Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Title: Dancing Naked In Dixie 
Author: Lauren Clark 
Genre: Chick Lit 
Publisher: Monterey Press
Number of Pages: 280 
Source: My Copy 

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.  With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.  Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage? 

Dancing Naked In Dixie went on a blog tour with ABG Reads, my book touring company and it was one of the few books that everyone loved and couldn't get enough of. I knew I had to give it a try when even my hardest bloggers loved it.  I have to say, this book did not disappoint me. It left me with a content sigh  and a smile on my face when I finished it.  

This book is all about finding out who you are, not being afraid to take chances and taking charge of your life. I love those themes!  Julia was just plain likable. She really doesn't want to go to Alabama. She does it to save her job, and no one is more surprised then she is when she starts to fall in love with the town and the people in it.  I loved her reactions to small town life, and realizing that maybe, just maybe there is life outside of Manhattan.  To me though, my favorite part was Shrug. He was named after some football coach in the south (Hey, I'm a Big Ten girl!) whose last name I forget. He was well, adorable. He is trying to save historic landmarks in Eufaula, and gets a lot of crap from everyone for doing it, because they think he's halting progress. I loved that he stuck to what he believed in and showed Julia it's ok to believe in something more then herself.   The writing was lol funny and you'll find yourself shaking your head at the trouble Julia somehow finds herself in.  
Dancing Naked In Dixie is honestly one of the best chick lit books I've read in a long time and I can't wait to read more from Lauren Clark.