Esme Nash has spent the past seven years of her life frozen in time. After a catastrophic event the day of her college graduation, Esme has been stuck as caregiver for her father in her hometown, all the while mourning the loss of her mother. Once destined to move to Manhattan with her college boyfriend and pursue her dream career in an art gallery, Esme is now headed to New York for a month-long stint as a dog-sitter — all thanks to the biddings of a stranger.
When she arrives in New York City, she meets Elvis and discovers that his owner, Catherine, has a shoe obsession to rival her own (only that Catherine can actually afford them). Slipping into a new pair of shoes each day, Esme realizes that stepping out into the world opens her to new opportunities and the potential for a new life.
This “what if” romance is full of twists and turns, with a deeply developed cast of characters: Esme, a dreamer recovering from devastation; Zach, a bartender with a mysterious past; Liam, a boyfriend she was supposed to have a future with; and Sy, a retired herring shop owner with a heartbreaking love story of his own. A true gem of a story, with beautifully incorporated pieces of Judaism and Jewish heritage, A Shoe Story is the perfect read for anyone who has experienced love and loss or wondered what could have been.