Secondhand Shoes By Shelly Arkon

41VlEl-wJWL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I looked at the living. I knew my maternal grandparents, MiMi and Pap-pap, a handful of Max’s friends, and his parents. The rest were Mom’s friends.

Tears blurred my vision, and time slowed. I was halfway to the altar and felt as if I was watching myself walk to Max.

High-pitched hiccups came one after the other. Pain stabbed at the backs of my heels. I tried walking on my toes, but that pinched my piggies. Acid indigestion, hot as molten lava, rumbled my stomach. I needed to burp. I tucked in my chin and held my breath to help it happen. It was going to be volcanic. It would burn everyone in burp radius. They should run. I should run.

This book brings so many elements to the table: Humour, thrills, action and a lot of paranormal.

The book opens with Lila in a wedding gown and shoes that her mother, Babs, wanted her to wear. Everything about this wedding was for Babs’ benefit…even the choice in the Groom for which it seemed that Lila had no choice in either. The wedding dress is itchy and chaffing, the shoes are secondhand and too small for her feet, and to top it all off, her stomach is about to explode–all signs that Lila should turn around and head back for home. But Babs would never allow that to happen.

Lila is about to marry Max Butz, a man that she barely knows and doesn’t love, mainly to shut up Babs…sorry, I can’t say anything nice about her. She certainly wouldn’t win any Best Mother Ever awards.

But there is someone trying to help Lila and that’s her dead grandmother. Her grandmother keeps telling her to run away before this fiasco can even start. But wait…her grandmother is dead. How can that be? You see, Lila is a medium, which is someone who can see and talk to dead people. This is an advantage to Lila later on in the story.

Of course, does she listen? No. Then there wouldn’t be a story.

Lila’s grandmother’s ghost helps her to get out of many sticky, and often difficult situations. Taking the form of birds and other wildlife, as well as speaking inside of her head, Lila’s grandmother steers Lila in the right direction.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Lila? Something else that keeps happening to Lila is that she keeps dreaming/seeing/feeling her ex-boyfriend, Julio’s (the one she should have been with all along) presence…but wait…he’s in a coma. How can this be?

With the help of her best friend Cynthia, a loveable trucker named BJ and her dead grandmother, Lila gets further away from Max and closer to Julio.

Max’s mother is something else, and I don’t know why Lila would ever agree to marry into the Butz family. If for name only, I know I couldn’t do it.

Set in the 80’s, the author shows off her unique style of writing. 5 stars!



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9 responses to “Secondhand Shoes By Shelly Arkon

  1. The Desert Rocks

    I have my copy and can’t wait to read it. This is a wonderful review and I know Shelly will probably write more about Lila in a sequel or two. She’s a very busy writer with a creative style.

  2. Excellent review, Beth. I really enjoyed reading the book.

  3. Nice review. This book sounds like a good read.

  4. Finally, I get to visit your blog. Thank you, Beth. Yes. I’m working on Lila’s next adventure.

    Hugs and chocolate,

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