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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312348266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312348267
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Harbison's witty, fast-paced follow-up to last year's Shoe Addicts Anonymous chronicles the foibles of four women brought together by—in this case—not shoes but debt. During a fateful trip to Las Vegas as chaperones of a school band trip, Loreen Murphy accidentally hires a male prostitute on the PTA credit card; pastor's-wife-with-a-past Abbey Walsh gets blackmailed by an ex-con ex-boyfriend; and usually restrained PTA president Tiffany Dreyer purchases thousands of dollars worth of clothes that she can't return. Enter the zaftig Sandra Vanderslice, who, before she started her shoe-importing business, made a living as a phone sex operator. She suggests her sister, Tiffany, hop on that gravy train to pay down her credit card bills. Loreen and Abbey join up, and soon the ladies are raking in dough and trying to hide their new source of income from husbands, kids and their snoopy nemesis, the cartoonishly judgmental Deb Leventer, who wants to take over the PTA. Harbison's writing is zingy and funny, and her light touch allows her to get away with the ridiculous situations in this nutty beach read. (June)
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"Harbison's witty, fast-paced follow-up to last year's Shoe Addicts Anonymous ... Harbison's writing is zingy and funny."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Secrets of a Shoe Addict has it all - friendship, romance, affairs, revenge - and as you read you will be cheering these women on."
--BookLoons

More About the Author

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous", "Hope in a Jar", and more. Her latest book is "Always Something There to Remind Me", a poignant look at first love and the eternal question "what if...?" She currently splits her time between Washington, DC and New York City.

Customer Reviews

Read this book for the fun of it.
Suzanne Briggs
What I want is to have a good time reading about somethin that will hopefully never really happen to me.
Books R I
I didn't like everything tied together nice and neat at the end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beth E. Settje VINE VOICE on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is not a straight sequel in that only one of the characters from the first book is in it for any significant portion. As I read Shoe Addicts Anonymous quite a while ago, and all the characters didn't stick in my mind, the direction if this book was not a problem. The characters don't revolve around shoes at all, except to discuss how one's shoes can help a woman feel good about herself! Seriously the story gets into more depth about mistakes women may make, choices they live with, and the decisions they face as a result. Though some of the scenarios were not typical (sleeping with a male prostitute, blackmail due to a sordid past, becoming a phone sex operator, outlandishly weird dates), all in all, readers will be able to identify with the feelings the characters expressed. From low self confidence to fear of failure or rejection to achievement at doing something well, we all have been there at one time or another.

This book is an easy read and can stand on its own or read as a sequel. It is an enjoyable way to spend some time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Books R I on July 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book doesn't have quite as much to do with shoes as the last one, but that's clear from the description and the back of the book so I was okay with that. How many books can you have about the same characters doing the same thing?

That said, I am glad my favorite character from the first book, Sandra, makes a return to this book. Her misadventures in dating were hilarious and all too familiar. It was also fun to see her relationship with her sister deepen and heal.

Mostly I liked the screwball comedy of this book. If I wanted to be depressed, I'd look for Oprah's recs. What I want is to have a good time reading about somethin that will hopefully never really happen to me. Somehow the author pulled it off and made the characters seem real even when they were in larger than life situations. For me that makes a great weekend or beach read. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Vermette on August 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first book and really enjoying it, I ran out to get the second one.
This one is no where near as entertaining as the first one. The characters in both books have flaws, but the ones in this book are not really that likeable. This story was slow and unlike the first one I had no problem putting it down.
In the first book the plight of the main characters were more believable to me, (stuggling with finances, bad marriages, bad work environment etc.) but in this book the character's problems started with really unrelatable situations. ("accidentally" hiring a male prostitute, "accidentally" gambling away 5000$, "accidentally" spending 5000$ in a store) I can relate to the problems the woman had in the first book, but the woman in this book did things that were so out there it couldn't relate.
That said it was entertaining enough that I gave it 3 stars. It's worth reading if you've got nothing else to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas. That is what three housewives learn the hard way. Abbey Walsh has the perfect life married to a wonderful clergyman. But during a PTA trip to Las Vegas, she is reacquainted with someone she has tried to forget about for years. Now this man is blackmailing her. If her husband learns the truth about her past, she is ruined, and her husband, too, will be ruined. All she has to do is pay Damon $10,000 for a stolen necklace she kept after he was imprisoned. But how will she get that kind of money? Loreen Murphy is in a similar conundrum. After spending a night of passion with an attractive man, she later discovers that he is a male prostitute. He wants his money -- now. So she pays him $1,000. Depressed, she loses an additional $4,000 at the casinos. If this weren't bad enough, she mistakenly uses the PTA credit card. Now she has to pay $5,000 before the PTA find out. What will this about-to-become a divorcee do? Tiffany Vanderslice has been married since she was very young. Her husband is a total jerk, and becoming a mother to two beautiful children hasn't helped improve things. Charlie is almost meticulous about the spending, and when Tiffany indulges in a silly shopping spree, she later discovers that her over the top purchases are nonrefundable. Now she is stuck with a $5,000 dollar credit card bill. How will she cover such a big expense without employment? These three friends have one big thing in common now, and only one person could save them. In comes Sandra Vanderslice, Tiffany's younger sister, and shoe addict who is making it big with her own shoe business. She shares a big secret to these women, the perfect way to make fast, easy money -- becoming phone sex operators.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felicia M. Baxter on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I remember the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" but it also applies to Beth Harbison book Secrets of a shoe addict. I have to tell you I am usually disappointed with sequels but not in this case. We follow 3 new characters and a character from "shoe addicts Anonymous", Sandra, as they navigate their world in high heeled stiletto pumps although now well fitting high heeled stiletto pumps which seems to be a contradiction in terms. It is obvious also from this piece that the author is a "shoe connoisseur" with her detailed description of probably her favorite shoes. But this book wasn't just about shoes it dealt with heartbreak, infidelity, and aging and human responses to these events and did so with comedy and respect. It was a great read and was also very entertaining. Will definitely recommend and will look for other works by this author.
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