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The Silver Shoes: A Novel

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment.

San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinest
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Published June 19th 2018 by She Writes Press
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DJ Sakata
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

We were from the South, and Ma had been fickle. Had five husbands… We called her the black widow. She’d always say, ‘Honey, they just keep on dying.’ At least she married Daddy for love. The others she said she married out of habit.”

“Always smile like dis.” Varinska demonstrated a blasé expression with a small relaxed smile and cool eyes. “Face say: No care in vorld.” Varinska lit a cigarette, stuck it in her ivory holder, and took a drag. “Rough up! Find tender spot, they poke
Sherri Thacker
The Silver Shoes

The first thing I was attracted to was the cover of this book. The shoes on the cover are just beautiful!! This book is about a girl, Anne, who sees a pair of silver shoes in the window of an antique shop and when she gets them home, there is also a real strand pearls in the box with the shoes. The other story in the book revolves around Claire who owned the shoes in the 1920’s. It is a beautifully written story about these 2 women’s lives and how they connect to the silver shoe
Linda Zagon
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Silver Shoes” by Jill G. Hall is an entertaining and enjoyable novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction , Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction. The author describes two characters in different timelines, 1929, and the present. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated .

The two women in the novel are both searching for a sense of purpose, and something that will make them happy. These women come from different eras, and yet there are similarities and differences be
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anne lives in San Francisco and her boyfriend Sergio lives in New York. They have been maintaining a long distance relationship for quite some time and neither one of them is quite happy with the arrangement but his job is in his city and her life is in hers. She is willing to relocate but not without a commitment from him that they will get married. On her most recent trip Anne wanders in to a vintage shop and falls in love with a pair of rhinestone covered silver shoes. They fit her perfectly ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Silver Shoes is an entertaining story with a dual timeline. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of Clair in the late 1920’s and Anne in present day!
3 stars.

**I received this e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Net Galley!**

Writing Style
Hall's writing style for The Silver Shoes took a lot of getting used to for me. The best way I can describe it is quick. It was very fast paced, almost to the point where I felt like I was missing details on the plot, the characters, even the dialogue.

I really enjoyed the plot. Having the connection between the two different generations be the shoes was a clever idea. I will s
Heather Donovan
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am very much in the minority here when I say that I did not enjoy this book.

**Spoilers ahead**

What was the point of the dual stories? Did I miss a connection somewhere? Yes, Anne bought the shoes that Clair had worn in 1929. I kept waiting for the big 'reveal'; the one huge part of the story that connected the two women. Was she Anne's long lost great-grandmother? Aunt? Third-cousin twice removed?

This just did not work for me. I lacked any kind of connection to either woman. Both were weak c
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jill G. Hall's novel, The Silver Shoes, tells the tale of two women connected to the titular shoes. Anne is an artist who lives in San Francisco but her boyfriend Sergio lives in New York City. On one of her visits to Sergio she visits a thrift store where she finds an amazing pair of silver shoes. They even fit her feet, which are on the large side. (Sergio affectionately calls her "Bigfoot".)

Anne wants Sergio to ask her to move in with him, or even better, to marry him. She would like to know
Andrea Guy
I was totally taken in by the blurb for this book, because I love Beatriz Williams and this looked like it could be a similar style of book, and in a way it was.

Jill G. Hall writes a very fast paced novel from both sides of the story, both the present and the past. I just wish she would have done a little more research in some of the little details. The Big Bang Theory was referenced and Sheldon became Sherman...and Claire's father in 1929 bought A T & T stock. There was no A T & T until
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The Silver Shoes is about a pair of silver shoes discovered in an antique shop by an artist in present day. She's mesmerized by the shoes and buys them only to wonder what their history is and who their original owner was. As she struggles with her art, she also struggles with her relationship and where it's all going. At the same time the book goes into the history of the shoes and who owned them originally. Clair the original owner was brought up in the late 1920's in an affluent home by her f ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Silver Shoes by Jill G Hall is a really fun and light hearted feel good historical and contemporary read. With a dual timeline of 1929 and present day, the reader is in for a real treat.
Subtle overlaps of the stories entice the reader to believe that the past is not dead but alive and breaking through every now and again.
Both time periods have strong female characters that get caught up in the conventions of the day. A woman's role in 1929 was subservient to her father or husband. "I'll take
Aida Alberto
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. I loved, loved, loved this book and so will you. From the moment I started reading I couldn't put it down so pick this up today and prepare to be enchanted by this well told story. Happy reading! #TheSilverShoes #NetGalley
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Silver Shoes is as entertaining as it is pleasing to read.
The cover alone was distinct in that it took me immediately to the sights and sounds of the Flapper and/or Vaudeville Age before I even started to read.
A dual timeline meshes well between 1929 and the present in a way that the reader doesn't feel lost.
Clair and Anne are well rounded characters who share a commonality and a yearning for purpose that only time stands between, 90 years to be exact.
This is a lively, fast paced read tha
Caitlin Keely
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Anne is a thirty-something artist who has made a bit of a name for herself in San Francisco. She travels to New York as often as she can in an attempt to make her long distance relationship with her Italian-American boyfriend, Sergio, work. The two of them come from vastly different backgrounds and are polar opposites. Yet, after being together for over two years, they seem to have fallen into a comfortable pattern.

