Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison

I realize Fall has just begun, we haven’t even celebrated Halloween, and Christmas is still a ways off. However, I couldn’t resist sharing this delightful holiday story with you now. You’ll see why.

◊ Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy
Audio CD, 3 CDs
◊ Listening Length: 2 hours and 37 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Holidays, Literature, Fiction
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Macmillan Audio
◊ Release Date: October 18, 2016
◊ Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427278644
ISBN-13: 978-1427278647


From the author of the beloved bestseller, Shoe Addicts Anonymous comes a heartwarming twist on a classic tale filled with holiday cheer.

Noelle is not a fan of the holidays and to make matters worse, she is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love and adventure are no longer possible. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store…until a woman appears out of nowhere and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon Noelle finds herself camped out in the shoe department facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future...
Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle see the true spirit of Christmas? And will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

There have been countless spins on the holiday classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but none quite like author Beth Harbison’s A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS.

The narration by Orlagh Cassidy is excellent. Her mannerisms and accents enhance this charming story. Her inflections of the vocals add depth to this tale.

The characters are well-developed, realistic, and likable. Charlie is a delight with wisdom and humor, while readers will be able to relate to the antics of the protagonist, Noelle.

The story setting is a bit different and adds another layer to the story. The author includes the fantasy of being allowed all access to a lavish department store with the heart of the story.

The story moves at a quick pace and holds your attention. The concept of what might have been will strike a chord with most readers/listeners. While this tale doesn’t include the appearance of three ghosts, it does have the protagonist revisiting past events.

A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS is an inspiring holiday reminder that sometimes we all have to step out of our comfort zone to find happiness. This is a must read/listen to tale this Christmas season even if you’re not a shoeaholic. Short, sweet, and sentimental this story is sure to become a holiday classic in its own right.

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison, Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, Macmillan Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1427278647, Unabridged, 3 CDs, Run Time: 2 Hours and 37 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Are you already lining up your Christmas reading material? Have you ever gotten locked in a department store after closing? Would you want to be locked in a major department store after closing?


  1. I am in denial about Christmas. Which will lead to the annual panic in a few weeks.
    Being locked in a department store sounds like a foretaste of hell to me.

  2. This sounds like a really innovative take on the classic story, Mason. And I like the added touch of being locked in the department store. I certainly wouldn't want to be, but that adds suspense. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Christmas is less than two months away!
    Locked in the shoe department would be awful. Locked in the media department, not so bad.

  4. Stepping out of ones comfort zone can sure how us a lot of new avenues to happiness indeed.


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