#Review: Pie Girls by Lauren Clark @LaurenClark_Bks
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.
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by Lauren Clark
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 is 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.
Enjoy an excerpt:
“Are you sure that the baby’s mine?”
I feel faint and the room starts to tilt and swim. “Whatever are you talking about?” I demand, doing my best to sound indignant. “Of course it’s ours.”
Alton turns his body to face mine. “I’m asking, because it’s impossible,” he explains.
My lips part. I try to form words. What is he trying to tell me?
“Searcy,” Alton leans closer. “I had a vasectomy. Six months ago.”
“What?” I squeak. “How? When?”
“You were in California with Phillipa.”
My hands begin to quiver. I brace myself on the sofa.
Six. Months. Ago.
I feel sick. I want to throw up. Or launch myself out the window.
My husband’s gaze doesn’t waver. He’s serious.
“You see,” Alton continues gently. “The baby can’t be mine.”
I can’t speak or take a breath. All at once, I am furious. How dare he do this to me? Of all of the underhanded, rotten, selfish things to do to a wife. How could he take this away from me? From us?
Usually, I’m a calm, rational person. But without another thought, my right hand clenches into a fist. My fingers curl tight and the tips press into my palm. My arm bends at the elbow and I draw my body back, gathering momentum.
I take aim.
As my first jets through the air, cutting a path straight for my husband’s gorgeous face, everything screams to a slow-motion finish.
His face registers a mix of doubt, surprise, and then…in the last second…out-right terror.
I punch Alton square in the mouth.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.
She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.