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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
After suffering harassment and abuse at the hands of others, two women fight to reclaim their careers, romances, and lives.

Fragile but practical Shelby Stewart and ambitious, confident Astrid Ericcson just want to start their PR careers in 1980s Boston and maybe find a nice guy to hang out with. But long-buried memories of incest at the hands of her local hero stepfather
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by TouchPoint Press
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Eileen O'Finlan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stevens has written a timely book for the #MeToo age. In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades we meet Shelby and Astrid, two young women just getting started in their professional careers. They are smart and capable and want to give their employers the best they have to offer. But for Astrid, a superior wants more than her professional talents and has no qualms about trying to force himself on her. He's a man with power in his professional milieu, so he can do and get what he wants, right? Though he is ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades tells a story in alternating viewpoints of the harassment that women face daily, on the street, at work, anywhere public really. It ranges from heartbreaking to infuriating and all the feelings in between.

Shelby and Astrid are both working in PR which was a tougher world in the '80s when the book takes place and there weren't a lot of women in their profession. Shelby has been carrying a secret from childhood, one that she has tried for so long to keep buried. But
Sandra Lopez
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelby was just re-entering the dating scene and starting a new job. Astrid was a co-worker of Shelby’s. Right away, there seems to be some work tension between them. But can you blame them? Women are competition, after all.

Story starts off fairly slow as the girls navigate through the business structure of their industry, but it soon gravitates to the taboo side. For instance, Astrid has had a crush on her boss for a while, so she doesn’t seem to mind when he flirts with her or occasionally
Pamela J
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horseshoes and hand grenades is quite a compelling story. Watching these two young talented women, Shelby and Astrid, as they try to make their way in this world with their Careers, relationships and home life isn’t an easy task.
While demons in Shelby’s past keep popping up to stir up memories full of pain. For Shelby secretly wonders how will she get over the child-abuse and the fear that no one would believe her?
For Astrid, How do you face your current abuser and still come out whole? It is
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The story will resonate with anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or harassment, which is pretty much most women today. The story drew me in from powerful page one. The story twists and turns as you follow the characters as they bond through the secrets of the past, to the challenges women face in the workplace.

The story is told through the alternating points of view of the main characters Shelby and Astrid. They are just starting their careers. Two seemingly very
Maureen Maliha
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
S.M Stevens’ beautifully articulated Horseshoes and Hand Grenades holds a mirror between the reader and the women it portrays. It is that relatable. You cannot look away-nor should you.

Stevens’ work stands solidly as a plainspoken depiction of women who travel a road far too many have shared. Her words are determined, yet lovingly drawn. A less capable writer may have needlessly substituted talking around an event rather than speaking her character’s truths and experiences in a straightforward
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S.M. Stevens is author of the #MeToo novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, nov available from TouchPoint Press.

A lifelong business writer who dabbled in creative writing on the side, Stevens found her opportunity to write fiction in earnest when she broke her pelvis in three places in a horseback riding fall. On crutches for three months and unable to commute to work, cook, clean or shuttle kids to