• The Second Chance Shoe Shop
The Second Chance Shoe Shop Book Cover The Second Chance Shoe Shop
Marcie Steele and Mel Sherratt
Women's fiction, Romance, Comedy
April 8, 2016

All Riley Flynn wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.

A year ago, Sadie Stewart’s whole world was shattered when her husband, Ross, died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.

Sadie and Riley work at Chandlers shoe shop, in the charming town of Hedworth. But when Chandlers is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network - the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.

As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might just be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just round the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …

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Marcie Steele wisks us away to the charming town of Hedworth,  England for a delightful glimpse into the lives of three, extremely close pals and employees of Chandler’s Shoe Shop #chandlersthreeamigos.  This contemporary story begins from the point of view of Riley, the store manager, and expands to include the lives of co-workers, Sadie and Dan.  When the new store owner, daughter of the highly popular deceased owner, decides to force a competition between the employees to drum up sales to keep the store from closing, life for the three mates takes some unexpected turns.  Like a shopping trip to the the shoe store, we progressively learn more about what’s there, like how Sadie lost her husband to cancer less than a year ago and is raising her six year old daughter or how Dan is on the rebound from a broken relationship and is looking for romance on a online dating sight. His experiences will leave you in stitches!  #dantheman

HashtagsBut the heart of the story is Riley’s determination and boldness to keep the shop open and her friends employed.  In the process, her use of social media and her knack for fashion opens the doors to her own personal discovery. #goRileygo.



Wonderful story! It is well written and has you laughing, crying, worried, elated, and warm and fuzzy at many different times through the book.  Having never been to England myself I thoroughly enjoyed being pulled into a middle class British world.  I may just have to grab take away on the way to my flat today.

Find out more about Marcia Steele or her “alter ego” Mel Sherratt at http://melsherratt.co.uk.  You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.