Thirty-one years old Cassidy Cantrell believes this is the week she visited hell without leaving her hometown of Seattle. After just after spending a fortune on designer boots at exclusive Martollis to enhance her image at work and insure she receives the promotion she expects, her boss informs her that they are downsizing her and a few others; in other words she is fired. Eric, her boyfriend of three years, whom she blames for a recent weight gain as she frets he will never commit to her, abruptly dumps her.Despondent and broke, Cassidy breaks the two commandants of single swingers: thou shall not eat junk food and thou shall not move back in her mothers home in Black Bear. However, mom is very different than when Cassidy left. Back then she was devastated by her husband tossing her aside for a younger chick breaking the first commandment of single swingers; now she has done a complete makeover; she looks great not just as a fifty-five year old as she dates men Cassidys age. Cassidy can take a page out of moms new book or continue to follow moms previous tale of woe.This is an interesting character study of a young woman who goes from all glitter to depressed slob to a full caring well-rounded person. This Christian chick lit story line is fun to follow due to Cassidy who serves as an inspiration for the audience once she gets past her doldrums and begins to reassert herself; her faith is not in your face so that her beliefs enhance the plot. Although the plot has been used countless times since Methuselah was a kid, readers will enjoy Cassidys reusing of her glamour boots not meant for walking.Harriet Klausner
Cassidy Cantrell just bought her first pair of designer boots, which she knows will impress everyone. Shes pretty sure they are going to get her the promotion shes been angling for as well. Little does she know how much her life is about to change. Job problems and boyfriends woes send Cassidy on a search to find herself. She heads home only to find that her normal run-of-the-mill mom has changed, too and Cassidys not sure its for the better.Her desires, such as the boots, reflect the desires of girlie-girls everywhere and make the reader take a closer look at their priorities. At the center of it all is a young woman coming of age. Through Cassidys struggles, the reader will learn the value of faith, friendship and fun.Melody Carlson weaves a light-hearted, entertaining tale about a young woman trying to find her place in the world. Carlson has written over 90 books ranging from childrens works to teen and adult literature. Chick lit fans will love this tale written especially for them.
These Boots Weren't Made for Walking is a fantastic chick lit novel. I tried really hard to delay finishing it until closer to the release date in June, but I couldn't do it. I was too invested in the characters. Poor Cassie has everything go wrong in her life. Everything. And the way she deals with it at first is so realistic. The faith piece is a very light thread, but still there, unlike secular chick lit novels. However, the author does push the envelope a tad in some areas, but it wasn't overly done. I really enjoyed this whole story. The internal dialog is the best I've read to date. You can can tell this author is prolific in her writing. Her stuff is flawless, the voice is perfect, and the story can go for pages with no interaction between Cassie and another character, but her interior monologue is so well done that you don't even notice. The romantic element was also fabulous. I loved it! This is a book I'd read twice! Highly recommended.