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In the Heart of Texas: A Novel Paperback – October 25, 2016
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“A laugh-out-loud look at growing up at any age told with honesty and warmth.”
—Books & Life
“Funny, smart and compulsively readable! Ginger McKnight has a hit on her hands. And Terry McMillan fans can rejoice that they can add a new favorite writer to their list!”
—Heidi W. Durrow New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
“Everything is bigger in Texas―the hair, the real estate, and the drama in the pages of In The Heart of Texas. Forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph manages to lose her Hollywood dream and burn all Tinseltown bridges in the span of 24 hours―literally. Caught in a PR nightmare, her agent ships her off to her Texas hometown and she desperately tries to reconnect to life beyond the limelight.”
“Ginger McKnight-Chavers expertly fuses politics, pop culture and hot topics surrounding race to create one of the most rousingly inspiring reads of fall.”
"Readers seeking a peek behind the scenes of Hollywood will want to rush out and get this debut novel. First-person narrative can be tricky, but McKnight- Chavers nails it.”
—RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
"There’s quite a bit to like about McKnight-Chavers’ debut novel…The bold move of writing about the challenges of a interracial relationship offers a fresh take on romantic comedy themes.”
About the Author
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ginger McKnight-Chavers is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. She was a Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College and her debut novel, In the Heart of Texas, will be released in Fall 2016 by She Writes Press. McKnight-Chavers currently blogs for the Huffington Post and The TexPatch, and she lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, daughter, and an overweight West Highland White Terrier.
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With Jo trying to stay out of the limelight while reconnecting with family, the opportunity to work with kids as a teacher presents itself in a way that she didn't see coming. As she makes the transition of living the star life to a somewhat normal life, a President's visit to the school will bring her right back in the spotlight that will have consequences on her future. With Jo having to choose what life is better, she finally makes a decision that will finally bring her peace in her life with a happy ending that she has been looking for!
This book was amazing and if I didn't have to do any unexpected real life stuff, this book would had been read in a day! I have to admit that at first, I couldn't stand Jo for what she was doing but after getting to know her family and friends, she quickly became one of my favorites in the book for what she was trying to accomplish in her life. The way the book ended was just perfect for what the story told and who can't beat adding a West Texas sunset to end the story!
Thank You to Ginger McKnight-Chavers for writing a great debut novel that I can't wait to see what is to come in the future from you!!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from BookSparks : FRC 2016!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
Now, it's back to Midland with her tail tucked and everything she'd gained lost. Or was it?
I really liked this book, a lot. It was very entertaining. This girl had 3 guys in Midland vying for her affections (well, let's count out Curt because he's a scuzzball) and a summer job teaching drama at the local high school where she went as a girl.
The story was definitely entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I would definitely recommend reading it to anyone. There are some crazy characters though. The family get together's are a hoot. I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends.
Huge thanks to She Writes Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I was really sad to get to the end of this one, I wanted more!