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My BOTM Pick for February
Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes — Hard Cover Retail Value $29.00
Book Summary from Amazon:
Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else’s shoes?
Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope--she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.That’s because Sam Kemp – in the bleakest point of her life – has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag--she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change—and that thing is herself.Full of Jojo Moyes’ signature humor, brilliant storytelling, and warmth, Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about how just one little thing can suddenly change everything.
About the Book
Someone Else's Shoes is about two women who are forced to step out of their comfort zones when an honest mix-up takes them down unpredictable paths. One is living the high life with only the best clothes, food, and travel while the other is on the verge of losing her job and is trying to take care of a depressed husband. In a strange turn of events, these two women are thrown into each others lives and given a taste of how the other lives when a gym bag mix-up sends their lives into turmoil.
Nisha Cantor is suddenly cutoff from her high-society status when her backstabbing husband decides its time to move on with a younger version of herself. Nisha must overcome the odds of being left penniless, homeless, and oddly enough clothes-less while she tries to figure out how to salvage what is left of her former life. Sam Kemp on the other hand is being mentally abused by her jerk boss, while her personal life unravels. Everything seems hopeless until Nisha's detective skills while trying to find her gym bag, puts her at Sam's doorstep and the two forge an unlikely friendship.
Before I give away too much more, I'll just say that the plot twists don't stop there! Be ready for the entire spectrum of emotions while reading this book and be sure to set aside a few good chunks of time. This is one you are not going to want to put down!
What I found most interesting about this book, though, is that despite the two women's extremely different circumstances, they really were more similar than not. Both of them had become a former shadow of who they once were without even realizing it. Both of them fought to find that woman again and both of them came out stronger because of it. The book is also a great reminder that until we have actually walked in another's shoes (quite literally in this case), we never know what someone else is going through.
None of the choices for February immediately jumped out at me, but eventually I decided on Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes. It sounded intriguing and since I knew Moyes was already a New York Times best-selling author, I was curious how her newest book would stand out. Of course, it was phenomenal. It took me three days to get through the nearly 450 page book and I was definitely sad when it was over. I'm already rooting for this one to be picked up and turned into a movie!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
Yes! When is receiving a new book in the mail not worth it!? I love that BOTM Club makes it easy to find great new books. You never know if you are going to get a best-selling author or an up-and-coming one. But, you know that they will always be great choices.
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $9.99, but the book I chose retails for $29, which was a discount of about $19 for me. (Remember...this is first month only).
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To Wrap Up:
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