a shoe addict's christmas book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Noelle Carpenter would rather busy herself at work on Christmas Eve instead of celebrating the holiday. An HR professional at the popular department store Simon’s, Noelle soon finds herself locked in the store well after closing on a very snowy evening. With no one to share Christmas with and no interest to truly celebrate, Noelle calls her boss and assures him she is fine until the store opens. Unbeknownst to Noelle, she will not be spending the holiday alone after all.

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas is a quick, holiday read that shares elements of A Christmas Carol when Noelle meets a woman named Charlie, who also mysteriously appears in the store, in a pile of shoes. Charlie and Noelle hunker down and soon, Charlie shows Noelle elements of her past that seems to have forgotten. These images and memories show Noelle how she has arrived at her current, present situation and together they explore how these choices, will have an impact on her future. Charlie is funny, patient and clearly an angelic guide for Noelle. Charlie strives to show Noelle not only all that she has missed during the holidays and beyond, but all that she is in danger of missing out on and never discovering. Under Charlie’s watchful eye, Noelle suddenly sees herself, her life and her viewpoints on love and opportunity in a whole new light.

The novel is light hearted and thoughtful, but never really drew the correlation to a “shoe addict’s” Christmas, so the title may come as a turnoff for someone looking for a fashion-filled story. Even though Noelle does mention her friends of the company “Shoe Addicts Anonymous”, the title does not really fit the story or the main character, in spite of it taking place in a department store. Noelle is likable, although not very exciting, but as the novel moves forward, with Charlie’s help, she begins to shine. If you are looking for a light holiday read, A Shoe Addict’s Christmas might be just what you need.

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Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.