by Melody Carlson

June 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7314-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Waterbrook Press
Trade Paperback

Gretchen Hanover didnít heal well from her broken wedding plans. Two years of an unhealthy, but healing ice cream diet and she discovers that sheís gained weight. Gretchen isnít impressed. When she notices that her enthusiastic Lab puppy has outgrown her tiny apartment, Gretchen decides itís time for a change.

Gretchenís favorite television show is ďFlipperĒ where people buy houses, renovate them, then sell them, hopefully for a profit. Gretchen decides this is do-able. She buys a house without her contractor fatherís approval, and then is horrified when her dad condemns the place after the sale is complete.

With the house in much worse shape than Gretchen thought, her father suggests that she hire contractor Noah Campbell. Noah carries a lot of baggage, and Gretchen isnít sure she wants to deal with it. Will Gretchen discover that renovating the heart takes as much work as renovating a house?

I loved A Mile in My Flip-Flops. It is a fun, whimsical read that held my attention from page one and didnít let go until the end. I couldnít put this book down. The faith message is solid and expertly woven in, the characters are very well-developed, and the dialog is very well done.

Gretchen is a very real character. I enjoyed getting to know her through the pages of this book, and I hoped that her plans for renovation would work out, even as it appeared to flop. Donít miss A Mile in My Flip-Flops. It is an excellent read. My copy is going on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Laura.

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