Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dancing Naked in DixieDancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I am amazed that I liked this book as much as I did.  I did not find this a light read, something to be finished with in one night.  I found this book something that I had to put a little effort into and I really liked that.  This book is not fluffy drivel---it is several stories in one and has an ending that I think I should have seen coming, but still didn't expect.

We open with our heroine Julia needing to meet with  the new owner of the travel magazine that she works for, who also happens to be her estranged father.  She is threatened with unemployment by her father David unless she does a good job on a new feature David wants to introduce in the magazine.  

So off Julia goes to either redeem herself or to totally screw up.  But really, instead of this being a book that concentrates on traveling and the best sights to see in Eufaula Alabama - it turns into more of a mystery, not a murder mystery...but almost!  It is about a small town and the man who loves the town and all it represents, the man who would save a town no matter what.  It is a story about adult children learning that their  parents aren't always what or who they thought they are.

And most importantly it is a story of love.  Love of a culture, of place and of a man and a woman.

This was an emotion filled book with many funny moments.  The author uses vivid but never trite descriptions of the old South.  The characters are written as to be both likable,yet with flaws.  some of these flaws you may not think you can get past, but you can't help yourself. You may just find yourself doing as I did and falling in love with them all.

If I have any complaint it is that I wish that the love between Shug and Julia had been explored a bit more.  Actually I am hoping that we will revisit Eufaula and find out how everyone is doing --this is a story that needs more telling!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much Dianne! I am so glad that you indulged me and kindly read Dancing Naked in Dixie! It's a lovely city, full of history and magic, and the people are just wonderful. Can't wait to visit in August at Shorter Mansion!!! Hope Shug and Julia can make it!

xx, Lauren

Dianne said...

I truly loved your book and the people in it. I can';t wait to read more of your work.

I am glad you brought this book to my attention and I'm glad I decided to buy it and will now make sure you are on my 'to be purchased' authors list.

Happy writing!