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Hardcover Road Shoes Book

ISBN: 073885350X

ISBN13: 9780738853505

Road Shoes

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It starts as a Martha Stewart-style fantasy. ?When newlywed gardening magazine editor Laura Von Baden and her husband, Thomas, purchase 40 acres of land in northwestern Colorado, Laura envisions a picturesque rural retreat; and discovering she's pregnant only fuels her passion for creating the ideal country home--an escape from city stresses--for her family. ?But the dream starts to unravel when Laura and Thomas find themselves plagued with absentee...

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Two Days With No Sleep

Road Shoes is a page-turner that you won't want to put down. Reading it took a serious toll on my slumber for two days, but it was worth the sleep deprivation. Ms. Worden has written Road Shoes with a wry sense of humor, exploring a woman's deepest yearnings and fears. Who hasn't tried to prop up a failing relationship with the hope that it will turn out all right in the end? Laura Von Baden's move from the city to "40 acres of cowpies" is a vivid, sometimes funny and often poignant metaphor for the journey that unearths her own dreams and longings. In confronting the truth about her marriage and facing her fears, she discovers true love and ultimately, her true self.

A Wry Tale of Deception and Heartbreak

When newly married gardening magazine editor Laura Von Baden and her financier husband Thomas purchase 40 acres of ranch land in the Colorado Rockies, she believes they've staked a claim for their future, envisioning a landscaped homestead for generations rising out of the scabby, brown fields. But a flash flood of calamaties unleashed by the legal shenanigans of unscrupulous neighbors quickly erodes her dreams; exposing the gaping flaws she'd failed to notice in the man she thought she loved.A wryly realized tale of deception and heartbreak, Darla Worden's Road Shoes follows Laura's journey of self-discovery buoyed by a supporting cast of eccentric characers including a crystal-gazing best friend, a brother who vacillates from cowboy to New Age drummer, and a Lakota spiritualist turned cop who teaches Laura a thing or two about the enduring land around her and the nature of love itself. Laura's reverence for the environemnt deepens as the child inside her grows, propelling her toward maturity and real, grownup love--the kind that, like the land itself, can never truly be owned.Funny and bittersweet, Road Shoes is must reading for all returning-to-nature wannabees as well as the newly betrothed. I highly recommend it.

A Romantic Journey

Don't miss this lively and introspective look at a couples' changing relationship and a womans' journey to a fresh place in her life. This is no one-trick-pony of a novel. It has dimension and life, tension and mystery, heartbreak and romance. The female lead is an appealing, real woman who learns about herself and love and relationships in the beautiful Colorado landscape that the author draws very well. The colorful supporting characters are also really fun to get to know. This book is a terrific escape for any city dweller with a yearning to break free and live in the wild Rockies.

Fun Read with Important Themes

Road Shoes hooked me from the beginning. I like the way she introduces her chapters and the twists and turns of the plot. In this book, not everything is what it seems. Worden sets up the scenes well and truly develops her characters. Whether you love them or hate them (and trust me, some will engender strong emotions), you want to know what happens to them all. Her descriptions of Steamboat Springs, CO, are poetic in their beauty and paint a vivid picture of the landscape. I wasn't sure what to expect from Road Shoes but finished it with a satisfied tear in my eye. It's an impressive first novel. I look forward to her next work!

Fun read with important themes

Road Shoes hooked me from the beginning. I like the way she introduces her chapters and the twists and turns of the plot. In this book, not everything is what it seems. Worden sets up the scenes well and truly develops her vivid characters. Whether you love them or hate them (and trust me, some will engender strong emotions), you want to know what happens to them all. Her descriptions of Steamboat Springs, CO, are poetic in their beauty and paint a vivid picture of the landscape. I wasn't sure what to expect from Road Shoes but finished it with a satisfied tear in my eye. It's an impressive first novel. I look forward to her next work!
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