• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: She Writes Press (June 19, 2018)
In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment.
San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antique shop that spark her imagination and lead her on a quest to learn more about the shoes’ original owner.
Almost ninety years earlier, Clair Deveraux, a sheltered 1929 New York debutante, tries to reside within the bounds of polite society and please her father. But when she meets Winnie, a carefree Macy’s shop girl, Clair is lured into the steamy side of Manhattan–a place filled with speakeasies, flappers, and the beat of “that devil music”–and her true desires explode wide open. Secrets and lies heap up until her father loses everything in the stock market crash and Clair becomes entangled in the burlesque world in an effort to save her family and herself.
Ultimately, both Anne and Clair–two very different women living in very different eras–attain true fulfillment . . . with some help from their silver shoes.
“The crash of 1929, speakeasies and musical reviews, artistic challenges, family secrets, secret desires, romantic complications these are just a few of the ingredients in Jill G. Hall’s wonderful new novel, The Silver Shoes. Clair and Anne are two compelling characters born decades apart into drastically different circumstances. Each must face her own dilemmas and neither has an easy solution.” —Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices
“What a delight! Hall captivates and pulls the reader in; the story is as sparkling and fun as the silver shoes that connect the two women together–pure entertainment!” —Michelle Cox, Author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series
“You’ll be cheering for both of these heroines as they insist on finding their own way as artists, no matter what the men in their lives want them to be. Hall’s descriptions of Anne’s visual art, inspired by the silver shoes, are delicious.” —Janice Steinberg, art journalist and author of The Tin Horse
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Anne has been struggling in a long-distance romance with long-time boyfriend, Sergio. Anne is an artist based in San Fransisco and Sergio a New York City designer. Anne wants Sergio to buckle down and commit to the relationship, but that may not be where either of their hearts lie. On a trip to New York, Anne picks up a pair of antique rhinestone shoes. With the shoes comes a strand of pearls and a hidden picture of two flappers wearing just those shoes. The shoes inspire Anne to create several art pieces as well as think about her situation with Sergio. In 1929, Clair, the original owner of the shoes, admires the footwear from the window. She knows her father would never let her own them. Although, Clair finds a friend in a performer, Winnie, who introduces Clair to speakeasies and uncovers Clair's hidden talents. When Clair's life seems to be controlled by everyone but her, Clair's father pushing her into an arranged marriage with an odious man named Farley and not allowing her to continue her college education, the stock market crashes. Clair decides to carry on and follow her heart becoming the provider of the family by secretly performing in a Broadway Review. When Anne learns of the woman behind the shoes, she takes a page from Clair's book and decides to follow her heart.
A beautifully written dual-timeline story of two women learning to follow their hearts. I enjoyed both Anne and Clair's characters and their willingness to strike out on their own, even if it took a lot of convincing. The quick flow of the chapters with switching points of view between Anne and Clair kept my reading at a good pace. Clair's story stole my attention as I was pulled in by her spirited nature and willingness to strive forward in life despite everything thrown in front of her. The ambiance of 1929-30 shown through with the extravagance of hotel living, debutante balls, speakeasies, FBI raids and the devastation felt after the crash. Anne's story was a slow journey to self realization that took more time to reel me in. Both women are wonderful examples of determination and perseverance in times of strife.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Jill G. Hall is the author of The Black Velvet Coat, an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including A Year in Ink, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. On her blog, Crealivity, she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. She is a seasoned presenter at seminars, readings, and community events. In addition to writing, Hall practices yoga, tap dances, and enjoys spending time in nature. Learn more at www.jillghall.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.