The Relationship Shoppe

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 242 pages
  • The Relationship Shoppe
  • Susan Paulson Clark
  • English
  • 22 July 2018

About the Author: Susan Paulson Clark

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The Relationship ShoppeA Delightful, Engrossing Read Midwest Book Review Marian Sheffield Longs To Climb Out Of The Pits, But Before She Can Transform Her Career And Romantic Life, She Must Contend With The Indiscretions Of Belle, Her Business Partner And Best Friend Along The Way, Marian Learns The Difference Between A Crush On Her Guy Friend And The Very Real Advances Of Her Company S Investor And How To Apply The Relationship Advice She Promotes In Her Own Bookstore

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10 thoughts on “The Relationship Shoppe

  1. Bill Ward says:

    This is a very realistic story, which tackles the subject of failed marriage and what happens next Marian is in her twenties and bringing up kids on her own when she meets Belle at a self help group meeting They become firm friends and start a business together selling books that will help others in similar situations They have all the problems of any start up and are fortunate to find some financial support from a banker, which allows them to open a shop as well as their internet business.I This is a very realistic story, which tackles the subject of failed marriage and what happens next Marian is in her twenties and bringing up kids on her own when she meets Belle at a self help group meeting They become firm friends and start a business together selling books that will help others in similar situations They have all the problems of any start up and are fortunate to find some financial support from a banker, which allows them to open a shop as well as their internet business.I think much of the story is very topical as it deals with modern day problems of failed marriages, bringing up kids alone, the demands of work and dating while trying to juggle all of the above I thought the main characters were well described and despite being male I could definitely relate to their lifestyles and challenges.Quite a bit of the book is about the new relationships in their lives and both women struggle to move on from the past and find Mr, Right I think this book would be of particular interest to anyone who has had a failed marriage but will also appeal to a wider audience, who enjoy an easy to read story about hope and not giving up on your dreams

  2. Janel Marie says:

    The Relationship Shoppe follows the tumultuous lives of best friends Marian and Belle as they cope with old divorces, a new business, and eveything else in between The pair are struggling to launch Stairstepz, a website and later retail store that peddles self help and advice books to, well, people looking for self help and advice Ironically, Stairstepz owners seem to be just as badly in need of assistance as their customers Belle is dealing with her divorce from a drug addict ex husband a The Relationship Shoppe follows the tumultuous lives of best friends Marian and Belle as they cope with old divorces, a new business, and eveything else in between The pair are struggling to launch Stairstepz, a website and later retail store that peddles self help and advice books to, well, people looking for self help and advice Ironically, Stairstepz owners seem to be just as badly in need of assistance as their customers Belle is dealing with her divorce from a drug addict ex husband at the bottom of a bottle and then another bottle, and another , and Marian finds herself single mindedly chasing after a male friend, ignoring the fact that someone better might be just around the corner Throw in a love triangle, a foreclosure, an unsupportive parent and a mysterious customer, and the girls have enough on their plates to send them scrambling for answers, even amidst their shelves of books.Now, you re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but mankind was also not supposed to walk on the moon or eat Funyuns, so I m going to go ahead and judge it anyway The Relationship Shoppe is a wonderfully professional looking eBook The cover image of a blurry couple walking past a funky shop is simple and effective, and makes the book stand out amongst its over done, amateurish, and worst of all coverless competition in the self published book world If having a pretty icon to put in your eBook library is all the matters to you, you can stop here you have found the book for you.For those of you who might actually like to click on your books and read the words inside, well, we can talk about the content too On the whole, I liked it It s a fun, light read, with enough heart warming and heart wrenching moments to keep the reader invested in the girls plight Every time things seem to have resolved themselves for Marian who serves as the main character in this story , another new disaster comes along, forcing her to pick up the pieces and start all over again There s romance in there, but not enough to make it a romance novel There s addiction in there, but not enough to make it an addiction novel The Relationship Shoppe encompasses a wide range of common, contemporary issues, and there should be a little something in there for a woman in any stage of any relationship.With that said, I had two little complaints about the book the pacing is a little strange, and the story is a little predictable Throughout the book, the author seems to skip over fairly important events and conversations entirely, mentioning them only in passing later on We get filled in on quite a fewmundane occurrences we get to see a great deal of Marian in her car, for whatever reason that don t seem entirely necessary to advance the story The book is in no way hard to understand or follow on the contrary, it s a very easy read but you may on occasion find yourself wondering if you might have accidentally missed a page As for the story itself, well, it s standard chick lit fare Marian spends much of the novel lusting after a friend who clearly isn t interested, while her rich, handsome investor drops increasingly heavy hints you probably don t need to know muchto figure out how that story ends.Despite the fairly typical chick lit storyline, the book does throw in a few twists and turns keep a close eye on that other love triangle I talked about and it s refreshing to see a heroine who spends just as much time worrying about her business as she does about her relationship prospects You probably won t find the book keeping you up late into the night, gripping the pages in anticipation of what comes next, but you won t be sorry you took the time to read it I wouldn t yet rank Susan Paulson Clark up there with the big name contemporary authors, but I ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her next book.From pagecandyreviews.com

