Her sister’s shoes proves the healing power of family .
Nothing is a better set-up for a women’s fiction novel than three sisters and their shoes. Miss Ashley Farley hits pay dirt with the subject of her new book, HER SISTER’S SHOES (Leisure Time Books).
Jackie is the oldest sister and she’s about to turn fifty. She’s a perfectionist, her twin boys are growing up and not needing her help and she’s just found out hubby’s having an affair. Hello, mid-life crisis!
Middle sister, Sam has always held the family together, but with her son now in a wheelchair after an ATV accident her nerves are beyond frayed. She still has the family seafood business to run, which has seen better days and she’s putting away a few too many drinks.
Youngest sister, Faith lives in a trailer with an unemployed loser who never works, but finds the money and time to drink and abuse her and their daughter. He finally goes too far and Faith turns to her sisters for help, putting them all in danger.
Lovie is Jackie, Sam and Faith’s mother. She’s the glue that keeps the family together, but she’s getting more forgetful and absentminded. None of them wants to believe its dementia or Alzheimer’s, but the symptoms are getting worse, so they start talking about a retirement home.
Each of the Sweeney sisters is juggling challenges in the low country of South Carolina in her own way. Ashley Farley is really talented at giving each sister a unique voice and creating real-life situations many readers maybe dealing with in their own lives. My only suggestion is that an editor tighten up HER SISTER’S SHOES – perhaps cut fifty pages. I believe that would make it more pithy and succinct. Ashley Farley captures the realities of family love, being there for each other, despite being pushed away and ultimately family loyalty.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Leisure Time Books, we have one copy of HER SISTER’S SHOES to give away to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment about any relationship you have with your sister or sisters. We’ll pick a winner Friday.
About Ashley Farley
Ashley Farley is a book blogger at Chronicles and author of Saving Ben and Her Sister’s Shoes. She is a community volunteer in Richmond, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two college-aged children. Visit her website at www.ashleyfarley.net, connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and friend her on Goodreads.