June 18, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie: Lauren Clark

Julia is use to the fast paced life, living in NYC and spending most of her time passing through airports to exotic locations as a travel writer for Getaway magazine. She has to meet with her new boss thought and he has other plans for her. Knowing Julia's past David sends her to Eufaula, Alabama. Julia has to write the piece of her life to save her job, but as she tours the town and gets use to a slower pace Julia learns there might be more at stake then just her job.  With the slower pace she has to face her past, her future, and the past of others in her life too. As some of the secrets just might need to come out and be saved now.

I could relate to Julia and I think that is part of why this novel really appealed to me. She is as accident prone as I am at times. She is just built as a well rounded character for me. We didn't get all of her background at the start, but all was revealed as we needed it, which I appreciated and I think added to the readers experience.

Two thing I would have liked more is a bit more description about some of the characters looks and the settings. I had some very general ideas of what the houses she was touring looked like. But at times I wanted more to get a better picture. As odd as it is I would appreciate pictures with it, to give the readers some general ideas. And I would have liked to read the article that Julia wrote that made the difference in the story. Overall, those elements being missing weren't enough to distract me from the aspects of the book that I liked, so I still recommend it.

I would give this book 4 stars as it kept me reading and I liked the development of the main character and the development of the plot. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy chick lit and those who are interested in travel, seeing different places through different eyes.

This review is part of chick lit plus blog tours.

I was provided a copy of the book for review, but the summary and thoughts on the book are mine.


  1. Thank you so much for the thorough and detailed review!! I really appreciate your honest feedback ... I can tell that you put a lot of thought into this post !! Description is a difficult balance sometimes for authors, me included ... it's a struggle between too much and too little (either way can turn readers off), but in this case I have to agree that Dixie could have used more character description. I will certainly keep your comments in mind when I think about developing more adventures with Julia!!!

    I appreciate you sharing your review and having me here on the CLP Tour! xx, Lauren

    1. Thank you for the comment on the review. I did enjoy the novel and look forward to more of your works.
      Leaving us wanting more for the description is not always a bad thing too, so I did appreciate it all. I understand that is a fine line that you have to walk in your writing and appreciate how you do build the characters.

  2. Emily ~ It's great to get feedback from avid readers and experienced bloggers like you! I welcome the comments :) I'm really glad you are a part of the Dancing Naked in Dixie tour! xx, Lauren