The Souls of Her Feet

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"This was such a fun read! I just loved it. It's a perfectly unique and modern twist on the Cinderella story. One of my favorite escapes as a child was piling into my mother's closet where we stored the sleeping bags and reading my seemingly never-ending book of fairy tales, and Kristen Caven took me right back there. She has the skilled hand that it takes to retell a fairy tale without coming off clichéd or overly sentimental. Strong voice, great characters, and upbeat pacing drive this story through to the very end. I identified so much with the cleaning-as-therapy that Ashley begins. I dearly, dearly love Harry! But my absolute favorite part is the 'glass slipper'.

—J.M. Randolph, "The Accidental Stepmom"

"A joy to read. I felt young again, and excited about love after reading. It inspired me to create a clown show based on the book so enough said there. Watch out world for this talented woman!"

Tristan Cunningham, actor, acrobat, clown

"Get me a ticket to Broadway so I can be the first to see this in the theater! Kristen Caven has magically combined all of the elements of being a teenage girl on the cusp of discovering and living her strengths with the true meaning of internal and external beauty. A contemporary Cinderella renewing the universal message to girls about the ability to overcome life's obstacles and how to make the most of the fabulous power of different. Bravo."

—Sheryl J. Bize Boutte, A Dollar Five

"Of course we all know the story of Cinderella, with its plethora of incarnations and permutations. To attempt making YET ANOTHER VERSION that's fresh and new would seem like a daunting task, but Kristen Caven has done it! I first read The Souls of Her Feet as a "blook"— a book published as a series of blog posts (a modern twist on the Charles Dickens-style serial stories-turned-novels). So when I bought the e-book, I already knew Ms. Caven's version of the story (along with the dozens of versions I've read as a mother of girls and a former kindergarten teacher).

"It's hard to comprehend, then, how this book can STILL be a page-turner when you've heard it a million times and you already know how everything turns out. But I found myself reading and reading and reading ("just one more chapter then I'll stop... ok, just one more... ok now REALLY just one more...")

The author has created well-imagined characters that are funny and real, and a little over-the-top, yet recognizable and human and likable (even the rude ones). And we know the good guys will prevail but we like hearing the story play out anyway. And we like the feel of that budding romance. And we want Ashley to have a loving home. And we love that her fairy godmother is a "hairy god-whatever" that shares her shoe size and fortunately is a cross-dresser so he can provide her with the perfect pair of heels for the ball.

I think this story line never gets old the way that Pride and Prejudice never gets old. It gives hope to the underdogs of the world."

—Pam Consear

"I loved the psychological nuances. Clearly she knows about stepfamilies."

—Ani Liggett, Endings. Beginnings...

"The Souls of Her Feet by Kristen Caven is a clever, fun read loaded with vintage shoe detail and a bit of shoe philosophy, to boot!

—Moya Stone, Overdressed for Life

From Kids:

"I would give this book a five if it didn't have swearing words. It had a lot of detail and made me cry" —Amazon

"I liked this book because as a kid i loved cinderella. But I wasn't a fan because it got boring after a while. The author should have spiced it up a little." —Amazon



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