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Shoe Addicts Anonymous Paperback – June 7, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Shoe Addict Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Arriving just in time for beach-read season, the effervescent hardcover fiction debut of cookbook author and romance novelist Harbison features four D.C.-area women who meet weekly to swap and chat about... shoes. Trying to get a handle on her massive consumer debt, Lorna Rafferty posts an Internet ad looking to trade footwear with women who have good taste and wear size seven-and-a-half. A senator's trophy wife, Helene Zaharis, is dreaming of escaping her loveless marriage when she stumbles upon Lorna's post. Overweight phone sex operator Sandra Vanderslice struggles to overcome her agoraphobia long enough to attend the shoe meetings. After a few funny missteps, the threesome finds a fourth member, Joss Bowen, the nanny of a shrewish socialite's hellion boys. Joss couldn't care less about shoes, but uses the group as a reason to get out of the house. Harbison does a fine job of showcasing how each woman is trapped—Lorna by her debt, Helene by her marriage, Sandra by her self-image, Joss by her employment contract—and how the fresh eyes of the group allow them to see themselves in a new light. Harbison creates vivid, convincing characters and handles them well. Reading this novel is like eating a slice of cake. (June)
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In this entertaining novel set in Washington, D.C., three very different women are brought together by a shared passion: shoes. They meet once a week to trade Manolos and Maglis, but soon they rely on each other for much more. Lorna, a debt-ridden waitress, founded the group to curb her destructive shopping sprees. Helene, a senator's trophy wife, attends to escape her loveless marriage and the banality of high-society life. Sandra, an overweight phone-sex operator, hopes the group can help cure her agoraphobia. They're joined by Joss, a young nanny, who doesn't care about shoes but needs a place to avoid her demanding boss. The four women become fast friends, trusted advisors, and eventually business partners. Readers will root for these four plucky women. Like the designer shoes that pepper its pages, this book is pleasing and stylish. This frothy confection is sure to fly off the shelves this summer. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250000610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,774,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After reading the preface of this book I thought "this sounds a little corny - but whatever". I am so glad that I picked it up. While there is lots of talk of shoes (never quite understood the fascination myself) - this book turned out to be a little treasure.

The writing is honest and crisp. The main characters - while all flawed are all likeable and entertaining and there is even a little bit of a "spy" angle (very small, but funny).

The biggest surprise for me was that although it is a chick lit book, this bok was written with warmth and humor and comes across as a sensitive understanding of women and what we go through.

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I hate to say this...I really do...but this was book was just not good. I have enjoyed Beth's books in the past, but this was just terrible. The story was boring and went nowhere and was SO unrealistic. And who edited this book? The book was filled with typos. I didn't want to only give 1 star because I have like the author, but honestly the 2nd star is given out of pity.
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Format: Paperback
Lorna Rafferty is addicted to shoes. So addicted, in fact, that she is knee-deep in credit card debts. The bank's assistant manager has made it his personal mission to try to help her out with her debts. But with her waitress job and limited budget, not to mention her newfound obsession with eBay, she doubts she'll be able to kick her habit any time soon. Helene Zaharis is also addicted to designer shoes. In fact, they are her lifeline. Retail is the only form of therapy that works with her insufferable life with a senator husband who has an eye for the presidency. His cheating ways are no secret to her. How will her life change when her husband suddenly takes away her credit cards? And who's following her all over town and why? She has secrets she doesn't want revealed -- for the sake of her husband's political career as well as her own need to keep the past at bay. Sandra Vanderslice hates the outdoors -- hence her lucrative job as a phone sex operator. It helps buy her beautiful designer shoes. But is she happy with the status quo, especially when she is reacquainted with an attractive former high school friend? The rubenesque shoe lover will want to change her life. And Jocelyn Bowen doesn't care either way about shoes, but when she discovers Shoe Addicts Anonymous, it is the perfect escape from her nanny job from hell. As it happens, it is Lorna who begins Shoe Addicts Anonymous by placing an online ad, a meeting where women who share the same shoe size (7 ½) can get together and exchange shoes. Little does she know that starting that little group is the best thing that could happen to her and to the three women who show up to the meetings.

This is a great, addictive read. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed it to the max.
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Format: Hardcover
As a lover and collector of handbags, I can totally identify with all four of the main characters in SHOE ADDICTS. This was the most enjoyable book I've read in a long time. Fun, light and fast - this is the perfect book to take to the beach, poolside, the park, vacation or anytime you want to escape from everyday life. Funny, uplifting and sometimes touching, this is not just the story about four shoe addicts (well it is, but there's more to the story than just shoes!), but rather a story of friendship. Told from the point of view of all four main characters, the book moves along at a nice pace with each of the stories weaving in and out from one another. Readers get to know each character individually and learn what is missing from each of their lives that causes them to take up a love of shoes. Although it is their mutual love of shoes that brings them together, they soon discover that they're not alone in their feelings of loneliness, sadness and dissatisfaction. Together they fill that void that's missing in each of their lives, and ultimately find peace and happiness, and more importantly, satisfaction with their lives.

I really liked this book a lot and highly recommend it to women of all ages. I'm also looking forward to future novels by this fresh, young author.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book to read while waiting for my sister to come out of surgery. I needed something to take my mind off of my worries and, I gotta tell you, this book 'fit the bill.' Although it is not a serious tome, it was, however, a 'Calgon-Moment' for me. Light-hearted, clever and the participants don't take themselves or their problems too seriously. It is worth the laugh, plus reminds me of the various excuses that I, myself, have used to shop; along with the resultant "Shopper's Remorse!!" Thank you Beth Harbison and I will watch for your next installment: "Secrets of a Shoe Addict" thanks for the entertainment.
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Format: Paperback
I was immediately drawn to this book from the first few pages. A group of 4 women from different backgrounds that have a same common interest, their love of shoes.

Likes -
1) The end of each chapter wanted to keep you reading more.
2) The main characters were very likeable
3) Enjoyed the beginning and middle of story
4) Detailed characters very well
5) Very easy and fun read

Dislikes -
1) Didn't see too much development in characters, they miraculously jumped from being one way to another
2) Detailed certain characters (Transvestite & Sandra's regular Caller) but they never eclipsed like you would expect. No real explanation why they did what they did.
3) Detailed the beginning and middle very well but then wrapped it up too quickly in the end. The end was VERY rushed.
4) Characters developed this tight bond overnight, which was somewhat unrealistic
5) Sandra miraculously recovered from her agoraphobia almost overnight
6) The car chase - that's all I have to say...
7) Ending was completely C-O-R-N-Y. It was pretty much just "summarized" as if the author got tired of writing and just quickly summed it up.

I really liked this book in the beginning but as soon as the car chase (involving all the main characters) it went down hill from there. Too cheezy. The author so quickly unraveled the story after taking so much time developing each character that she jumped from one plot to the next with no realistic flow. The ending was really disappointing. Pretty lazy if you ask me.

About 80% of the book is enjoyable, so I would recommend it and take the ending with a grain of salt.
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