Format: Trade Paperback
Published: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Monterey Press
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from amazon.com):
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?
When you life is moving at a mile a minute it sometimes takes a huge change for you to realize that you are not living to your full potential.
Julia Sullivan seems to be living a life that I would love... travelling all over the world with the purpose of writing about the brilliant beaches, the amazing arcitechture and the vivacious lifestyles. In fact, if I were a singleton, this would seem like the dream job. I loved the character of Julia. She was well written and well developed and most of all, she wasn't perfect and to me, a character needs to have flaws in order to be relateable. Her clumsy ways were near and dear to me because I am accident prone and I love reading about others who are like me.
As for the other characters in Dancing Naked in Dixie, I found most to be enjoyable with my favourite being Shug. I have never once travelled to the Southern states so can't judge whether the characters were accurately portrayed but I do know that the stereotype that I have was bang on... LOL! I am a huge fan of Southern fiction and have actually found myself being more drawn to this lifestyle and found this story to be just perfect!
As a fan of Sweet Home Alabama, I fell in love with Dancing Naked in Dixie. It had such a wonderful mix of Southern charm and 'down home' goodness that it left me swooning at each turn of the page. Lauren Clark has once again hit a home run with her characters, her romance and her overall ability to tell a story.
Overall, if you read Stay Tuned and were a fan, Dancing Naked in Dixie will be a must-read.
“This is a very fast paced story that is often laugh out loud funny, but it also has its somber moments. The author’s storytelling ability allowed me to actually visualize the story as it unfolded.”
-Brenda C, Readers Favorite
Her characters are real women; smart and sassy, who tackle complicated issues with tenacity and intelligence. Readers will empathize and relate to her flawed yet likable heroines. A former TV anchor and journalist at WWNY and WTVY, Lauren’s stories allow us an insight into the excitement, drama and fast- paced world of media.
“Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel.”
-Lauren Davis, News Anchor WVLT-TV
Lauren is a reformed news junkie, a non-reformed coffee drinker, and an official library geek. Her big loves are family, paying it forward, eight hours of sleep a night, and homemade macaroni and cheese. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast where she is surrounded by family and and true-blue friends that inspire her writing and keep her sane.