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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes: The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things | Ruth Hogan
Loved Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things? Keep on reading... Masha's life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But before Masha can move on, the past has to be dealt with - and it comes roaring back ... In the vein of her bestselling debut The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a new cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living. Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick 2017 Winner of the Richard & Judy Readers' Award 2017 'A gem' Huffington Post 'Exquisite' The Lady 'Delightful' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
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DebinHawaii
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#JulyJam

From my Kindle #TBR for #RedShoeDay 👠👠

Eggs Adorable collage 🌹👠❤️ 4mo
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veritysalter
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My April Book Club read - a story of loss and redemption. After the loss of her son, Masha struggles to do more than endure living in a world without him. A meeting with Sally-Red-Shoes in the local cemetery opens her eyes to a world full of possibilities.

Crazeedi Sounds like a wonderful book 2y
Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️ 2y
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Lauram
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Pickpick

My third completed book of 2021 and my favorite. It‘s a story of grief but there‘s warmth, humor and moments of joy. I only wish that the story was a bit longer. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Readswithcoffee
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Pickpick

If I had known the subject matter of this book, I probably wouldn‘t have read it, but I am really glad I did. I liked this book even more than Hogan‘s first book. The MC‘s journey through her grief seemed very realistic. And I always enjoy a book with quirky characters.

Readswithcoffee If anyone plans on reading this soon, I suggest waiting until after the holidays due to the difficult subject matter. 2y
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Jnnlb
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Pickpick

Beautiful story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️@ruthhogan

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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

I really like this author‘s character building. She hits it out of the park. I enjoyed the story about learning to live again through grief, but I did see every plot development coming from miles away so it didn‘t quite live up to Keeper of Lost Things for me. Still a fun journey!

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Emma3
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Pickpick

I think I liked this more than her first book. It was a story that didn't try to be too happy and included the bad things which is real life. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading her third book

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GirlWellRead
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Masha lives a life of self-imposed emotional isolation. Her grief and guilt over her son's death have become her dark companions, an addiction of sorts. Gradually Masha surfaces both literally in the pool, and figuratively from her grief. It is then that her swimming becomes a joy rather than a punishment.

Thank you, Ruth Hogan, for this book. It is an incredibly moving story of grief, and of the resilience and beauty of the human spirit.

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Caterina
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#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn
After a fierce start to the day with a run/walk, weights, and stretch class, I've taken 2 naps, spent all day emailing with IT trying to pay my housing deposit for seminary, and read on my Kindle. I look forward to taking this pup for a walk when it cools down a tad (89°F right now). I'm not loving this #ARC from #NetGalley, but I think I'll finish it today. #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Pippin

BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4y
TheSpineView Good job! 4y
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4y
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guinsgirlreads Super! 👏🏻 4y
alisiakae It's hot here too! Two naps sounds divine. 😁 4y
Clwojick 🐶♥️😍 I also napped, but with my mini sleep monster Totem 🐱 4y
TheEllieMo Wow, what an incredible start to your day! 4y
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Caterina
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Perfect lazy Sunday afternoon. 💕 Later when it's cooler I'll take this pup for a walk, I'm eager to get back to listening to Becoming. 😊 He would definitely approve of Masha's dog Haizum in the book I'm reading! #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Pippin #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

TheLibrarian I ❤️ Bostons. 4y
marleed I loved listening to Michelle tell her own story. 4y
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 4y
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guinsgirlreads ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Bookwormjillk Cute 🐶 4y
Chrissyreadit 👏👏hope you enjoyed your walk. 4y
Clwojick What a cutie! 😍 4y
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j9brown
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Loved this. Ruth Hogan has such a magical way with words. Still unsure how I felt about the twist/ending. But just the way she writes makes her a favorite for me.

JanuarieTimewalker13 She‘s on my “to read” list, for sure. Stacking. 4y
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Jenken1998
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Beautiful heartbreaking story about a woman living with debilitating grief who chooses to live again after she meets an inspiring group of quirky characters. This book broke my heart and mended it all at the same time. I am in love. Thank you #NetGalley for the chance to read this. Publication date June 11, 2019.

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Nicki_K
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Thanks to #netgalley for a free copy in return for an honest review. Ruth Hogan's books have been on my radar for a while now and this book didn't disappoint. It was heartwarming with such endearing and interesting characters and even a plot twist that I did not see coming #ruthhogan #thewisdomofsallyredshoes #tea_sipping_bookworm #litsy #goodreads #netgalley #bookstagram

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Curvybookgirl
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This wasn‘t as good as her latest book but still an enjoyable read.

