Monday, May 21, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Title:  Dancing Naked in Dixie
Author: Lauren Clark
My Rating: B

Genre: Chick Lit
Series: -
Main Characters: Julia
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Monterey Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

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?  

My Review:

This is not my normal type of know I normally read a book where the romance is the focus of the story. There is romance in this book, but it's easily a secondary story line. What is the main story line is quite simply put...Julia.

Julia's mother died two years ago. Since that point in time, she has buried herself in work. As a travel writer, she is on the road constantly and it's been really easy for her to practice avoidance in her life. There's something that she doesn't want to deal with? No problem, she's leaving for Bangkok tomorrow so she doesn't have to. But after two years of living like this, it's all starting to catch up with her and when her new boss comes in and demands better, she's forced to change her ways. 

Luckily her newest assignment (although she so doesn't think it's lucky at the time) is to head down south to Alabama where everyone is forced to take life at a much slower pace. For someone who is used to traveling the globe and constantly entering into strange situations, Julia is incredibly awkward when she gets to this southern town. She's unorganized and clumsy...and completely out of her element as she is immediately thrown into the town politics and family drama. What she doesn't realize is that there is even more of both those things than she is even seeing on the surface and it's about to blow her entire world out of whack.

I liked Julia, although there were moments when I found it hard to believe that she is this world traveler with amazing writing credentials that she is supposed to be. She is such a "duck out of water" throughout so much of this book. I really felt for her...whatever can go wrong, definitely does, and this is just not acceptable when her world is already on the verge of falling apart.

I also really liked the town of really is almost a character all on it's own. The author created gorgeous pictures of it through this story and it was entrancing. 

I also really LOVED David's character and NEVER would have guessed that after reading the beginning of this book. I was definitely ready to hate him till the very end, but I had a complete turn-around with his character.

I should probably mention Shug, but I have a hard time with him since he continued to stick with Mary Katherine. I wanted him to stand up for himself more than he did through most the story. He's a truly nice guy...I just wanted more from him.

Overall this was a fun read. I definitely laughed out loud several times throughout the story. I loved watching Julia's transition as she comes to love this little town and starts to question the life she's been living in NYC (and the world). It's a book about slowing down and appreciating what you have, even when you don't realize you have it. A really great lesson!

About the Author
Lauren Clark writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. 
A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. 
Check out her website at

1 comment:

Lauren Clark said...

Christi - Thank you for the thoughtful and detailed review! It was great to read your critique ... esp from a fellow author.

So glad Dixie made you laugh! Eufaula is a wonderful place ... I used to live near there and have attended the Pilgrimage many times.

Have a wonderful day! xx, Lauren