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These Boots Weren't Made for Walking
by Melody Carlson

Reviewed by Darcie Gudger

"...chick-lit at its finest."

A pair of Valentino boots is the ultimate strategy for career advancement – right? Thirty-one year old Year old Cassie Cantrell thinks so. She pushes the credit limit on her purchase with the intent of promotion in her marketing job. Much to her horror, she finds herself jobless with a pricey pair of footwear that makes her toes scream.

At least she has a hot boyfriend.

Wrong!

Mr. Hottie has been cheating on her with a friend from church. A reunion is out of the question since he and his new flame got to “know” each other in the Biblical sense.

Worse yet, her neighbor disappears with Cassie’s credit card number, leaving Cassie to foot the bill for her high-fashion addiction.

With nothing left to keep her in Seattle, Cassie heads back home to live with her mom. Maybe surrounding herself with familiar comforts will buy time to lick her wounds and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

A woman she’s never met greets her at the door, however, and the longer Cassie stares, she observes the blond vixen has some of her mother’s features.The old, frumpy, depressed woman who had been her mother is now fit for a Cosmo cover looks ten years younger than Cassie. And is dating one of Cassie’s former high school boyfriends!

Can Cassie discover her sense of self in a world where nothing feels familiar? Will she be able to overcome the sudden jealousy toward her mom? Where does God fit into all of this?

These Boots Aren’t Made for Walking is chick-lit at it’s finest. Just when you don’t think it could get worse, it does! Believably so.

As is true with her young adult fiction, Carlson doesn’t pour heavy-duty antiseptic on real issues facing women of any age or stage of life. Situations involving pre-marital sex and lustful thoughts are approached with great tact and real consequences. Women who’ve made mistakes can find the hope of forgiveness in Christ. Women who are on the verge of succumbing to temptation will be inspired to flee and stay true to the moral expectations laid out in God’s Word.

Forgo the toe pinching boots, don a pair of comfy sneakers and run to the bookstore to pick up this hysterically funny novel.

Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.