Sunday, March 23, 2014

Somebody Else's Shoes by Tiffany Wright

2 Star

Frumpy, insecure, London real life journalist Mia is unfulfilled with her life. Her job interviewing the weird and wonderful people of the world is thankless, she doesn't have a love life and her family are on the brink of driving her to the edge. If she were a pair of shoes she would be ballet pumps – reliable, comfortable and just a little bit dull.

Gorgeous Natasha Logue is a celebrity fashion stylist with everything she could possibly want at her feet. Her days are spent smooching around with celebs, wearing outrageously expensive clothes and dating London’s sexiest men. She is the epitome of a Louboutin – sleek, stylish and the envy of every other woman out there.

But one day Mia and Natasha’s worlds collide in a way neither could imagine possible and suddenly the shoes are on the other foot. But will a new chance of life be the opportunity both women need to change? Or is the grass always greener? We discover what it’s really like walking in somebody else’s shoes.

Kathryn  -  2 Star

I’ve been reading a lot of lighter novels lately and I’ve really been enjoying getting into the relationships, the mishaps and happy endings involved in some of these “beach” read type books.  Unfortunately I found Sombody Else's Shoes to be a bit lacking in something - I’m not entirely sure what it was.

The real Mia isn’t in the novel for very long before she’s placed in another person’s body and life. If we’d had more time to get to know Mia before she became this new person we might have grown more attached to her and with the exception of her best friend there wasn’t anyone rooting for her. I really felt sorry for her more than anything else.  Her search for her exes, to see if they were the one who got away, was a bit half-hearted and felt like a bit of an after-thought, as something that was added later to tie the novel together.  Mia’s new life is extraordinary and nothing like her old one- she got so excited about it that she almost instantly became someone more interested in herself than anything or anyone else. Natasha’s fashion clients were more real than Mia/Natasha and yet Natasha’s job was supposed to be reflection of Hollywood’s expectations- I felt that Natasha was putting the expectations on her clients more than any outside force.  It just seemed backwards to me.

I would have liked there to be more exploration with the exes and less Mia becoming the ultimately lonely, Natasha.  There were many good storylines throughout Wright's novel but they ultimately didn’t meld into something I found entertaining.

Thank you to Tiffany Wright for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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