In Her Shoes

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Release Date: July 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Rose has no choice but to take her role as older sister seriously. Maggie, Rose's one and only sister, is too flighty for Rose to be able to shirk her duties. Rose is a successful attorney. She is a bit overweight, and as such, sells herself short. She envies her sisters beauty and ease in social situations, although, Rose does not envy Maggie's flighty approach to life. However, the bond formed between the two-against their emotional abusive step-mother, Sudell, has cemented Rose in the role of rescuer.

Maggie is looking for love, as clichéd as that sounds. She wants someone to accept her, flaws and all. She has a very low self-image, due to a mild learning disability. As the cliché goes, she continues looking for love in all the wrong places. A string of one-night stands (some not even lasting that long) have battered her self-esteem. She does have one strength that she uses, perhaps too much. She is gorgeous, with a perfect body and perfect hair to go with it.

The discovery of a long lost maternal grandmother sets into motion a chain of events that will perhaps allow the sisters to meet on even ground; without negative emotions mucking the waters.

Having read Ms. Weiner's first book, GOOD IN BED, I have to say that IN HER SHOE'S came up to the great expectations I had of this author. Ms. Weiner takes everyday subjects and gives them heart and soul. I have never been so engrossed in another's life to the point I almost forgot they are fictional characters. I wanted to smack and hug Maggie at turns. Poor Rose is in the most need of a hug. Not that she'd accept it, she is independent, and desperately wants to stay that way. Both of these ladies sell themselves short. They do not discover their strengths until adulthood, but the scars left by Sudell are life long. IN HER SHOES, a stellar example of woman's fiction that all will enjoy; tugging at your heartstrings, stirring your anger, and bringing tears to your eyes. A book that can be read over and over, never losing its appeal.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jodi

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