of—dire straits. It’s about romance, friendship, kids, revenge, affairs, and most of all a love of all the well-heeled things in life.

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Kathryn - 2 Star

I was disappointed by Secrets of a Shoe Addict- initially it was because the characters’ introductions were confusing and I didn’t get a good feel for any of them and subsequently because I thought that the premise for the story was a good one and that there could have been more made of it.  The women were eventually given definition but there was certainly something lacking in their relationships with each other for most of the novel.

I was confused because you would think from the title that Secrets of a Shoe Addict would involve more than a little bit of silliness and probably quite a lot about shoes. Although I can confirm that there is certainly something about shoes and that there are actually a few out-loud giggles to come from the “shoe addict” and her online dating tales- there isn’t as much frivolity as one would guess from the title and synopsis of the book.

However I did warm to most of the ladies involved and I can see that Harbison had thoughtfully grown their relationships throughout the novel and in the end I enjoyed it for what it was- but I still think that there is more of a story there than the reader was given and it was wrapped up in too much of a hurry.

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