About the Book:
Esme Nash is eager to leave her small town and begin her carefully planned post-grad life: a move to New York City, an apartment with her loving college boyfriend, and a fancy job at an art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, instead of heading to Manhattan, she returns home to care for her ailing father, leaving every bit of her dream behind.
Seven trying years later, Esme is offered a dog-sitting job in Greenwich Village by a mysterious stranger, giving her access to all of her long-buried hopes and dreams–as well as to an epic collection of designer shoes. Esme jumps at a second chance to step into the future she’s sure was meant to be hers.
As she retraces her steps, one pair of borrowed shoes at a time, making new friends and reconnecting with her old love, Esme tries on versions of herself she didn’t know existed. But the hazy August days and warm summer nights pass too quickly, and Esme must decide how much of the life she imagined still fits, and what–and who–is on the road ahead of her.
Her life took a left turn after college, but seven years later, she is back in NYC and has a month to take back the life she wanted. She is Esme Nash, and author Jane Rosen has written her story in a very charming way. Even if you’re like me and expensive designer shoes are not your jam, you can still appreciate that chapters are titled after shoes as you delve deeper into the story.
A dog named Elvis and a dog-sitting gig brings Esme back to New York. It’s not the life she imagined for herself, but it is an easy get away for a month. The phrase “clothes make the man” must apply to Esme and shoes. Donning the shoes left in Elvis’ owner’s apartment, Esme begins her journey to take back her life very stylishly.
The city exploration, light romance and Esme blossoming are great, but my favorite part of A Shoe Story was Esme’s friendship with Sy, a retired fish monger, as well as the subplot of the elderly gentleman’s love story. Their friendship adds significantly to the storyline.
A Shoe Story is a lovely story about friendship, regret, and second chances. I enjoyed Esme’s objectivity and openness through her journey to self-discovery and as she discovers the next path in her life.
About the Author: Jane L. Rosen is an author and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. Her first novel Nine Women, One Dress was translated into ten languages. Her second novel Eliza Starts a Rumor won the Zibby Award for Best Sophomore Novel.
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