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Pie Girls [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Clark
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 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 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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3658 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Camellia Press (August 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MGX53RY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Romance with Amazing Characters September 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pie Girls!!! August 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab your fork and dig into Pie Girls! November 30, 2014
By J. Sinn
Format:Kindle Edition
Pie Girls is a family restaurant meant to be passed down to Searcy. But, alas, she had bigger, more extravagant plans. Desperate to leave Fairfield, she climbs her way up to the top of the social ladder and marries Alton Roberts, the local rich boy—and her meal ticket to the big city. They head off to Atlanta, where she spends her days shopping at Barneys and gossiping with her fellow socialites over caviar and champagne. Ah the sweet life of the rich and glamorous.

Little does she know, her days of decadence are numbered. Her husband has been harboring a deep, dark secret—and it all comes to a head on their wedding anniversary. Given Searcy’s self-absorbed lifestyle, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy watching her suffer.

This is where it gets tricky. When I start to loathe the main character, there’s a 50/50 chance the book is going in the goodwill bin. Searcy needed to amend her ways—and fast. Surprisingly she pulled it off! Once she moved back to her hometown and started helping out around the pie shop, I quickly warmed up to her—and so did the townies. Most importantly, she charmed the super cute bike shop owner next door. It’s a good thing she did because that guy is always ready to swoop in and save Pie Girls from burning down or flooding out.

Just when the harsh reality of Searcy’s failed marriage sets in, she gets hit with another whopping bombshell. Her mother is no longer capable of running the pie shop—and it’s up to Searcy to keep it from going under. Will she stick around long enough to see it through? Will she relish the simplicities of small town life and continue running Pie Girls indefinitely?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A pie flavored triumph
This is a tale of loss,of homecoming,of finding one's self,and of find lasting love and happiness.
You will laugh,cry,smile,and wish you were eating alongside these... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cassius127
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy weekend read
The beginning of the book did not peak my interest, however I stayed with it and found it provided an entertaining story. Easy weekend read.
Published 18 days ago by candy
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to Listen to
I listened to the Audible Books version of Pie Girls by Lauren Clark. Since the story is told in the first person and Ms. Clark is a master at dialogue it is fun to listen to. Read more
Published 22 days ago by JBS
5.0 out of 5 stars loved ever bit of this fluffy chick lit
As the story opens we find brand-name dropping Searcy home alone on her wedding anniversary. She is a little annoyed at her husband for being late but she keeps herself going with... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ronnie293
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Treat!
Looking for something delicious to read? I've got just the book! It's Lauren Clark's yummy chick lit novel, PIE GIRLS! You're going to want to dig right in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by writeoncindy
5.0 out of 5 stars so good. I recommend it highly
This book was so, so good. I recommend it highly.
Published 1 month ago by Norma Manzella
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Searcy and the book
Listening to the Kindle version! Love Searcy and the book. It is a great chick lit book. Fun, funny and I really love when audiobooks are narrated by more than one narrator. Read more
Published 2 months ago by 3Dogmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A most fun read with very entertaining characters that we southern girls have all encountered in our lives!
Published 2 months ago by Janice Q. Lentz
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet little book.
I was given an Audible code for the audio edition by the author. I can't remember if the request of a review for the code was made. But anyway, a review there will be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ellen K
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Clean, Honest Small-town Goodness Book
A good, full-cast listen! The first quarter of the story is spent getting to know Searcy in her high-maintenance life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pemberley Proud
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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 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 www.LaurenClarkBooks.com.

AWARDS:
2014 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, First Place, Single Title Contemporary, Pie Girls
2014 Winner, WritersType First Chapter Contest, Pie Girls
2014 Finalist, RWA Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Contest, Pie Girls (Winners TBA in January 2015)
2013 RWA Gulf Coast Chapter, 2nd Place, Contemporary Novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 William Faulkner Novel Finalist, Short List
2012 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, Silver, Single Contemporary Title
2012 Beach Book Festival Award, Finalist, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 Readers Favorite 5 Star Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
March 2012 Winner, Writers Type First Chapter Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2011 Chick Lit Writers of the World, Get Your Stiletto In the Door Contest, Finalist
2011 WINNER of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, October 2011, Stay Tuned
2012 BookBundlz Top 5 finalist for the "The Book Pick" contest, Stay Tuned
2012 Royal Dragonfly ebook awards, 2nd place, Stay Tuned

PRAISE

The MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW calls STAY TUNED "riveting and much recommended."

"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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