The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

By Ruth Hogan

Rating: 3.5/5


Favourite Quotes:

"Most people are uncomfortable about being in a cemetery if they're not there to attend a funeral or visit the grave of a loved one, but he is happy to meet me here. Unlike the Victorians who built this place, people nowadays seem to think that cemeteries are morbid places and to visit them for recreational purposes is at best creepy and at worst, tempting fate. But perhaps it is the confrontation of their own mortality that really unsettles them. After all, it is the only certainty that we all share."
“When the music ends for someone you love you don’t stop dancing. You dance for them.”

Thoughts: Ruth Hogan does a very good job painting a picture of grief and loss. I really enjoyed the quirks in all of her characters. As much as I did enjoy most of the characters, I found much of the beginning confusing and paced too slow. Ironically, the ending is where the book started to develop the best storyline. In the end it was an uplifting, heartwarming tale but didn't provide enough interaction and deep dialogue to keep me roped in.

Connection to Read-Well: Shows the simple human connections of hope and the dark secrets we carry. Throughout the book it touches on life being made up of small joys and going after those little things to make you happy instead of focusing on the big picture. The loss of someone you love does not mean you lost yourself as well.