Fiction Book Reviews

Book Review : The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

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I think it’s probably common knowledge that crime writer Mel Sherratt IS Marcie Steele (it even says it on the book cover …).

I’ve followed Mel’s writing journey for a while (probably since I started blogging in 2011) firstly as a romance writer and then on her successful journey as a crime writer.  It wasn’t easy for Mel (and I’m not saying it’s ‘easy’ now) sharing rejection after rejection and my heart went out to her.  So to say I’m overjoyed at her success today is an understatement!  Her dedication and stamina in keeping on going despite the rejections is inspiring and she totally deserves success.

Now the fangirling is out of the way … 🙂 I’m sharing my thoughts today on The Second Chance Shoe Shop (which is Mel’s idea of heaven BTW).

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 1463 KB

Print Length: 290 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786810042

Publisher: Bookouture (8 April 2016)


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.


Chandler’s is so much more than a shoe shop in town.  Manager 34 year old Riley with her bad luck in relationships, Dan on his hunt for his true partner and bereaved Sadie (with 6 year old daughter Esther), work together as a team not only as colleagues but outside of work confines too.  It was so easy to become a part of this friendship group and take on their emotions as my own.

Suzanne has inherited the shoe shop and in competition with the shopping mall, pits all three against each other to increase sales – the one with the least sales will lose their job.  She’s the character we all love to hate and causes much grief.  But perhaps we’re quick to judge without looking beneath the surface …

Riley invites the local paper to do a positive write up on Chandler’s and along with journalist Kim Nash, photographer Ethan comes along too. Ethan becomes pivotal in the story and not just because of his blossoming romance with Riley.  He provides plenty of conflict too.  I wanted to give him a shake to make him face up to reality.  I didn’t know if he was telling the truth or only saying what he thought people wanted to hear.

I loved, loved, loved the campaign (I don’t usually like comparing one story to another but if you liked Christmas on Primrose Hill you will love The Second Chance Shoe Shop).  It was exciting and riveting taking characters out of their comfort zones.  Highly entertaining! and bringing plenty of conflict with it too.

Themes of loss and second chances bring a lot of depth to the story.  Be warned, there are some heart wrenching scenes with Sadie and Esther.  Second chances aren’t just about saving the shoe shop or romance.  Second chances can also open the way to understanding and pointing in a new direction…

The Second Chance Shop Shop is all about community, friendships and love (in all its guises) with a perfectly crafted ending.

Recommended Read

Although I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I also bought a copy.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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