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Head Over Heels (A chick lit novel about love, friendship...and shoes) [Kindle Edition]

Sara Downing
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirty-something teacher and professional shopper, Grace, has a passion for shoes. In fact they were responsible for her meeting her partner, Mark, when she speared his foot with one of her dangerously sharp heels whilst running for a train.

Mark is the other passion in her life, or so she thinks... When he suggests they try for a baby - but is reluctant to tie the knot on their very long-term engagement - the cracks in her champagne lifestyle start to appear. As Mark becomes ever more controlling, Grace begins to see her blond and sexy boss, Tom, in a different light. A conventionally one-man woman who doesn't 'do' affairs, she suddenly finds herself in the midst of the sort of tangled lifestyle she has only read about in the celeb pages. Throw in the added complications of an untimely pregnancy, a case of mistaken identity and some pretty zany friends and Grace's life is thrown into turmoil. Retail therapy and even the comfort of her vast shoe collection can't help her out of this dilemma...

Also by Sara Downing, 'Urban Venus' and 'Stage Fright'.

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  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
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  • Language: English
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Over Heels March 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Head Over Heels was a great read. It is the story of Grace, a woman who, as the story begins, appeared to have a perfect life. The story is written in first person voice and Grace tells us her story with wit, intelligence and emotion. I liked Grace and her friends Alex and Evie. They all had distinct voices and felt like women that would be fun to know. This book had me from the first page. The story moves along at a brisk pace and, for an American, it had a different feel to it because it is written by an English writer and takes place there. Also, when they vacation, they go to places like Positano in Italy - which frankly sounded GREAT to me (Minnesotan after a long winter)! I found Grace's life and her life predicaments to be very believable and I admired how she struggled to work things out and remain true to herself and her values.

I really feel I should give a 'heads up' to readers who are completely turned off by infidelity in a book. While there is no marital infidelity in this story, there is both emotional and physical infidelity within a relationship of long standing. That being said, the circumstances worked for me and I did not find myself condemning any of the characters.
In summary, well done Ms. Downing. I shall be watching for your next book. To all you readers, go ahead, this is an excellent read for an excellent price - happy reading.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get far. May 5, 2011
By Tori
Format:Kindle Edition
I've learned, as an avid reader, to give up and move on if need be. There are so many books out there that will capture my attention and my funds are limited, so. Is it unfair? Maybe. But it's reality I think for not just myself but lots of other readers.

The price of Head Over Heals was a little on the higher end for me for an indie author, what with all the bargain books avail, but I loved this cover and the book's description so I downloaded the sample. I stopped at the end of the first chapter.

The problem was all the needless and predictable telling, all the inner monologue. The main character is in labor. So she goes on and on about the pain, men being responsible for it, but hey, she does take several lines to admire the nurse's shoes. (It was so out of place, and don't nurses in the UK wear rubber-soled practical shoes as they're required to in the States?) Of course once the twins are born, all is forgotten.

I could have stayed with it if something new was offered in this chapter instead of the obvious "it hurts" and "men are beasts for bringing this upon us" stuff, and perhaps it hadn't gone on as long as it did. (But it didn't and did.) But then I got through all that only to find we were then being asked to go back in time to where the story actually started. Argh.

At that point I moved on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't like the characters November 7, 2012
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The plot idea was interesting, with a different kind of twist that was not expected after reading the first chapter where Grace was in labor. I just could not find the characters likeable enough to root for.

***sort of spoilers***

Grace spent 8 loving years with a man who gave her everything, then in the space of an evening he turns borderline abusive and she begins to fall in love with a man who flirts with her at a dinner party for 8? Grace came across as pretty immature--8 years and no discussion of whether they want children?--and spoiled. There was much more of Mark and he came across as much more likeable, IMO, than the boss who flirts, texts, and seduces her. There isn't as much development of Tom's character and so to see her thinking of chucking the nice guy who seemed to give her everything for him made her seem pretty shallow. From him she demanded a wedding after 8 years of commitment but was willing to sell herself for much less to Tom. After 8 years had Mark really changed that much? I was confused.

The 2 main supporting characters were pretty generic "oh so well off mommy types" who didn't add much. The elderly next door neighbor had a much more interesting tale to tell but wasn't really developed--I would have enjoyed more of her and less of Grace. The whole "misunderstanding" over the blonde was pretty shallow. Maybe if Mark had been made more of a villain (an affair of his own? secret wife preventing marriage to Grace?) and Tom had been better developed beyond the seducing boss type I would have had more empathy for Grace, but the way it was written just left her unlikeable, again just my opinion.

This wasn't badly written (your basic comma errors that were easy to overlook) just not that engaging.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful January 27, 2013
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I wish there were an option to give zero stars. This book was so painful that I stopped trying to force myself to read it. Thankfully I got it for free or I would have returned it. Don't waste your time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicklit with Class January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I truly enjoyed Head Over Heels' take on the very real dilemma of attraction to someone other than your spouse. My only gripe is the heroine's non-reaction to her girlfriend, Alex's intrusion into her marriage and failure to send the whining spouse to his wife with his complaints. No one I know would have taken that sitting down.
Otherwise, it was a light, easy read and was well-written. I wish the author would consider serializing it to tell the best friends' stories!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Begins with what appears to be the end
Story begins with what appears to me to be the end of the story. Then you go right into backstory set in the previous year. I'm reading on a kindle... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Diane Dishman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Read by my daughter
Published 1 month ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This was a great meeting. Very funny true to life and enjoyable. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in an easy read.
Published 4 months ago by Y. S. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its
Mildly predictable, but interesting characters, good dialogue and well edited (except for the misuse of the word "bare" say you "cannot BEAR something, not bare it."
Published 5 months ago by Bobbyesox
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
It was an okay read. The story line was a bit slow and a little redundant. I did finish the book, only because I was hoping it would pick up and to see if they finally got what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars same old story, just with shoes
Grace is in love with one man, who turns out not to be Mr. Right, meets another who might be Mr. Right and buys some shoes
Published 8 months ago by Pam M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun!
This book made me laugh and I really liked it. The friendships felt real and genuine without a forced pretense to just get a character in the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I liked the whole writing, emotions, confusion and then finally happy ever after. Though few pieces not very clear like why suddenly a decades relationship can get so stale. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AmritaRai
3.0 out of 5 stars Head Over heels is nice
It's kind of funny how love goes just when you think you have it all, it's not want you really want after all.
Published 12 months ago by Patricia Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A lovely story. It took a while to get used to the English, but lately story. It was hard to put down. Will be looking for more books by this author.
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Newman
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More About the Author

Sara Downing lives in Worcestershire with her husband and three children. She gave up an exciting career in accountancy to be a full-time mother until the children were all at school, then she set about achieving her life-long ambition of writing a novel. The prospect of life as a writer was certainly more appealing than the thought of having to go back into 'real' employment, and she hasn't looked back.

Sara is the author of three novels, 'Head Over Heels', 'Urban Venus' and 'Stage Fright'. She is currently working on a sequel to 'Head Over Heels', due to be released in 2015.

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