Discussion #1: Secrets of a Shoe Addict

Alrighty Chicken Lit readers, it’s time to get started on the first discussion on book #14, Shoe Addicts Anonymous. Let’s go ahead and talk about chapters 1 through 8 with these questions to get us started:

  • Was the theme of this book what you were expecting after reading book #13?
  • Were you surprised at how Abbey, Tiffany and Loreen got themselves into trouble while in Las Vegas?
  • Doesn’t it seem like Las Vegas events only added to the women’s already precarious situations?
  • Was Loreen oblivious or just in denial when Rod went to work on her? And did you find the cashier scene laughable?
  • What about Damon – wasn’t it spooky the way he mysteriously appeared to Abbey in the casino?
  • Do you think Sandra’s money making ‘secret’ will actually rid the four women of their debt?
  • Are you concerned the women are bound to find themselves at odds with the PTA, or in Abbey’s case, the church where her husband is a minister?

We can talk about so many things so far, but I only listed a few ideas. What are your thoughts at this point?

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8 Responses to Discussion #1: Secrets of a Shoe Addict

  1. Becca says:

    Was the theme of this book what you were expecting after reading book #13?

    No, not at all. But it sure is fast paced! I like that! And so much back story!

    Were you surprised at how Abbey, Tiffany and Loreen got themselves into trouble while in Las Vegas?

    Yes! They all seem like such suburban soccer mom types, well, except for Tiffany, and look at the messes. It is going to be interesting to watch them get out of their collective issues.

    Doesn’t it seem like Las Vegas events only added to the women’s already precarious situations?

    Yes!Funny, how what happens in Vegas, never really seems to stay in Vegas…

    Was Loreen oblivious or just in denial when Rod went to work on her? And did you find the cashier scene laughable?

    Loreen may have been innocent at first, but she had to know that something wasn’t right when she ended up in that really nice hotel room. Umm..really. She is old enough to know better.

    I did love the way that she paid him, what an a** he is but that the cashier knew him was kind of an ewww factor as well…the woman with all the pennies!

    What about Damon – wasn’t it spooky the way he mysteriously appeared to Abbey in the casino?

    Not really spooky since he told her they were in the same town. It looks like he may have followed her there. There is more than that necklace at play. She has some sort of past that isn’t so respectable and he is going to be very threatening to her.

    Do you think Sandra’s money making ’secret’ will actually rid the four women of their debt?

    No. I think that it will be exposed because someone will not be careful or someone’s spouse might actually call it?

    Are you concerned the women are bound to find themselves at odds with the PTA, or in Abbey’s case, the church where her husband is a minister?

    I am not going to answer this one because I know the answer and I am not sure if you are that far in the book….are you?

  2. @Becca – great responses to the questions! I returned from vacation late yesterday, so now I’m digging my way out from under a million loads of laundry. I’ll post my response to these later today.

    Lots of reading on the car ride home… I’m on chapter 18. I just couldn’t stop reading! Where are you? Will you be ready to wrap it up soon? Let me know and I’ll adjust the timeline to fit our schedules.

  3. Becca says:

    I am in chapter 12. I can listen some more this afternoon. Hey I dinged you on Twitter! I didn’t know that you were on that! I am also doing something called GoodReads. Go to http://www.goodreads.com. You can find me under maksbestfriend. Lots of books I have there! Hubs is kind of, sort of, amused.

  4. I just finished chapter 18 – and since you’re almost done, I’ll update the timeline so that we have one final discussion instead of 2 more.

    GoodReads is great! Thanks for accepting my ‘friends’ request. How do you like my nickname? 🙂 BTW: Yes, you have quite the bookshelf on GoodReads. I’m fairly certain our hubbies are equally amused by our book addiction. Could be worse, right?

  5. * Was the theme of this book what you were expecting after reading book #13?
    Nope, not at all! I didn’t think the secret would be the new work they found via Sandra from the previous novel.

    * Were you surprised at how Abbey, Tiffany and Loreen got themselves into trouble while in Las Vegas?
    Yes. How could 3 moms go overboard in different, yet equally extreme ways, around the time of a school field trip?

    * Doesn’t it seem like Las Vegas events only added to the women’s already precarious situations?
    Absolutely. Perhaps that’s what contributed to them getting into trouble so seamlessly.

    * Was Loreen oblivious or just in denial when Rod went to work on her? And did you find the cashier scene laughable?
    Complete denial! And I actually read that cashier scene out loud to my hubs so we could enjoy the laugh together. Rod was well-known for his ‘work’, apparently.

    * What about Damon – wasn’t it spooky the way he mysteriously appeared to Abbey in the casino?
    When he started taking her winnings, I was so scared for her and hoped she’d run right out of the casino! But apparently she knew he’d be back to get her for what happened in the past. Yikes.

    * Do you think Sandra’s money making ’secret’ will actually rid the four women of their debt?
    No. They need to find some sort of lucrative money-making job that doesn’t involve hiding in basements or closets. The secrecy can’t possibly continue long enough to wipe away that huge amount of debt.

    * Are you concerned the women are bound to find themselves at odds with the PTA, or in Abbey’s case, the church where her husband is a minister?
    Yes, and they already are with both. The situation can only get worse at this rate! They need bigger help, and yet I don’t see how they are going to get it.

  6. Becca says:

    Yes it could be…think about expensive shoes! I like your name! Too cute! And you are closer to me than I thought that you were! For some reason I thought that you lived on the east coast!

    I am just now finishing the epiloque. Too funny! Really great book!

  7. Can you imagine? We’d have to start our own shoe biz just to pay for them all. At least books aren’t really expensive, unlike designer shoes. We’re perfectly justified in our addiction.

    So yes, my name is Chicken Lit’er. GoodReads actually sent me a message that started like this, “Chicken – Thanks for verifying your email address on Goodreads.” I’ve never been addressed as “Chicken” before. How funny.

    As for my location, I’m actually from the east coast by birth. The Air Force moved us around quite a bit, landing me here where I stayed after college. So really, I don’t feel like I’m from here, so to speak.

    Just bought 3 more books from B & N! I’d really like to read ‘The Beach House’ next though. Any thoughts?

  8. Scratch ‘The Beach House’. We’re doing ‘Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman’ by Elizabeth Buchan instead. I’ll post a wrap-up for book #14, then an official announcement for book #15 soon. It even has the potential for sequel reading, which is nice. 🙂

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