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Good Christian Bitches [Kindle Edition]

Kim Gatlin
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amanda Vaughn needs some heaven-sent help. Her husband has betrayed her in the worst possible way, and, newly divorced, she's fled with her pre-teen children to her hometown of Hillside Park, an upper-class Dallas suburb. She's happy to leave behind the shallow, Godless life she lived in California and return to the welcoming, Christian world where she grow up.

But things aren't that simple. When Amanda returns to the town and church she remembers so fondly, nothing is as she remembers it. She encounters a cast of old friends, neighbors and fellow church members who are sweet and pious as can be until Amanda's back is turned. Then the claws come out. Amanda realizes she's encountered a group of Good Christian Bitches, or GCBs. Sharon, Heather, and Darlene are as fake as their costume jewelry.

In the whirling midst of salacious rumors, Botox, and fraud, Amanda realizes that her so-called friends are out to destroy her reputation. And what's worse, it's all under the guise of old-fashioned Christian caring. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will Amanda find a way to rise above the drama and triumph?


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About the Author

Dallas native Kim Gatlin has spent most of her professional life in the fields of charitable fundraising and commercial real estate title sales. She lives in the Park Cities area of Dallas with her two children, Austin and Lauren. Good Christian Bitches is her first book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401310702
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QQXTWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT...CAN'T WAIT FOR A SEQUEL March 8, 2012
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I bought and read this book before the debut of the ABC series aired...and let me tell you...this was a great book that I am recommending to all my friends. It is well written, funny, sympathetic, and full of good morals (as far as Amanda goes)! I thought Amanda's mom was hilarious and her charity work and gumption were to be admired. Sure, she has some cat fights with local mean girls, but she rises above the drama...most of the time. Nothing offensive is in this book at all, aside from the rare use of the b word. A really cool book for hip young women and fans of the traditional chick lit genre. Humerous to the hilt. I am dying for the author to write a sequel!!!!!!! Also, I will say the ABC show GCB is not following the book totally, so fans can enjoy each separately without worrying about the plot of one giving the other one away....a delicious treat of a book. So GOOD!!!! A must read!!!!!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good "Ole Read - not Great! March 11, 2012
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Before the premiere of GCB, I felt as a good Christian (who was born in Dallas) that it was my Southern duty to read this book and see what the fuss was all about. I chuckled as a realized how loosely Kim Gatlin based this book on Highland Park in Dallas. The plot with Amanda Vaughn returning to Dallas with her two children was an entertaining light read. This book could be based anywhere as hypocrisy is not exclusive to the South! My favorite part of the book was Amanda building a new relationship with her mother. I felt like the plot raced to the end - typing up the loose ends too quickly and neatly. The TV show did not follow the book and the clothing worn on the TV show would not be worn by any good Christian "bitch or belle" come hell or high water!!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was laughing the entire time.. March 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
Im noticing some of the comments on here and have to laugh. I loved the book and could relate through the entire thing. The spoiled Highland Park brats growing up to go to SMU on daddy's dime and their mothers being the caddy Christian judging you from A to Z with a smile. My husband now understands why I quit going to Church in Dallas. The humor was great. Im sorry some think it's trashy. I can only imagine why...I thought it was a delightful way to represent the bible thumpers of the South.
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64 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate Representation of Deep South Culture. February 3, 2012
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I bought this book at the bookstore after devouring the first forty pages before I even walked out of the building. The story centers around Amanda Vaughn who returns home to HIllside Park, an extremely wealthy neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, after a failed marriage in which her husband was a serial philanderer. Since it is the neighborhood she grew up in she's taken by surprise when she isn't welcome back. Her friends, aware of her good looks despite having gone through heartache, are jealous over the fact that they have yet another rival within their ranks for male attention, even though, Amanda isn't on the lookout for datable men, she's just trying to get her life back together. Nonetheless, her friends from high school are determined to ruin her reputation and social standing as best as they can. And their main vehicle for doing so is through the Longhorn Ball charity event. As the previous reviewer stated, there are some artificial elements present throughout the book. But it isn't so much the fault of the author, but rather the social strata of which she is writing is actually very much superficial and it is to her credit that she captures it well in this book. Unfortunately, many people still think the Deep South possesses the gentility and glamour of Gone With the Wind, and while that may have been an accurate portrayal of the South during Margaret Mitchell's era and before, this book is actually representing the Deep South society in its present state much more realistically. The way they use Church activities for malicious gossip and how the true message of Christ is not lived out, is highly accurate of this element of Southern Society. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delivers What it Offers March 8, 2012
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Sure, it's trashy and the plot and characters are over the top rediculous. But with a title that's trashy, over the top and rediculous, what do you expect? I chuckled at some parts, and found myself smiling as I rolled my eyes. It was an alright book, a quick read, fun and cute-sy. However, that being said... the ending is abrput and awkward. Not to spoil anything, but after hearing the life stories and designer preferences of every darn character, I expected some sort of character arc and development. But no. The final scene ends with the characters showing they are who they are, they haven't learned a thing, and you realize that not only was there no conflict resolution, but besides overly analytical, silly gossip, there really wasn't much of a conflict in the first place.

So, I end with a "meh". 3 stars for the characters and dialogue that were quirky enough to get you into the story and give you a few chuckles... but.... that's about all you get here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining bit of fluff that starts well March 13, 2012
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GCB is a nice, light-weight read that grabs your attention right off. Consider it a airplane or vacation or sick-in-bed read. It is a interesting view into another way of life but it "jumps the shark" about 2/3 of the way through. I am not sure I will finish it since it lost me at that point. I appreciate that it is a clean read with a fantasy heroine that cares about her values and faith. The villains are two dimensional characters and their intimate lives are hinted at just enough to keep it clean but still naughty. One thing that annoyed me was the virtue of a character was pretty much defined by how well she could wear her designer clothing and those clothes had better have come from Niemans! If these sort of things annoy you, don't bother reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Title
I really enjoyed the book... thought the story was "ripped from the headlines!" I am sorry to say that good fiction usually originates in fact! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Siobhan E. Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars In retrospect, I wouldn't have bought this.
This book had some good moments, but it bothered me how snidely the author would describe the cheap clothes of the two villains: Sharon and Heather. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Mean Girls
This book keeps the reader wanting to know what new kind of drama is coming around the corner from who and where.
Published 2 months ago by Sean Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars southern gossip girl
This was a refreshing read. If you're looking for a light-hearted book about some juicy gossip and good ol fashioned revenge then you won't be disappointed
Published 2 months ago by Jamie C
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but good
A pretty good book. It was very different from the tv series but it was still a pretty good read.
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Bayley
2.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate materialist's guide to Christianity
In the right hands, this book could have been devastating social satire. It starts off with some promise, with a funny sequence depicting church ladies trading vicious gossip... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This was a fun show which met it's demise way too early on tv. It's too bad people can't see humor in things.
The book is really funny!
Published 6 months ago by Priscilla A Shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I watched the one season tv series and discovered it was created from this hilarious book. Good on tv and a good read as well. Book made me LOL!
Published 6 months ago by S. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused
The premise of a "golden girl" returning home with a tarnished halo is a great subject. Once I became acquainted with her family, "friends," and associates, I wondered why she came... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I was disappointed with the ending, but overall very good. That credit card and knowing how much money was raised, etc..... Would have been great to know ! Oh! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Delvia
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