- File Size: 887 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Camellia Press (August 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MGX53RY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Starting out readers is greeted with Searcy. Someone who seems very high maintenance, that needs to best of everything, the latest fashion with a maid and butler. But as they say looks can be deceiving. In this reading can also be deceiving.
Searcy is waiting on her husband who is late for their anniversary dinner. A celebration that Searcy has painstakingly cooked, Lamb chops almond slivered green beans and chess pie. With a husband four hours late everything is over cooked or wilted beyond eating. Searcy is mad, who wouldn't be mad. All phone calls go directly to voice mail.
I started this book on a Friday night, fell asleep reading. This did not happen because the book is boring. I was up 3 hours past my bedtime. When I got up Saturday morning I did a little house work but just could not get into cleaning. This book was pulling at me to finish. I sat down with a glass of sweet tea (yes, southern style) and finished this book.
One moment I was laughing at and with the characters the next I wanted to cry. Throughout the book Searcy is on a roller coaster, little highs with lots of lows. But somehow she manages to keep pulling herself up, a strong female character that does not take anything lying down. She goes to extreme lengths to save what is most important. Searcy is a true Southern Belle, someone who grace and acts like a lady even when an enemy is throwing mud in her face. She happily shows everyone that she is not the high maintenance female but the hometown girl that was a little lost.
This was southern fiction at its finest. A perfect read for a lazy Saturday.
Thanks for a superb read Lauren.
The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
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? Since her mother refuses to bequeath the prize-winning family recipes to anyone other than the prodigal daughter, we better hope the answer is yes!
From chapter to chapter, it was a lot of fun watching the transformation of both the pie store and Searcy’s personality. The descriptive prose transported me straight to Fairfield, where I could hear the locusts buzzing in the fields, smell the heady scent of brown sugar in the shop, and see the vibrant flowers hanging above the rows of shops on Main Street. Throughout the book, my taste buds were throbbing for all sorts of gooey goodies. Very dangerous for a girl who lives within walking distance of a bakery!
Despite our rough patch at the beginning, Searcy won her way back into my heart when she dropped the Carrie Bradshaw act and got down to brass tacks on the pie shop. I hope you’ll check this book out and give Searcy a chance too. If you’re in the mood for a light and fluffy story with a little bit of bite (not unlike lemon meringue pie), grab your fork and dig into Pie Girls.
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