Friday, October 12, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

5 Star

Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. As a travel writer, she jet sets to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But this perpetual motion—and her own scattered personality—catches up with her. When she stops in New York to pick up her next assignment, Julia discovers she’s on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, Julia is offered one last chance to rescue her career. She embarks on a journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. During this spring tour of historic homes, visitors flock to the city and enjoy turn of the century architecture, delightful meals, and Southern hospitality. 

Despite a series of mishaps, a trip to the ER, and one major wardrobe disaster, Julia soon realizes she’s fallen in love with Eufaula and her charming host, Shug Jordan. But when a real estate developer announces plans to turn the city into a tourist spot, Julia’s thrown off-balance once again. How could this happen? Is there a connection between Shug and the developer? And can Julia’s story help save Eufaula and the annual Pilgrimage?

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I loved this book. I think it's one of the books that I've read the most quickly recently. Everywhere I would go, I would bring Dancing Naked in Dixie with me, in hope that I would have a moment or two to read another chapter. Or even attempt to read another few lines. Yes, it was that engrossing!

Lauren's writing is very solid and she makes her characters realistic and approachable. They have flaws and hopes. They have fears and triumphs. Truly they are characters that can be identified with in big ways. From the humorous situations to the perpetual late arrivals of Julia, every situation is deftly composed so that you feel that you were part of it.

The story flowed very well and even though I'm not sure if the plot was something that would actually happen, she made me believe that it could and did. The story had enough complexity that it kept me on my toes and it even left me hoping for more. I didn't feel like anything was left out, rather I hope to just hear what the characters get up to next. Perhaps a sequel is upcoming?

I have always enjoyed Clark's writing since I discovered her previously. She is a master at descriptive writing and even though I have never been to the south, I feel like I have by the way she makes it come alive. She is truly an author who is going places - both of her books are immensely enjoyable and I recommend them to all.

Dancing Naked in Dixie is definitely 5 star chick lit.

Thank you to Lauren Clark for our review copy! All opinions are our own.

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