I found myself with another dual timeline tale when I decided to read The Silver Shoes by Jill G. Hall. It is certainly the popular way to tell a story these days. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About The Silver Shoes:
Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: She Writes Press (June 19, 2018)
In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment.
San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antique shop that spark her imagination and lead her on a quest to learn more about the shoes’ original owner.
Almost ninety years earlier, Clair Deveraux, a sheltered 1929 New York debutante, tries to reside within the bounds of polite society and please her father. But when she meets Winnie, a carefree Macy’s shop girl, Clair is lured into the steamy side of Manhattan–a place filled with speakeasies, flappers, and the beat of “that devil music”–and her true desires explode wide open. Secrets and lies heap up until her father loses everything in the stock market crash and Clair becomes entangled in the burlesque world in an effort to save her family and herself.
Ultimately, both Anne and Clair–two very different women living in very different eras–attain true fulfillment . . . with some help from their silver shoes.
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About the Author:
Jill G. Hall is the author of The Black Velvet Coat, an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including A Year in Ink, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. On her blog, Crealivity, she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. She is a seasoned presenter at seminars, readings, and community events. In addition to writing, Hall practices yoga, tap dances, and enjoys spending time in nature. Learn more at www.jillghall.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Anne lives in San Francisco and her boyfriend Sergio lives in New York. They have been maintaining a long distance relationship for quite some time and neither one of them is quite happy with the arrangement but his job is in his city and her life is in hers. She is willing to relocate but not without a commitment from him that they will get married. On her most recent trip Anne wanders in to a vintage shop and falls in love with a pair of rhinestone covered silver shoes. They fit her perfectly and she buys them on impulse. When she gets home and looks in the box she finds some other items including a photo of two young dancers.
Clair is debutante in 1929 living with her father. Her mother is dead and her father rules her life. One day while out shopping she meets a shopgirl who is so full of life and so confident that Clair wants to spend more time with her. They soon make a plan to go out and Clair finds herself at a speakeasy! She tastes alcohol for the first time and finds herself dancing. This is a side of life she had never seen before and she wants more.
As 1929 inches towards that fateful date in October Clair’s father tells her she is to be married – but Clair does not like the man he has chosen – at all. She fights her father as much as she can but soon finds herself on the way to the altar. What will her fate be?
The books shares the stories of these two women by alternating back and forth as Anne tries to figure her life out with or without Sergio as he meets her family and she meets his. Clair finds herself as she navigates life after the crash.
This was a quick and easy read. Nothing complicated, nothing deep. I enjoyed both stories but as per usual for me I found the historical half more interesting than the modern day tale. The synopsis was a bit misleading as Anne really does not go on any kind of quest to learn anything about the owner of the shoes. What she knows she learns from the back of the photo and she really goes no further so I felt a little disappointed by that.
It was a good book to sit and read on a cold and rainy afternoon under a blanket. As I noted, it didn’t require a lot of thought but it was a nice diversion.