  3. Pam says:

    The Relationship Shoppe A Novel is of the Stairstepz series by Susan Paulson Clark It is a romance novel but it is a little different The romance is in the background and the main focus is on getting a new business off the ground while dealing with divorces, dating, and children It is a really good book and actually is a prequel to The Relationship Riddle It is a really good book that stands by itself as well Marion Stepwell is trying to deal with her divorce, raising two young boys, holdi The Relationship Shoppe A Novel is of the Stairstepz series by Susan Paulson Clark It is a romance novel but it is a little different The romance is in the background and the main focus is on getting a new business off the ground while dealing with divorces, dating, and children It is a really good book and actually is a prequel to The Relationship Riddle It is a really good book that stands by itself as well Marion Stepwell is trying to deal with her divorce, raising two young boys, holding down a full time job, and trying to get a business off the ground It isn t easy but she seems to be holding her own but not making much progress Then in a fit of anger at her boss s comments about her new website, Marion quits her full time job and sets out to try to find backing for her new business Her partner, Belle, seems set on drowning herself in alcohol while trying to find a new husband She isn t making much headway at that since Stefan is the target Marion attends a singles class to find someone to date She hooks up with Vince Anderson, a coach and a very handsome man However, Vince has commitment issues and seems to beinvolved with others than he is with Marion Marion sets him up on a pedestal and imagines him in love with her The picture just doesn t quite make it Ruth, part owner of an antique store, has been helping Marion deal with the idea of her divorce and come to grips with it When she learns Marion is trying to get a business off the ground, she offers the assistance of her son, Andrew He helps young businesses by giving advice and offering financial help Andrew s wife committed suicide and left him with his young son, Max While he helps Marion and Belle with their business, his son makes friends with Marion s two sons Andrew is attracted to Marion but when she sets the boundaries of friendship, he accepts that Ruth and her sister Agnes begin to have a relationship with Frank Cooper, a retired CEO who helps Marion out too Frank can t seem to choose between Ruth and Agnes which causes some confusion and problems Will Belle and Marion get their business off the ground and still remain friends What will the new men in their lives have to say about their putting so much time into their business Will Belle s drinking sabotage the business and their friendship It is a great book and a quick summer read

