Lauren Clark: Pie Girls Book Review

Pie Girls By: Lauren Clark
$2.99 on Amazon Kindle

***  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.  I can't tell you how thrilled I am that I lucked up to see the post about "Pie Girls".

PIE GIRLS:  Chick-Lit served southern style...

In Pie Girls we meet Searcy, who is admittedly a little like a character as described above.  She's currently living the "high falutin' life" up in Atlanta, GA (considered the LA or New York of the south).  When we meet Searcy, she's anxiously awaiting the arrival of her husband, Alton, as well as her much sought after Tiffany anniversary gift.

Things don't quite go as planned to say the very least.  Instead of the nice anniversary evening she had planned, she gets met with news that her husband is considered: MISSING.  Now, I don't want to give away too many details...

Due to ahem...  "complications", Searcy finds herself headed back to Fairhope, Alabama.  She kinda comes back with her "tail between her legs".  Searcy comes home to her mama's house and finds things amiss.  She is upset to realize that her mama's been hiding some things.

With her mama hiding a secret, Searcy finds herself trying to save her mama's pie shop, "Pie Girls".  Hilarity and drama ensue when Searcy steps behind the counter.  After living a life of luxury in Atlanta, she's having to quickly adapt herself to the ways of the "simpler life" in "Sweet Home Alabama".

With a wayward husband, a mama hiding a secret, a landlord with an unhealthy fixation on Searcy's mama, and a hunky mechanic next door, there's plenty of fun and drama to be had in Pie Girls.

With a wonderful cast of supporting characters, Searcy's story and the beloved Pie Girls was a riot.  I honestly couldn't put it down last night, finding myself reading the final words at around, OH 7 AM....  I honestly think that Ms. Lauren Clark, could find herself becoming the next Mary Kay Andrews.  She definitely is off to a good start.  Of course, those are big shoes to fill, but I think she could do it!  At least, I'm hanging my hopes on her that she will.  After all, we can't expect our beloved authors to be book machines, continuously putting out books non-stop.  Unfortunately, they are HUMAN after all.  And I definitely prefer quality work, to quantity.

I think that Ms. Clark has a bright career in the world of fiction.  I can only hope and pray that she is able to make all the right connections, when the publishing world is so fierce and competitive.  Another fabulous southern author comes to my mind.  I can't believe I didn't think of her earlier, Linda Francis Lee.  You take the debutante from Linda Francis Lee's The Ex-Debutante mix in a little Wheezie from Mary Kay Andrews'  Savannah Breeze and you have yourself Searcy.

I definitely would give this a 5 star review.  The characters were well developed, as was the storyline.  It had a nice flow to the whole story.  It felt as if I was reading a best seller.

If you like to mix it up a bit, I beg you to PLEASE give a sweet, southern girl a chance!  I definitely want to see big things for Lauren Clark and hope that you guys will at least give her a try!  With a price tag of $2.99, what have you got to lose???

Thanks for taking the time to read my lil' blog!  I truly hope that you guys will consider purchasing Pie Girls!


 To connect with Lauren Clark:
 Lauren Clark on Twitter
 Lauren Clark's Site

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