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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Jun 2007
WaterBrook Press

These Boots Weren't Made for Walking

by Melody Carlson

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Cassidy Cantrell, a 31-year-old marketing executive, falls in love with a pair of Valentino boots. These boots will not only make her look skinnier, prettier, and smarter, but they’ll help her secure her long awaited promotion. Minor detail that the boots cost a small fortune.

Unfortunately, reality soon stomps all over her expectations when she is laid off, her boyfriend dumps her, and her credit card debt has skyrocketed. In distress, Cassidy runs home seeking solace and refuge. What she finds instead is her newly divorced mother converted into a ‘hot’ vibrant babe. Cassidy wrestles with jealousy and the need to find new direction for her life.

Melody Carlson has written a delightful story that engages the reader wholeheartedly in the struggles, adventures, and mishaps of a ‘real’ Christian single woman. The tone is engaging and funny. The story is like a refreshing cool drink, carefully crafted to entertain and nourish the soul. The reader will fall in love with Cassidy and through her struggles learn some true lessons. Lessons like the fact the God’s plan for our lives is always a better fit than our own plans, even if they include a pair of ill-fitting boots. Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell “invests” in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a “friend.” Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.