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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Shoe Box is a work of fiction in the personal drama, emotional fiction, and Christian-themed sub-genres, and was penned by author Robert M. Moores. A touching drama that tackles its sensitive subject matter very well, this is a story in which a young girl deals with the tragedy and trauma of losing her father when she was four years old. Trapped between her past and her future, we follow Violet closely through her emotional journey to the discovery of the titular shoe box in the attic. Upon discovering its contents, her life begins to change and starts to progress forward again as she learns things.
Author Robert M. Moores has crafted a beautiful and emotionally intelligent work that deals with grief and loss in a caring fashion. One of the things which most impressed me about this story was its commitment to character and close narrative style, which not only gives us an accurate portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of the young heroine, but also a highly relatable account of how trauma and loss can haunt us from our youth. The plot's events revolve around this central theme, and the dialogue develops as the novel progresses into a relevant and uplifting conversation about how we can help and uplift one another during times of crisis. Overall, I would highly recommend The Shoe Box to readers of dramatic fiction, family saga works, and those who may need some hope themselves during a difficult stage of their lives.