When Tansy Poole inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, ‘Cinderella’s Slippers’ is born - providing the footwear to make any fairy-tale wedding come true…Carrying everything a bride would want to walk down the aisle in, Tansy’s shop soon expands to carry shoe-themed wedding favours, bridesmaid gifts and even delicious chocolate shoes. It’s the dream destination for any shoe-lover! If only everything in her personal life could be as heavenly – but with a fiancé trying to make her fit into a size 8 wedding dress, not to mention the recent discovery of disturbing family revelations, Tansy takes refuge in the shop’s success.
But one man isn’t thrilled by the stream of customer’s hot-footing it to Cinderella’s Slippers… Actor Ivo Hawksley, resident of the cottage next to the shop, is troubled by a dark secret in his past and has come to Sticklepond to nurse his own broken heart. However, Ivo realises that he and Tansy have a link in their past and soon, they both find out how secrets shared can make a very strong bond indeed…
Forget the Jimmy Choos, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues is the only accessory you need for spring 2012…
©2012 Trisha Ashley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Trisha Ashley:‘Trisha Ashley writes with remarkable wit and originality – one of the best writers around!’ Katie Fforde‘A lovely warm book, full of down-to-earth humour – and top tips on restoring a stately home!’ Sophie Kinsella‘Fresh and funny.’ Woman’s Own‘Packed with romance, chocolate and fun, this indulgent read is simply too delicious to put down.’ Closer
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It was boring cannot imagine who would enjoy it
Improve the story it is basically about a 92 year old who gives a running commentary to her grand niece about her life. The grand neice goes on and on about opening a bridal shoe shop in the old ladies shop.
The story just waffles going nowhere. I tried for three hours but just cannot listen to it.
Maybe Jane Collingwood this narrator reads the story in a way that you cannot distinguish between the characters apart from the old lady that character is portrayed slightly differently.
Disappointment I only purchased it two days ago and was really looking forward to starting a new book but instead it is just boring.
Sweet but a little dragged out
So-so, most characters had subtle differences but not distinct tonal differences
Quite by chance I happened to read the 3 installments of STICKLEPOND, which is a small old town in a country setting north of London.
This one -Chocolate Shoes...- was the third book and as in the previous two books is a romantic story. It is a separate story only that takes place in Sticklepond and a few years after the first one (WINTERS TALE) and the characters of the other books are mentioned in passing. I thought it was endearing like the mention of old friends and how they were doing,
The actual story is the usual girl in her 30s with a struggling love life who goes back to her hometown to start over and be with her beloved old grandaunt....(can't say anything more) the plot and dialogs are simple but nice, funny at times, mostly pretty real, except the ending but as i always say if you read these books you are looking for nice happy endings .So all in all i would say ENJOYABLE! the three books are warm, romantic and the performance in all of them is very. very good !
Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!
trisha ashley's books generally have pleasant plot, with endearing characters, in a classically english setting. unfortunately, she does tend to rush the ending, which compromises the reading experience. i would recommend her books for readers who like a light read while doing housework, driving or other light activity.
"A real fairy tale"
I loved it. Yes its "chick lit" But there is more to the story than that would imply. When it finished I wanted more. I believed in the characters.
So many, the one with the dog, the decorating, and so on I don't want to give anything away.
It make me laugh. I did not cry, I got very frustrated at times
I enjoyed this book and I am likely to listen again in a few months. Tricha Ashley is a good if querky story teller. Her tails are not predictable. they all have twists.
"good book not so good narriting"
i liked this book and the story is a warm and fluffy as with other titles from the same author but the voice reading it became quite annoying for me,it was ok untill the fake and quite bad accents started and continued on throughout the book,
"Really enjoyable to listen to"
Enjoyable, relaxing, fun
The interactions between the characters were good, and a few twists kept it from being too predictable (although it's still easy to guess who will end up with who!). I enjoyed the characters from her other books popping up here & there.
I also listened to Chocolate Wishes, they are equally well read.
It made me laugh and smile as I was listening. Trisha's books are fun to listen to.
The error in the relationship between Chloe & her grandfather annoyed me - they kept saying she was his daughter but in Chocolate Wishes she is his granddaughter.
"Colourful characters & intricate details"
Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues is essentially Tansy's story as well as her grandmother's. However Tricia Ashley's characters are all well rounded including the ones who take the smallest part in the action, they all come to life as you listen. With Tansy's character being as colourful and adventurous as her dress sense!
The narrator creates a mystical atmosphere that in some parts the story requires, she's very good at all the voices and gives you the sense of the characters being real people.
The attention to detail here makes the writing something above the ordinary, small intricacies are woven into the story and bring in another dimension, I like that. It may even make you want to open a vintage shoe shop of your own, even though you don't have that desire usually! That's how caught up in the story I became.
If you're someone who likes to read books in order, then this book, in some ways, follows on from Chocolate Wishes, as the continuation of the 'adventures of Sticklepond', but is before Wish Upon a Star.
I would recommend this book as the characters were so alive and the story held you throughout with a secret past and well written with great narration
I loved how the characters were so alive and kept you guessing plus a perfect ending
Aunt Nan of course as she brought her to life
Yes when Aunt Nan's secret came out it was very touching
This is a good read if you like a story that you never want to end because you will miss the characters
"Classic Trisha Ashley"
Loved it. Brilliant story line and an excellent performance again by Julia Rounthwaite. I am beginning to love Sticklepond and wished I lived there!! :)
"Another heartwarming story"
A lovely tale about people making their way through life.
This one is good.
A book about life, love and breaking the mould.
I read this book while I was recovering from being ill. It really helped me relax and rest.
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