Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 18th April, 2018


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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

#fiction #death #grief

Masha is drowning.

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.

Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…

I really enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Things so when I saw this one was available, I immediately requested it – and was delighted to be approved to receive an arc. I am really looking forward to diving back into Hogan’s quirky, emotional writing.

28 responses »

  1. Oh yes! This sounds wonderful. I am definitely adding this to my wish list. Thank you for the recommendation, Sarah.

  2. Grief is such a strong, difficult adventure, one we all must endure. Plus the potential for how that adventure plays out can be dramatic, humorous, both, and more. Sounds like you’ve found a winner here. 🙂

  3. Just finished The Keeper of Lost Things and loved it. It’s not my usual kind of read, but I love coming across this type of uplifting, humorous, slightly quirky with charming characters read. The second book sounds just as heartfelt, though it may be sad and a bit of a challenge to have to live up to the expectations of its predecessor.

    • Thank you for your lovely, nuanced comment, Claire – I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how you felt about The Keeper of Lost Things – I feel the same way:). I very much liked the lack of sentimentality in the first book.

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