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Pie Girls [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Clark
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.


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  • File Size: 3658 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
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  • Publisher: Camellia Press (August 5, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MGX53RY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written! August 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love chick lit so I decided to read this book after it was recommended to me on Amazon. I have to say, this book did not disappoint and had me thinking about the characters long after I finished. Especially appealing is the main character, Searcy Roberts, whose life unfolds in front of our eyes. What a complex character.

At first, she seemed like the typical spoiled, rich girl who only talks about her Louboutins and La Perla underwear and everything else expensive and name brand. She seemed to have everything a girl could want—the husband, endless money, and a life free of worries. But her story is so much more than that.

After her husband leaves her, Searcy returns to her hometown in Alabama to help her mom with her pie shop. It is here that she begins to grow. She learns of some surprising troubles her mother and the shop is facing, and she turns into a really sympathetic character. Finally, it seems like for the first time in her life, she knows where she belongs and what she should be doing.

This novel evoked so many different emotions. At times I was angry, nostalgic, sad, happy, and then I found myself laughing. Lauren Clark’s writing seems so effortless, yet it is so cleverly written. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Pie Girls!!! August 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review..

I can say this is a wonderful book. It will make you mad, happy, sad, tearful and happy again. There are parts that shocked me but that was a good thing. I loved that it was set in Alabama as that is where I live. It is a very sweet story that I have enjoyed so much. This story is honestly a wonderful story and even though the heroin is/was a spoiled woman she pulled it together and did what she had to for herself, her mother and everyone she loved. From start to finish you will love this book.

Lauren Clark is a wonderful author of other books as well and they are all good also. Stardust Summer was a really wonderful book that anyone should enjoy.
Loved this book.... Thus the 5 star review. You won't regret reading this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pie Girls!!! August 11, 2014
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I love Lauren Clark's books and this was no exception. I do have to admit that I was a LITTLE concerned at the beginning because.... well.... I HATED Searcy! She was shrill, materialistic, shallow and generally annoying, so I really was worried about how Lauren was going to pull this one out of her hat, but she did - beautifully. I loved watching Searcy become the person she evolved into. The supporting characters were well fleshed out and likeable, and Luke was yummy. Oh, and did I mention that there are RECIPES too?? FOUR of them. Another great offering from Lauren Clark!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Romance with Amazing Characters September 4, 2014
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The 5 Second Review:
Pie Girls by Lauren Clark is a delicious (see what I did there?) romance that any fan of Phillips or Crusie would be hard pressed to put down until it was finished.

The 3 Second Review (for good measure):
Did you love Hope Floats? Yes? Buy this.

What I loved:
Searcy (the main character of Pie Girls) left her small town behind when she married Alton and moved to Atlanta to become a Rich Housewife of... but she also became a vapid, annoying, fashionista with nothing more important on her mind than what her husband was going to get her for their next anniversary.

Clark manages to create, in Searcy, an amazingly well-rounded characters that develops from a high-maintenance whiner into a strong, vivacious do-er. And the whole time I was eagerly gobbling up every word in every chapter.

Clark's ability to create characters that stick with you will keep you coming back for more.

What could have been improved upon:
I'd like to have seen a little bit slower development in Searcy's love life, but not because it felt rushed, but just because I wanted a little more here.

Why I gave it the rating that I did:
I rarely find romance novels that manage to create compelling three-dimensional characters with such grace, humor and fun as Clark's characters in Pie Girls. Like I said, If you are a fan of contemporary romances (that are sexy without graphic sex), you'll want to get this book on your eReader right away.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mary Kay Andrews in the making August 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Review originally posted on Http://sassygalreads.blogspot.com

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*** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was in no way compensated for my review.

A fellow Southern Gal!

I am so glad that I stumbled across a post by fellow blogger: Samantha from Marching Ink about a southern writer I had never heard of. Lauren Clark is a Alabama born and breed girl. Being from Alabama, this makes me feel an automatic kindred spirit with her. While a majority of the books I read do tend to be UK literature, I do appreciate a GOOD southern chick lit book.

Good honest to goodness southern chick lit is a genre that is extremely hard to find. Mary Kay Andrews is what I would call the QUEEN of Southern Chick Lit. She has a unique voice in the genre of women's fiction. In most American Chick-lit, you have Rich girl problems, and the characters tend to be more on the higher income side of things. Which is GREAT, it's also a way for those of us poor folks to escape to a different type of world.

However, Mary Kay Andrews is one of the few American authors who seems to be able to create such wonderfully fallible characters. After all, we are all fallible in our own ways. I, myself, like to immerse myself in the drama of other's lives to escape my own drama filled life. I love characters who are flawed. It makes them more real to me. I can't empathize very well with women who are in "social circles".

So, it was a breath of fresh air to discover another southern born and breed author. I have to admit, it was the fact that she's from the south that drew me to her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by KyBunnies
Originally posted at Bunny's Review

Starting out readers is greeted with Searcy. Someone who seems very high maintenance, that needs to best of everything, the latest... Read more
Published 16 minutes ago by Suzie Welker
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 baskets
First thoughts after…
What an awesome story!