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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

“The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes” is a quick and easy read but it‘s one full of heartbreak. Ruth Hogan is skilled at creating quirky characters that you can‘t help but love but I felt I couldn‘t connect with this book as much as I would have liked. It‘s 3 stars from me.

See my full review on my blog now 📚

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TrishB
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Lovely read about coming to terms with grief. Probably not best to read if the grief is very new though. I cried a couple of times, but I would still call this an uplifting read. There‘s a little twist that you will probably guess, but it‘s not the centre of the story so it doesn‘t really matter.
One of my IRL friends recommended this so I felt I had to read and she was right!

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TrishB
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💔 loving this book.

Cathythoughts This is such a beautiful quote ♥️ 4y
Oryx Powerful quote 4y
youneverarrived I love this ❤️❤️ 4y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @Oryx @youneverarrived the passage this is from is lovely, but so sad I literally couldn‘t stop crying! 4y
Balibee146 Would have been my mum's birthday today so this is poignant x x 4y
TrishB @Balibee146 hugs to you 💕 this book is all about grief, but I‘m finding it lovely. I know that sounds strange but it‘s well written and poignant. 4y
Oryx @TrishB I was welling up just from that quote 4y
Reggie This quote, beautiful. 4y
TrishB @Reggie it is and so true! I think you‘d really like this book. 4y
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emmaturi
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Oh I went to this Christmas fair this morning and got these beauties! I am happy with them all! Which one do you like here? #bookhaul #bookmad #lovetoread

Cathythoughts I loved Fates & Furies ❤️👍🏻 4y
Crazeedi Summer wives and great alone both good 4y
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AmyLarge
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Masha is drowning in order to feel close to her son, who drowned many years before. But with the help of a truly fabulous array of friends, Masha starts to swim back to life.
I loved the characters in this book. They are so varied and vivid that encountering them is like finding a new favourite in a tin of Quality Street - you will want to savour them and come back for more.
Emotionally weighty but you come away with a sense of joy and hope.

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Laru79
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This was a pick rather than a PICK! I loved Hogan‘s first book but spent too long with this book wondering where it was going and how the two stories would cross paths. It had a very hopeful positive ending which I did love, but although the lead character was fun, I just think the whole book was just nice rather than amazing.

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Laru79
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Starting on this on a quiet early Sunday morning. My husband and eldest daughter spent the night in the tiny tent in the garden, while the littlest and I slept in my bed... I bet I had the comfiest night, but still we were up first. Making the most of it by getting a few pages in. Loved Hogan‘s last book, so have high hopes that this has the same heart-warming vibe. I have read a few tough-going books lately, so need something sweet.

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readingjedi
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So-so on finishing, downgraded to pan on reflection. It was a two-fold 'ugh'. I didn't like it and I didn't think it was very good. The writing is actually quite good but I wasn't sure what it wanted to be - serious reflection on child loss & grief or quirky humorous romance. I was irritated by pointless scenes that, delightful as they were, were totally superfluous to the plot & contributed to the descent into tweedom. Continued in comments ⬇⬇⬇⬇

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 5y
readingjedi The characters were straight from the Big Book of Quirky Cliches. And just when the quirk levels were getting intolerable then came Kitty Muriel. The penny drop moment almost rescued it but it was utterly thrown away for the sake of a sweet & tidy ending. The tacked on epilogue was just insulting. Yuck yuck yuck. Sorry but I hated this thing. 5y
readingjedi Caveat: this was never going to be my thing but I try to read out my rut occasionally. 5y
Laru79 Great review. I wanted so much to like this but just thought it was okay. 4y
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readingjedi

BOOOOOM!!!!!!

Don't you just love it when you're happily reading along and then a penny drops so powerfully that you have to put your book down and go squeeee in a corner for a brief period?

SQUEEEE!!!!!

AmyG I love when that happens. 5y
xicanti This is my favourite thing. 5y
shanaqui Best moment! I also love watching the penny drop for someone else when you know the book they're reading. My wife is especially entertaining on that front! 5y
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Clare_Riley
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What a thoroughly wonderful book! I haven‘t read the book before this, but I might just do so now. Another #NetGalley triumph!!😊