E.J. Noyes just keeps getting better and better with each book that she writes. Her most recent novel, If the Shoe Fits, the third book in the Ask, Tell series is a wonderful example of her increasing brilliance as an author. It is also a fitting conclusion to this series.
If the Shoe Fits tells the story of Jana Fleischer, the younger sister of Sabine, who is one of the main characters in the first two Ask, Tell books. Jana has a great life. She has a wonderful family, a successful job as an attorney, and the best sister and soon to be sister-in-law in the world. Her only problem is she can’t seem to find the right man to marry and settle down with. Her family says she is too picky, and Jana agrees with them, but still can’t find that special someone. That is until she literally crashes into Brooke Donnelly, an architect who works in the same building as Jana. Thus begins what starts out as a friendship, but slowly develops into something very special.
Ms. Noyes is highly talented in creating complex and memorable characters in her stories. I remember meeting Jana in the novel Ask, Tell and thinking that I would love to have a younger sister just like her. In this story we get to see the world through Jana’s eyes. This gives us an even greater insight into her personality; all the quirks and traits that makes her the person that she is. It is also interesting to see how Jana slowly realizes that she is attracted to Brooke when she has believed for so long that she was totally straight. Ms. Noyes makes Jana real to us with every thought and action, just as she did with Sabine and Bec in the first two novels. I especially like how the author created the character of Brooke. Brooke is such a complex woman with personality traits that seem contradictory until you find out about her back story. Both characters are lovable and flawed at the same time. In other words, the author has made them human.
I fell in love with Sabine and Bec in the first two novels in this series, and I fell in love with Jana and Brooke in this book. Sabine and Bec’s story actually continues in this novel as they are important secondary characters here. You can read this novel as a standalone book, but I would encourage you to read the entire series in order if you can. All three books are excellent and well worth reading. These three novels are definitely in my favorites list. In fact they are right up there at the top of that list. I believe they will be in yours as well.
I received an ARC from Bella Books and NetGalley for an honest review.