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Secrets of a Shoe Addict (Shoe Addict #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,417 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
Every woman has a secret. The question is: How far will she go to make sure it stays secret?

Abbey Walsh never wanted anyone to find out about her shady past. After all, she’s the wife of a minister now, living an exemplary life. That is, until someone shows up from her past with blackmail in mind . . .

Tiffany Vanderslice Dreyer never dreamed that she’d find herself up to h
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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May 27, 2008 Anika rated it did not like it
I read this book in order to review it for Library Journal. If I hadn't had a deadline, I would have never finished it. It is a sequel and I'm just thankful I didn't have to read the first one. Fluff, sex, and more fluff. Worse, there was an attempt to be deep that fails miserably.
Jun 24, 2008 Ramona rated it really liked it
Hilarious! Fast paced and fun! It is about a group of Moms who go to Vegas for their school's band tournament and get into financial trouble. They use some unorthadox method to earn money all the while working on their relationships with the men in their lives. I highly recommend it! :)
Eliabeth Hawthorne
Nov 06, 2012 Eliabeth Hawthorne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Laughed? Check.

Cried? Check.

When you find yourself sitting in a parked car, unable to leave because the CD isn't at a stopping point, you know it's a 5 star read. Secrets of a Shoe Addict was one of the funniest books I've ever read, but as I'm sure you figured out from the summary, it is not a book for all audiences.

The characters were real. They were human, complete with flaws and insecurities and their stories were hilarious. One of the characters went on a series of bad dates that rivaled my
Aug 07, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I found this to be an enjoyable book. I liked it better than the previous one, Shoe Addicts Anonymous. This book featured one of the four main characters from the previous story, Sandra Vanderslice, and introduced three other lead female characters. As in the first book, all of the main characters had severe issues to face, but this book came across as a bit more light-hearted and humorous, which kept it from having the depressing feel of Shoe Addicts Anonymous.

Loreen Murphy, one of the parents
Jul 06, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
Such a fun read! It really made me want to be a sex phone operator for extra cash. Unfortunately my husband put the kabosh on that :)
Jul 22, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I read Harbison's prior Shoe Addict book back in 2008 and enjoyed it. I hadn't seen anything from her since then, until noticing that a friend on Goodreads tagged Harbison's newest novel as "to-read." When I went on my library's website to request it I learned that Harbison had been quite busy between 2008 and now. I decided to start with this book since I'd read its predecessor.

I was rather confused when I started reading because none of the characters were the same as in Shoe Addicts Anonymous
Aug 03, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
After devouring Beth Harbison's first novel, Shoe Addicts Anonymous, I was excited to find Secrets of a Shoe Addict at the bookstore and quickly purchased it. This novel is good; but it's definitely not as good a read as the initial Shoe Addict book.

Secrets starts off with three PTA friends and their children on a trip to Vegas. Loreen is separated from her husband and lonely, until a handsome stranger notices her at a hotel bar. Abbey, the preacher's wife, runs into an old acquaintance that bel
Laurie Armstrong
Jun 25, 2008 Laurie Armstrong rated it really liked it
Shelves: chiclit, comedy
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Jul 20, 2013 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
Just finished this "sequel" to Shoe addicts anonymous that I read so long ago I didn't even remember much of it. Anyhow, it didn't matter as this book can stand on its own.
I love Beth Harrison's books. They are totally enjoyable, little bit of fluff but not too much with plenty of laugh out loud moments especially the blind date with Sandra and the puppet. It's the story of three women who get financially in trouble from a Las Vegas school trip and need money really fast. The sister of one has
Jen Tucker
Oct 04, 2011 Jen Tucker rated it it was amazing
My friend Erin told me that I had to pick up a book that she could not stop laughing about, and referred to as “true chick lit.” When I read the first sentence of this novel, I was hooked. How could I not be? “Loreen Murpy hadn’t meant to hire a male prostitute in Las Vegas.” I answered that sentence aloud with my own retort of, “NO! She did NOT!!” I even covered my mouth as I laughed, knowing this was going to be the start of something great! Beth Harbison’s Secrets of a Shoe Addict reeled me i ...more
May 15, 2009 Cecily rated it did not like it
This was a quick, somewhat entertaining read, but I wouldn't recommend it because of explicit and quite crude language. I saw this on the "recent release" table at the library, read the blurb, and thought it'd be a good read--probably having to something to do with shoes, which I happen to love. I should have just stopped reading 1/3 way through when the ladies start working as phone sex operators. The story line wasn't worth having to read through the explicit/crass material. I was hoping for m ...more
Jessica Nardulli
Apr 02, 2014 Jessica Nardulli rated it liked it
This book was a very fast read. The characters are interesting in their own ways and fun to get to know (I was also pleased to realize that this, while it didn't feel completely like a sequel, relates a lot back to a prior book of Harbinson's. You can definitely get by without reading book 1, but I'll probably go try and find that one now.) The plot is entertaining, and I was really rooting for each woman as they dealt with their lives. Plus, now I can say I've actually read a book that deals wi ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: grown-up
While on a school field trip in Las Vegas three "perfect" women who are wives and mothers make some costly mistakes. One accidentally hires a male prostitute, one goes on a crazy shopping spree, and the third comes face to face with secret from her past. They leave, distraught, feeling like failures and wondering what they can possible do to fix things. Amazingly, they all come together for a common cause (their huge debts), find friendships they did know they had, and come out stronger and bett ...more
Kat E.
Nov 14, 2014 Kat E. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has a sense of humor and a dirty mouth.
When I first read this book I didn't realize that it was a sequel- it can stand on it's own which is something I greatly appreciate. I do like a good series but unfortunately I've noticed a lot of authors these days are writing the first book and then leaving a cliffhanger so you're forced to keep buying their books just to find out what happens in the initial plot. This book isn't like that. You can pick up the book, read it, and it's over.

