Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review- Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Dancing Naked in Dixie 
by Lauren Clark

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?

After trying to deal with the tragic loss of her mother and feeling of abandonment, Julia begins to live her full speed ahead. She uses the break neck pace as a wall to keep others at bay and from getting attached. She thinks this is a good way of coping until her new boss arrives and cancels all of her fast paced plans.  Unsatisfied with her work, her new editor sends her on what she views as the most undesirable assignment ever. Julia is sent to Eufaula, Alabama. She is immediately tossed into the ringer as an outsider in a small town. While memorable cast of characters that can usually be found in a small town trying to learn about their  big city visitor, a devious plot that could change the face of Eufaula forever begins to unfold. As Julia is shown around town by Shug, she begins to see how out of control and chaotic her own life truly is. After what can at least be an eventful visit, Julia returns to the usually comforting chaos of New York City only to find herself wishing things would slow down. Several months pass and she decides to return to Eufaula for the Pilgrimage. Just as many surprises lie in store for this visit as her last.

I did enjoy reading Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark. There was so much in this book. There was some wonderful historical information about the town of Eufaula and the families that help build it. It is well written and put together. It was a delightful glimpse into the hierarchy and delightful characters that can make up a small Southern town.  My only complaint was there were a couple of times when I just wanted the story line to move along already.  However, overall it was a fun, light hearted and entertaining read. I am giving Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark 4 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Thank you so very much, Karen! I am glad that you enjoyed Dancing Naked in Dixie. Eufaula is a truly lovely place and it was great to revisit the city in this story :)

    xx, Lauren