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The Relationship Shoppe: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Susan Paulson Clark
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"An overall delightful, engrossing read filled with emotional twists and turns."
- Diane Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

"If you're looking for something fun to read that will take your heart on an exciting roller coaster ride, buy this book."
- Kim Boykin, author of The Wisdom of Hair (Penguin)

"Encompasses a wide range of common, contemporary issues, and there should be a little something in there for a woman in any stage of any relationship."
- Candy's Raves,

Marian Sheffield longs to climb out of the pits, but before she can transform her career and romantic life, she must contend with the indiscretions of Belle, her business partner and best friend. Along the way, Marian learns the difference between a crush on her guy friend and the very real advances of her company’s investor—and how to apply the relationship advice she promotes in her own bookstore.

- Felt as if your life has fallen apart?
- Questioned why it had?
- Resolved to turn things around?
- Refused to give up when everyone around discouraged you?
- Been betrayed by a friend?
- Fallen in love with someone who doesn’t love you back?
- Ignored the person who is right for you?

Then you may want to browse in THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1766 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stairstepz Media (April 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TWU4WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a toast to new beginnings May 7, 2012
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Marian and Belle, two friends who met at a support group for troubled people have joined forces in this life-affirming novel, The Relationship Shoppe. Both recent divorcees, they quit their day jobs and take a chance on themselves. After months spent on building a website business dedicated to selling self-help and inspirational books, they decide to take their a page from their own book and start their own business. With financial help from their friend Ruth's son, Andrew, himself a widower, Stairstepz is born.
The cast of characters is a bevy of everyday people just trying to cope with life and its challenges with grace. We cheer Cooper and Agnes as they find love and root for Marian as she learns how to stand on her own and feel good about her difficult choices. The relationships in her life give her the strength to cope with financial challenges and remind all of us that sometimes the thing you are searching for is right in front of you. Her two adorable sons give her the daily strength to believe in herself and their future. This book is a perfect reminder to never give up on yourself.--Sandi Perry
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start May 1, 2012
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I read this book by a new writer with no expectations. I enjoyed the book, but felt at times that I was reading a condensed book. The book may have been better if some of the characters and occurrences were a little more fleshed out (for example, more background on Andrew's emotions, a few details on how the business got the attention of the New York news show) . Some transitions were abrupt, and passage of time was not represented. All in all, a worthwhile read. I will look for more books by the author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Word- April 29, 2012
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A well-told tale of a young woman who's not quite sure of herself or her true desires tangling with the realities of single motherhood. Ms Clark is in control of her material and it's very readable. The proper mix of self-doubt and unrealistic expectations keep the protagonist more than occupied and at places in pain as she traverses a slice of modern Dallas life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Book to Read May 3, 2013
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I enjoyed the book because it dealt with life situations that affect many of us in simple life situations without XXX sexual happenings. I'm not a prude, but I found that to be refreshing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline with a little disjointedness August 15, 2012
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There's nothing too earth shattering in this book. It's a basic storyline we've all read before, but I really enjoyed how the author was able to freshen it up and put in elements that appealed to many. There really is a little bit of everyone I know in the various characters making up this story. The writing was simple, easy to read, and easy flowing. The author does a remarkable job of bringing the characters and places to life.

My problem with this book centered around a few places that were just too disjointed for my liking. It could use a little bit of editing to bring some of the larger events into focus and take out a few of the things that just cluttered up the story.

There's some irony in the book, of course, we have characters who are tripping around their own lives, relationships, children, household stuff who are putting themselves out as experts. I guess it really is true that those that help are the ones that are in the most need!

I walked away from this book with the thought that no one is perfect. I think the author was trying to convey that while we all try the best we can, at the end of the day, we are only human and we have to make peace within our own lives.

