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Saturday, August 26, 2023

Book: Someone Else's Shoes

 Book: Someone Else's Shoes

Author: Jojo Moyes

Pages: 448

This is my 73rd read for the year

This is the story of two women.  Nisha Cantor who has lived a life or wealth and privledge the last two decades, and Sam Kemp whose life is falling apart.  When Sam accidentally takes Nisha's bag from the gym, she sees that there is a very expensive pair of shoes that she somehow has to get back to their owner.  Her friends encourage her to try them on and go out on the town for the evening to life Sam's spirits.  Feeling more confident than she has in a long time, she puts off returning the clothes and shoes that were in that bag because she has other things that she needs to deal with.

Meanwhile Nisha has been completely cut off from her husband and served divorce papers.  She is blindsided by the sudden turn of events in her life - and as she is left with nothing for the first time in a long time, she has to try and figure out how to support herself, how to get what she feels like she is owed, and also get her bag back.  When the two women finally meet, and their lives interwine, they both realize what they had been missing all along.

This was an okay book.  I am a Moyes fan and read most of her books, but this one wasn't among my favorites.  First - I hated all the main characters.  The women were awful/wishy washy, and the men were equally as terrible.  The only good characters were the best friends of each of the women.  The story dragged some - it could have been a lot shorter.  I found myself wanting to skip ahead with a lot of wordy chapters that I felt could have been eliminated.  I will say that the ending was satisfactory.  You knew pretty soon what was going on with the shoes and where the plot was going, but I like a good epilogue all the same.

Stars: 3

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