  4. Bodicia says:

    Marian is about to complete on her divorce and start a new business As a working mother too she has a lot on her plate and a relationship is not high on her list of priorities However, she still knows a gorgeous man when she sees one and can t help been drawn to one which singles her out But she has been out of the game for so long she can t tell whether he wants a friend or a lover.What I particularly liked about this book was the way the author approached the subject of relationships This Marian is about to complete on her divorce and start a new business As a working mother too she has a lot on her plate and a relationship is not high on her list of priorities However, she still knows a gorgeous man when she sees one and can t help been drawn to one which singles her out But she has been out of the game for so long she can t tell whether he wants a friend or a lover.What I particularly liked about this book was the way the author approached the subject of relationships This book is full of honesty and humour but it is not all sweetness and chocolate There is some tough love in there and plenty of veiled advice for those who are coming out of a relationship Susan gives Marian a believable personality with all the real doubts and hormones, self esteem problems and everything else which comes with losing a long term relationship Marian still gets out there and does what she can to improve her prospects and the life of herself and her child The message is clear a relationship is a bonus not an essential accessory

  5. Cathleen says:

    The Relationship Shoppe was slightly disappointing to read The storyline is interesting but the characters were lifeless for me I had a hard time to stay interested in the story and found myself it putting it down and leaving it for hours or in some instances days I started reading this book during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend It is not a good sign if I put a book down and read others before picking it up again.The story would be much better withcharacter development I also foun The Relationship Shoppe was slightly disappointing to read The storyline is interesting but the characters were lifeless for me I had a hard time to stay interested in the story and found myself it putting it down and leaving it for hours or in some instances days I started reading this book during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend It is not a good sign if I put a book down and read others before picking it up again.The story would be much better withcharacter development I also found the writing style odd and at times muddled I had to reread sections just to make sure I understood what I had just read At other times I found myself thinking about other things while reading and had to re read pages.I almost did not pick up this book and finish it, the only reason I did is because I didn t have anything else to read at the time.So, I can definitely state that this is one book that I can t recommend I can t really remember much of the story as it was so uninteresting to read

  6. Jackie says:

    This was a fun and insightful read I was a single parent raising my daughter on my own so I was able to identify with many aspects of the story I enjoyed the friendship between Marian and Belle.

  7. Grace J Reviewerlady says:

    Enjoyable Not your typical boy meets girl story, but an excellent tale of how people become single again after thinking they were settled for life Good self awareness of the characters showed that nobody is perfect and we should all take responsibility for our actions A good read.

  8. Diane Belliveau says:

    I enjoyed the story, it revolved around start up business, and a woman s journey of self discovery.

  9. Tracie says:

    Great book with real life troubles that many can relate to Love the positive outlook.

  10. Alison says:

    Marian and Belle run a business selling self help relationship books through a website that also offers advice to those going through relationship difficulties They have their own problems both having recently divorced Belle comes from a dysfunctional family, and Marian has too young children to care for The book focuses mostly on Marian and her journey form struggling single mom to potentially finding fulfilment in both her business and personal lives.It s a good idea for a contemporary no Marian and Belle run a business selling self help relationship books through a website that also offers advice to those going through relationship difficulties They have their own problems both having recently divorced Belle comes from a dysfunctional family, and Marian has too young children to care for The book focuses mostly on Marian and her journey form struggling single mom to potentially finding fulfilment in both her business and personal lives.It s a good idea for a contemporary novel and is full of characters and events that lots of women will no doubt identify with However, I found it hard to really like the characters Marian seemed rather judgemental, of herself as well as of others and her turning the other cheek philosophy annoyed me She allowed herself to be treated badly, ignoring her ex s rude comments and jibes from Belle, supposedly because it made her a better person and was a way of dealing with conflict I wanted her to lose her temper once in a while, to bite back and say what she was really feeling to be human I found her very hard to identify with, which made it difficult to care about what happened to her, which is a shame because she has real potential as a character.I also felt that the book wasn t quite ready There are elements that need work There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth There were also issues with the timeline of the novel and events being mentioned out of the blue Belle going away on holiday with Stefan for example There were also too many convenient aspects Marian just seemed to meet people who could help her something that doesn t happen all that often in reality.Susan Paulson Clark can write and there are some very good aspects to this a cast of characters that have the potential to be extremely entertaining and a great idea for a storyline But unfortunately, it s just not quite there yet