During one of her visits to New York, Anne stumbles upon a secondhand shop and d
Joan Kegler
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me, got an advance copy of Jill's new novel, The Silver Shoes! It was a real page turner and keep me captured in the lives of the key characters. When I like a book, I read the whole thing in a couple of days, as was the case with this novel. It left me wanting more...I'd like it to continue on in a third novel. I want to know what happens next!
Mariah McKenzie
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I mostly read non-fiction, I do enjoy a certain kind of novel. After trying out The Black Velvet Coat, I found that Jill's books are just my type--sweet and easy to read! Jill is a natural storyteller, creating compelling characters and dual plot lines with ease and flow. I appreciate and am drawn to the premise too--oh the stories our "things" can tell! This book is a "draw a luxurious bath, light a few candles and plunge in"--that's what I did. And I finished up the next night with th ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
The Silver Shoes is an entertaining and upbeat read and Jill Hall is back with a story that is as good if not better than The Black Velvet Coat. Readers really get to know the main characters easily. The author emphasizes the themes of freedom, women’s agency, and demonstrates how much has changed over the last century for women, in particular the institution of marriage in the United States. Through its colorful characters and engaging storyline we read about the timeless desire in all humans t ...more
Beatrice Followill
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book , The description of the shoes alone had me , and the characters come alive as they each tell their story , Clair in the 20's having learned a secret about her past while she's trying to figure out who she is , in those times her father picked the man she was to marry but she wanted more out of life and finding life and fun at the speakeasies, then Ann who lives in the present with her Art and , wanting to marry , she finds her voice as well, when she happens to buy the Silver sh ...more
Romalyn Tilghman
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally charming, capturing the essence of the creative spirit. Hall describes artistic process, human nature, time periods, and landscapes and cityscapes with equal deftness. It's easy to get caught up in the story, cheering for our heroines to find their own ways, as they battle the tug of war between self-expression and outside influences. Delightful to sink into a world of collage and jazz, painting and dancing, human achievement and foible, in environments as different as New Y ...more
Krista Ricchi
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the cover of this book instantly and I knew I had to read this book. This book takes you on a journey for two separate woman and connects them to the amazing pair of shoes. Both stories are beautiful and I loved how they entertwined. I enjoyed this authors writing style and she did an incredible job telling the story in such a unique way. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
R.D. Kardon
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an engaging, readable second book from Jill Hall! The Silver Shoes takes us to New York during two eras- the present day with artist Anne McFarland, and the 20's and 30's with young debutante Clair Deveraux. Their stories run in parallel and then, as we have come to expect from Hall, intertwine and come together thanks to a pair of silver shoes! Bravo! Pick up a copy as soon as you can- you won't be able to put it down.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I loved this book. Very interesting book about the speakeasies and the music of the era. Loved the magic of the silver shoes. All mixed in with family secrets and the desires of some very strong characters. I could not put this book down. I highly recommend reading it.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I want to call this one a timeslip book, but it really isn’t. The only thing that exists in both 1929 and today are those titular silver shoes. But the action does alternate between those two eras, with Clair back in the age of Prohibition, flappers, speakeasies and the Great Depression, and Anne today.

Their lives should seem far apart. And they kind of are – but they mostly aren’t.

Besides the shoes, they are linked by two things. They are both constrained
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anne has been struggling in a long-distance romance with long-time boyfriend, Sergio. Anne is an artist based in San Fransisco and Sergio a New York City designer. Anne wants Sergio to buckle down and commit to the relationship, but that may not be where either of their hearts lie. On a trip to New York, Anne picks up a pair of antique rhinestone shoes. With the shoes comes a strand of pearls and a hidden picture of two flappers wearing just those shoes. The shoes inspire Anne to create several ...more
Jessica Higgins
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much fun getting to know these women and watch them achieve fulfillment in their lives.

Anne McFarland is in the middle of a cross country romance. Her boyfriend Sergio lives in New York City and she loves visiting the him and the city too, but she is currently residing in San Francisco. While on a trip to visit Sergio, Anne stumbles into a vintage antique shop and finds a pair of old shoes that must have a story attached to them. As an artists, these shoes give her an inspiration and she buys
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Again, I have to divulge that Jill Hall is a friend so I am biased towards loving her work. The Silver Shoes is a lively confection, and she deftly creates two American cities where girls’ dreams can come true. Like Black Velvet Coat, the novel weaves two narratives. With one, she continues the story of Anne, a San Francisco-based artist, and her bicoastal romance with the dashing Sergio. Their relationship starts strong until Anne’s fixates on wanting a marriage proposal. The contrast between t ...more
Adam Lottes
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heart-warming, up-lifting tale told through two different but driven women in two very different periods of time. Reading the words of Jill Hall makes me feel like there is magic in the air. Maybe it's just my excitement to be reading another one of her delightful books. At any rate, the words roll off the page with a twinkle that makes me grin.

We are reunited with Anne (who made her debut in Ms. Hall's first book, The Black Velvet Coat) who is a slightly more successful artist who is not stru
Angel Pickard
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Leanna Mattea
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story by Jill G. Hall, a new author for me. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
This is alternating stories of Clair Deveraux, a young girl in New York in 1929, and Anne Mc Farland, in modern day San Francisco.
Claire lives with her father, a wealthy, controlling man, in a luxurious
Manhattan hotel. She is very sheltered and her father promises her to a much older suitor with money. You know how this story will progress.
Clair meets Winni
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I very much enjoyed Jill G. Hall's previous novel The Black Velvet Coat and was thrilled to pickup The Silver Shoes and be met again with Anne from The Black Velvet Coat. The book opens with Anne purchasing a unique pair of silver rhinestone covered shoes from an antique resale store. When Anne returns home, she discovers the clerk also included a pearl necklace in the box and a photo of two women from the 1920s. Anne is able to determine that the photo was taken at Rudy's, a well known speakeas ...more
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