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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Someone Else's Shoes

Narrator: Daisy Ridley

Penguin Audio

ISBN: 978-1984879295

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Publication Date: 02/07/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars

A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The Giver of Stars

Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else’s shoes?

Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope--she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That’s because Sam Kemp – in the bleakest point of her life – has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag--she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change—and that thing is herself.

Full of Jojo Moyes’ signature humor, brilliant storytelling, and warmth, Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about how just one little thing can suddenly change everything.

My Review

Master storyteller JoJo Moyes is back in her groove with her 14th novel, SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES — A witty comedy about two 40ish women from different walks of life who accidentally wind up with each other's shoes and more!

Nisha (second wife) lives the glamorous life globetrotting with her uber-wealthy husband, Carl. She is an American traveling in London.

Sam is harried, a married woman with a lot going on. She accidentally grabs the wrong bag (Marc Jacobs gym bag) at the gym and winds up with a pair of custom-made Christian Louboutin heels, a Chanel jacket, and more. She is late for a meeting and decides to wear the new found designer heels, which gives her new confidence.

In the meantime, Nisha is on the treadmill and soon realizes when she arrives in the changing room to grab her bag— it is not her bag. This bag is a cheap fake leather one, peeling at the seams, and a Marc Jacobs tag tarnished, a knock-off with ugly block-heeled black pumps.

Not today, she thinks!

Nisha arrives at the Bentley Hotel to find Carl has locked her out of the penthouse and frozen all her accounts. He has taken off with his assistant.

The gym is closed and Sam has no way to return the bag. She has a depressed hubby and a horrible boss. However, with the new shoes and Chanel jacket, she seems to be having fun for a change and killing it.

Nisha does not have many female friends but not close ones, plus she is in London. Her son is back in the states. Without money, what is she going to do?

Meanwhile, Nisha has nothing but is resourceful and takes a job at the hotel cleaning rooms where she was a guest, thanks to the friendly Jasmine. Carl wants her to find the Louboutins since he gave them to her.

Between Nisha and Sam and the cast of secondary characters, readers will laugh out loud with all the madness and clever twists. You will laugh and cry.

A highly entertaining and heartwarming novel about friendships, women's empowerment, family, betrayal, and hope. Moyes' fans will be delighted and love these two women.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

Pub Date: Feb 7, 2023

My Rating: 4 Stars


“Nobody writes women the way Jojo Moyes does—recognizably real and complex and funny and flawed—which is what makes her novels an auto-buy for me.”

—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Very few authors have the power to make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. Moyes is one of them.”

—The New York Times

“A delicious comedy that’s an ode to middle-aged women and their friendships…Give yourself a treat with the latest from Britain’s queen of women’s fiction.”


“Freaky Friday is all grown up in this heartfelt and heartwarming tale of two women in very different circumstances....From the storyteller behind Me Before You comes a story of reinvention that just might inspire you to make a change yourself—just buy your own shoes.”

—Good Housekeeping

“A heartwarming, humorous and oh-so-human story.”

—Zibby Owens for Good Morning America

“Fortunes collide in this funny, warmly told story....Life-changing, heartwarming hilarity ensues.”

—Reader's Digest

“A compelling, full-of-heart novel about the power of female friendship.”


“Charming…Moyes is never short on her trademark clever observations…[her] fans will have a ball.”

—Publishers Weekly

“[Someone Else’s Shoes] showcases Moyes’ ability to portray emotion and female friendship with themes of love, betrayal, family, and hope. It is action packed and will have readers rooting for Nisha and Sam.”

—Booklist, STARRED review

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, Still Me, Paris for One and Other Stories, After You, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Horse Dancer, Night Music, Silver Bay, The Ship of Brides, and The Peacock Emporium. Also a screenwriter, Jojo lives in London, England.

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