Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pie Girls by Lauren Clarke

3.5 Star

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever. 

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

Michelle - 3.5 Star

Pie Girls by Lauren Clark is one of those fun, light and easy to read stories. Searcy Roberts is a true Southern Belle. Originally from Fairhope Alabama she marries  Alton, her wealthy high school sweetheart and the two move to Atlanta swearing never to return to small town living. Searcy has it all, a lavish lifestyle, perfect home, rich friends and a husband who never says no.  Her life seems perfect, until one day it all comes crashing down.  Alton has quit his job, and informed Searcy that he is in love with someone else.

Devastated by the loss of her husband, and his pocketbook, Searcy returns home to Fairhope to lick her wounds and work in her mother’s pie shop. Sounds simple enough, but it is anything but. Searcy returns home to find out that, not only is the pie shop in danger of closing, but her mother has been battling serious health issues which make it impossible to run the shop. With an amazing ability to bake, the need to survive on her own and  the ever growing friendships Searcy makes with the Luke, the handsome bike shop owner next door, and friends of a past she had long closed the door on, Searcy slowly sheds her vapid skin and learns there really is no place like home. 

I really liked that Lauren Clark created a character who, initially seemed like a spoiled debutante incapable of taking care of herself, only to discover that in actuality she possessed a real talent and the ability to become independent because of that talent. She created a complex character that turned out to be talented, smart and resilient. 

The one drawback I would say is that the plot twists that were supposed to be shocking were predictable and easy to figure out. 

Thank you to Chick Lit Plus and the author for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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