These Boots Weren't Made for Walking  -     By: Melody Carlson
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These Boots Weren't Made for Walking

Random House, Inc / 2007 / Paperback

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Willing to make the necessary sacrifices---even skipping the occasional latte---to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell "invests" in a chic pair of boots, certain they'll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie's job is abruptly eliminated---and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a "friend." Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled---only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God's plans may look drastically different than our own, it'll always be a perfect fit.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400073138
ISBN-13: 9781400073139
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell “invests” in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a “friend.” Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including On This Day, Finding Alice, the Notes from a Spinning Planet series, and Homeward, which won the Rita Award from Romance Writers of America. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Publisher's Weekly

In a fun specimen of Christian chick lit, popular novelist Carlson (Homeward; Finding Alice) introduces a charming new protagonist, Cassidy Cantrell. As the novel opens, Cassidy is having a disastrous week: first she gets fired, and her beau of three years dumps her for a sweet young thing he met in church. Next, Cassidy's neighbor steals her credit card and runs up thousands of dollars on it. Pretty soon, Cassidy has no choice but to give up her swanky apartment and move back home to rural Black Bear, Wash. She finds a surprise there, too: her 55-year-old mother, who used to be frumpy and overweight, got a new look after Cassidy's dad flew the coop and is now dating men half her age. Gradually, Cassidy comes into her own, joining a gym and finding a new job and romance. Indeed, before she knows it, eligible men are chasing her. She's a terrifically likable character, and readers will enjoy following her exploits. Cassidy's Christian faith plays a significant yet refreshingly subtle role in this novel. And if the overarching plot-the transformation from plump, unemployed and depressed urbanite to svelte, desirable hometown princess-is predictable, Carlson manages to keep readers guessing about which man Cassidy will pick. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Cassidy Cantrell, a 31-year-old marketing executive, falls in love with a pair of Valentino boots. These boots will not only make her look skinnier, prettier, and smarter, but they’ll help her secure her long awaited promotion. Minor detail that the boots cost a small fortune.
Unfortunately, reality soon stomps all over her expectations when she is laid off, her boyfriend dumps her, and her credit card debt has skyrocketed. In distress, Cassidy runs home seeking solace and refuge. What she finds instead is her newly divorced mother converted into a ‘hot’ vibrant babe. Cassidy wrestles with jealousy and the need to find new direction for her life.
Melody Carlson has written a delightful story that engages the reader wholeheartedly in the struggles, adventures, and mishaps of a ‘real’ Christian single woman. The tone is engaging and funny. The story is like a refreshing cool drink, carefully crafted to entertain and nourish the soul. The reader will fall in love with Cassidy and through her struggles learn some true lessons. Lessons like the fact the God’s plan for our lives is always a better fit than our own plans, even if they include a pair of ill-fitting boots. Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book Previews.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for
These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking

“Melody Carlson has crafted a brilliant, kick-up-your-heels, laugh-out-loud winner. Welcome to the Chick Lit side of the bookshelf, Sisterchick. Keep ’em coming!”
—ROBIN JONES GUNN, best-selling author of the Sisterchicks novels and the Christy Miller series

Praise for Melody Carlson
“…any story by Carlson is worth encountering.”
—BOOKLIST

“Melody Carlson’s style is mature and bitingly funny, and her gift for connecting our heart to the character’s plight also connects us to the complicated human condition and our need for one another.”
—PATRICIA HICKMAN, best-selling author of Fallen Angels and Sandpebbles

“Melody Carlson never fails to drag us out of our Christian easy chairs and right into the coals of the confusing culture in which we all find ourselves. She never fails to reveal that place of compassion within each of us. Excellent.”
—LISA SAMSON, author of The Church Ladies and Tiger Lillie

“With great confidence, I can say that Melody Carlson’s story will enlighten, encourage, and empower you.”
—GREGORY L. JANTZ, PH.D., Founder and Executive Director
of the Center for Counseling & Health Resources Inc.

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    Jubilee
    Age: 45-54
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    Quality: 1
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I have read Melody Carlson's Notes from a Spinning Planet series and enjoyed each one. However I found this book to have no redeeming value. Most of the book is spent talking about non christian exploits of acquaintances and family. I found nothing humorous in this tale and will be careful not to choose another similar book by her.
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    Peggy
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a lesson in life. Think of others before yourself. My favorite prayer is Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today.
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy read - enjoyable
    May 24, 2011
    klorenz
    Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed that this book was both a good story and an easy read. Sometimes it's good to have something not so deep but still get a quality story with a solid Christian message to it. I would have enjoyed a little more chapters and detail at towards the end - it ended at bit quickly for my taste. Since I don't want to spoil it will leave it at that. Overall, I did enjoy this book!
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    Cute Story
    May 11, 2011
    MrsH
    Texas
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    Quality: 4
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    Nice light-hearted story, perfect for a relaxing read.
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    Fun little sory! I enjoyed it.
    May 10, 2011
    Kay Monroe
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    Quality: 4
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    Fun little story, Good reminder of how God uses the low times to redirect us. w too much into the name brands, but thats OK.
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