Overall, a well done book. Recommended for those who enjoy chick lit or need a light read after reading something heavy. This will fully fit the bill!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Motivations? July 15, 2012
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I found this book difficult to get into. I stuck with it for 13 chapters, but finally gave it up as a lost cause. The main difficulty I had with this novel was with regard to the character development and their motivations. I found both lead characters lacking in depth, and often felt that their purported attitudes and beliefs were at odds with how the characters were being fleshed out. For example, the scene when Marion first goes to the singles club has her commenting about finding herself in this group of "losers," a comment that seems at odds with her seeming intent to help others solve their personal problems by giving them a place to buy self-help books. When Marion meets Vince for lunch, it is difficult to understand what she wants. She seems disappoonted in a lukewarm way about him not being interested in marriage, but the last thought of hers we are privy to has her speculating that Vince is falling in love with her simply because he turns back to check her out. Belle as well is hard to fathom, and it is equally difficult to buy into the relationship between the two women because the reader is given so little real detail about the characters and how their relationship developed

This book did indeed need more editing--not in the sense of poor mechanics, but more in that so much of the story lacks cohesion and continuity. As well, the characters needed much more work and development in order to be believable and to have the relationship between and among the characters seem natural and true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story w/ simple writing July 5, 2012
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I really enjoyed "The Relationship Shoppe." It held my interest throughout and I was eager to keep reading to find out what was going to happen with each of the characters. There were also very few typographical or grammatical errors, which was nice! Kudos to the author on that! She really seemed to put in the time and effort to polish the story before releasing it.

My main criticism is that the storyline and characters seemed a little flat at times. Not as much depth as I would have liked. For example, a character would be in a fine mood at one second, and then something would happen (something relatively minor) and all of a sudden that character would lose it and have a fit. The reaction seemed way too severe and not matching the cause. Also, things seemed to jump around at times. An example of this is a character (I'm leaving out names to avoid giving away the story) isn't sure how they feel about another character, or they say they don't really like them or aren't interested, etc. Then in the next paragraph they're thinking of a future with that person. What?! Where is the build-up? Where did that sudden change of heart come from? These are the things that I felt were missing from the story.

I felt the story got off to a great start. The characters were built up well, described well, and I was interested in them. But as the story went on, that is where things fell flat. Gaps appeared in the plot/storyline. Characters jumped sporadically from one emotion/feeling to the complete opposite. I think the author has good potential and is skilled at telling a story, but needs more experience. When I read it I didn't know anything about the author. It felt like I was reading a first novel from a 20-something.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I just finished reading The Relationship Shoppe. It was a fast-moving story of disappointments followed by wonderful new starts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Sparks
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute!
Obvious ending. Not much depth. Every easy read. Don't really have more to say about it. Would like, however, to read other books be author.
Published 3 months ago by S. Kleinberg
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
With all the tragedy we face daily, it's heartwarming to read a book that addresses
so many things and shows how people can heal.
Published 4 months ago by Katherine Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars Only ok
Characters were too slow to get through their personal difficulties. Kept waiting for a climax that never came. Need a a bit more character depth, progress, and resolution.
Published 4 months ago by Jule
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
A fun, and easy read! I loved reading about two women who took lemons and made lemonade...both learning and growing after heartaches and break ups. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michelle M
3.0 out of 5 stars Relationship Shoppe--just a story
Wondering why I was reading this? It drug on and on! then ended abruptly. Not sure it deserved the three stars, but I did finish it because I wanted to see if she finally... Read more
Published 5 months ago by read free books
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
This book is okay. An easy read but the story line is slow to develop. The last chapter says it all.
Published 5 months ago by Ruth Mora
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragged a little but some cute characters
I finished this book, which I have stopped bothering to do for really slow or disjointed books. I liked a lot of the characters, felt some were excessive and the outcome was pretty... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Bevis
3.0 out of 5 stars Relationship Shoppe.
This book is okay, not bad but not real exciting either. I t was different than most of the books I read.
Published 5 months ago by Jane Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars hopeful.
Really enjoyed a book full of honesty and hope. the characters we're believe able and circumstances all too familiar. the
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More About the Author

Susan Paulson Clark has been writing for fifteen years. She's an avid reader of women's fiction, mysteries, and non-fiction titles. Susan enjoys painting (acrylic and oil) and spending time with her husband. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degrees in English and Education -- and she's an avid believer in writers' critique groups!

Susan is writing a sequel to THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE, which will be available in early 2014.

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