On to the book itself- I found it to be funny, surpris
Chicken Lit'er
Jul 05, 2008 Chicken Lit'er rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit readers interested in friendships, relationships and family.
Shelves: chick-lit
At first I thought this book would be about the shoe club from Harbison's previous book, "Shoe Addicts Anonymous", yet the plot thickened with additional characters and page-turning twists that held my interest until the final page. A sheer delight!
Aug 09, 2008 Marissa rated it liked it
It was a good story about women overcoming some obstacles. However, if anyone else is interested in reading this, I should warn you that it was more graphic than the first one. Overall, not my favorite and not as much talk about shoes as in the last one.
May 24, 2015 Cyndi rated it really liked it
This is a kinda cute book. Character development went well.
Inge (Inge1990)
This is a fun and easy readable book. I thought the story itself was a bit strange, but just to read it in between it is a good chick lit. It is fun, and quite a page turner. And the best part is: you don't have to think!
In this book you read the story of 3 friends who come in trouble in Las Vegas. They decide to pay off their debt by becoming phone sex operators. They ask Sandra the sister of Tiffany for help. She has a addiction for shoes and used to be a phone sex operator to be able to supp
Jul 30, 2008 Sonia rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The author does a great job building characters and story line, but I just didn't like the graphic descriptions of their jobs. However, I laughed so hard during the date with the ventriloquist and I'm always a sucker for a happy ending.
Aug 14, 2008 Dana rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. When ever I picked up the book I didn't want to put it down. It is a quick read and you can really dive into the characters and understand how they are feeling.
Aug 20, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
Definitely a fun read. Even more funny because I've been joking with friends lately about becoming a phone sex operator to supplement my income (or lack of) from getting no money from Len! Good book, definitely recommend it!
Jul 12, 2014 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio, chick-lit
Three seemingly normal moms find themselves in big-time financial trouble practically overnight. Yes, a couple incurred the debts in Vegas, but not by gambling. They found much more creative ways to lose money. They found an even more unconventional way to make money, not illegal but somewhat morally questionable. The story has its hilarious moments as the women deal with one crisis after another. The author does a good job of making her characters seem real, and the narrator in this audio versi ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! I literally just finished this book and loved it. I think it was even better than the first, with great characters and a great story line! Definitely a summer must!
Aug 19, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
Cute enough. Light, simple, fun. A little dirty at times, as they take jobs as phone sex operators (as told on the inside jacket - not a spoiler, don't worry!). But cute enough
Roz Curney-Sherod
Jan 19, 2016 Roz Curney-Sherod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than the first one titled "Shoe Addicts Anonymous" by the same author. This installment was more focused on real issues that some women have after getting too comfortable in their family situation and what happens when they finally let their hair down! Some of the situations the three main characters got into were really funny when they went to Vegas for a simple school band competition. Each of the three characters including (one from the first book) Sandra, all had a H ...more
Erin Carr
Aug 05, 2012 Erin Carr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Hilarious chick lit at its best!
Apr 21, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
What a cute, fun read! The end of the semester is thisclose and as much as I love reading non-fiction, my brain is rebelling against it right now. It wants fluffy, light fiction and this fit the bill perfectly.

We meet our 3 of our main characters - Loreen, Tiffany, and Abbey - all PTA moms in Vegas with their kids for a band (I think it was band) competition. Antics ensue and by the end of the trip Loreen has accidentally hired a male prostitute, Tiffany has spent big bucks on deisgner clothes
The follow-up to Shoe Addicts Annonymous is not a direct sequel, but does have one character, Sandra that recurs. The main plot involves the mistakes that a group of women make while in Las Vegas (one of whom is Sandra's sister, Tiffany). Tiffany splurges on clothes that she cannot return, Abbey gets blackmailed by a former boyfriend, and Loreen accidentally hires a male prostitute and then gambles to try to win some money. In order to get their financial situations back on track, they follow Ti ...more
Jul 16, 2011 AJ rated it liked it
It took me 5 freaking months to finish this book. I'm telling you, when school starts, I teach and then, I spend TOO MUCH time in front of the computer. I just don't take time to read. This is my 2010 resolution - take more time to read. So, in August, I started reading Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison.
Here's a resume of this book:

It's about four women brought together by—in this case—not shoes but debt. During a fateful trip to Las Vegas as chaperones of a school band trip, Loreen Mur
Dec 04, 2013 Lthelibrarylover rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was disappointed to find that it wasn't a direct sequel to Shoe Addicts Anonymous. I really enjoyed the first book, especially the characters. After a couple of chapters I forgot all about this as I got to learn more about the new characters. They are just as loveable as the ones in Shoe Addicts Anonymous. It left me a little confused about why this book was tied to the first one. I suspect it is because the this novel is only the second one written by the author and s ...more
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