Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 400 pages
First Published: 2023
Spoiled rich Nisha Cantor has the perfect life money can buy until her gym bag is stolen. Then her husband completely cuts her off, forcing her to work as a maid in the five-star hotel where they lived, desperately trying to get her possessions back. Meanwhile, downtrodden Sam Kemp is caught in a marriage with a depressed husband who ignores her and in a job with a sexist boss who mistreats her. When Sam tries on a pair of expensive shoes from a gym bag she took by accident, the jolt of confidence inspires her to recognize she deserves more in life.
Jojo Moyes delivers a fun contemporary read perfect for the beach or your next vacation. The story is funny and light although the character’s situations are depressing. Someone Else’s Shoes is nowhere near the author’s best work, lacking depth and relying heavily on overexaggerations. Yet, Moyes did enough to make this far-fetched tale enjoyable that I would still recommend it.
Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else’s shoes?
Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope–she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.
That’s because Sam Kemp – in the bleakest point of her life – has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag–she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change—and that thing is herself.
About Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is a former journalist and a novelist whose works include the Me Before You trilogy as well as Paris for One, The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, Someone Else’s Shoes, and The Giver of Stars. She lives on a farm in Essex, England, with her husband and children. Visit the author’s website →