How distracted did I get?
Pie Girls is a fun, spunky, Southern Belle filled chick lit! Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Tobi from Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. I'm now reading her next book
A fun read. I'm now reading her next book.
Published 22 hours ago by Peggy Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book! It was full of humor and I couldn't hardly put it down.
Published 1 day ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Big City Girl Goes Back Home To Small Town
I received this book as an arc for a honest review. Searcy lives in Atlanta big-city socialite style. She never sees her husband as he is always on business trips. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paula of Harps Romance Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Pie Girls
I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.

Searcy Roberts has more than a little problem. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Angeloris
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with humor
When I began reading Pie Girls l thought it was a story about a spoiled chic. But it was a lot more than that. Read more
Published 8 days ago by beejay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very fun read, couldn't wait to get to the next page.
Published 9 days ago by Clyde Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite Lauren Clark book!
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new book by Lauren Clark because I really enjoyed her earlier work. Pie Girls did not disappoint. And I think it may now be my favorite. Read more
Published 9 days ago by K. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Pie Saves the Day
I received this book free in exchange for a review. I don't think there is too much mystery in Searcy Roberts' story - poor girl marries rich but goes back to her roots and finds... Read more
Published 13 days ago by mjomin
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BIO
Lauren Clark is the award-winning author of Pie Girls (Aug '14), Stardust Summer, Dancing Naked in Dixie, A Very Dixie Christmas (Merry & Bright), and Stay Tuned. In her former life, she worked as a news anchor and for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family. Visit her website at LaurenClarkBooks.com.

AWARDS:

Dancing Naked in Dixie

2012 William Faulkner Novel Finalist, Short List
2012 RWA (Romance Writers of America) So. Louisiana Chapter, Silver, Single Contemp Title
2012 Beach Book Festival Award, Finalist
2012 Readers Favorite 5 Star Award
March 2012 Winner, Writers Type First Chapter Award
2011 Chick Lit Writers of the World, Get Your Stiletto In the Door Contest, Finalist

Stay Tuned

WINNER of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, October 2011
The MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW calls STAY TUNED "riveting and much recommended."
Top 5 finalist for the 2012 BookBundlz "The Book Pick" contest!
STAY TUNED awarded 2nd place in the 2012 ROYAL DRAGONFLY ebook Awards


PRAISE

"Stay Tuned is as faced-paced as a real-life newsroom. The drama on the air and behind the scenes will keep you racing toward the last page!" - Devon Walsh, News Anchor for WKRG-TV

"Loved it and you will too. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. Stay Tuned captures the drama that TV viewers seldom see. The book will draw you in and leave you wanting more." - Anne Richter, News Anchor for WWNY-TV

"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel. And it's a very true representation of the TV news industry!" - Lauren Davis, News Anchor at WVLT-TV

"The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them. I found myself wanting to steal Melissa's best friend Candace and make her my own-even if that means having to put up with an endless slew of quotes from Dr. Phil." - Emlyn Chand, Author of Farsighted

"Stay Tuned is fast-paced, fun, and a downright treat. Trust me, you'll love Melissa's hectic life and want her best friend (and Dr. Phil devotee), Candace, to give you all the right tips for staying on top." - E. McDannak, Author of The Inrugian Chronicles

"A wonderful read! I learned as much about relationships as I did anything else. However, I did laugh when Alyssa bopped Tim on the nose on air. Her interview with the doctor was hilarious, too. Let me know when you have another book out!"
-James Robertson
Mobile, Alabama

"If you like light-hearted stories about real life peppered with ominous Post-it notes, then you won't want to miss this fast and fun read!"
-Violet Davis

"Stay Tuned" is the story of Melissa Moore, a producer for the six and ten o'clock news, who has to step in and anchor the last few minutes of the news after the female anchor punches her co-anchor on the air. When Melissa's boss asks her to become the temporary anchor, she really has no choice, and the new responsibility has her examining not only her wardrobe but other aspects of her life. Melissa's husband Chris is rarely home, and they have been reduced to communicating via post it notes. Her mother, who lives in a nursing home, is also having issues. If that's not enough, the female anchor Melissa replaced is out to get her, and the new male co-anchor puts the moves on her. Even with all this chaos Melissa decides she wants to do the anchor job permanently. Will she get the job? Read "Stay Tuned" and find out!

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. From the way she described the scenes on the set, to allow us to see the longing Melissa felt for being accepted by her mother, she easily had me laughing one minute but feeling empathy the next. I can easily say there was never a down time for me in this book; the fast pace of Melissa's life set the pace of the book. The author also managed to make me believe something one minute and then, she would have me rethinking what I thought I knew, allowing for more than a few twists in the story. Melissa also had a great best friend Candace, who kept her grounded Dr. Phil style. I also thought the story line that revolved around Darius was great! I also love the quirky characters from the newsroom, from Sunshine the Weather Cat to Judd, the sports anchor. For me an added bonus was the behind the scenes feel of seeing how an actual news broadcast goes together."
-Brenda C.
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