Friday, February 06, 2009

Book Review: "Word Gets Around" by Lisa Wingate


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Word Gets Around

Bethany House (February 1, 2009)

by

Lisa Wingate



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Lisa Wingate lives in central Texas where she is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out ten printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its tenth printing.

The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, Drenched In Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Café, which was awarded a gold medal by RT BOOKCLUB magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series concluded with Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.

Lisa is now working on a new set of small-town Texas novels for Bethany House Publishers. The series debuted with Talk of The Town and continued with Word Gets Around. A new series is also underway for Penguin Group NAL, beginning with A Month of Summer (July 2008), and continuing with The Summer Kitchen in July, 2009. Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, The Literary Guild, American Profiles, and have been chosen for the LORIES best Published Fiction Award.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Romance Is In the Air, Word Gets Around Lauren Eldridge thought she'd wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances. Life's never that predictable, though. Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there's a spark of magic in the project--and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses. Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Word Gets Around, go HERE

What people are saying:

"Lisa Wingate writes engaging stories that strike the heart. God has gifted her with a marvelous talent and I, for one, am most grateful."
Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author

Just another star studded day in Daily, Tx

First there was a book for the American Idol fans, now this book focuses on the movie making industry. Daily, TX is becoming the IT spot for celebrities to visit! While I enjoyed Wingate's previous novel, Talk of the Town, that introduced us to life in Daily, I found this book much more to my liking. The characters are more likable as both Lauren and Nate have secrets in their past they don't want to share. However as they get to know each other better they find that they're drawn together and slowly begin to reveal those secrets. I really liked the chemistry between them. Right from the beginning, you knew they were going to hit things off. Being a movie fanatic, I always enjoy novels that take place around the movie making business. This book was refreshingly realistic and didn't come off as a magical showing of how a movie gets made. It actually showed that screenwriters have a hard job trying to make a good story into movie material. I liked how the POV came from a screenwriter as opposed to the actor, as I find the writers the true stars of entertainment. Horse fans will also enjoy the book as the tricks of horse whispering are demonstrated in what I felt to be a realistic way.

My only qualm is that I still don't like Amber. She comes across as being too perky and still too good to be true. I'm still trying to figure out what her exact relationship with Justin is. Her character just seemed very one dimensional. I'm hoping that the next book in the series will either focus on her to flesh her out or at least make her character grow. That being said, I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I would love to visit Daily and see the hotel with the Elvis room. And man, I wish I could go to one of their picnics, the food sounds absolutely delicious! That small town, everyone knows your name feeling in these books sure is addicting!


Word Gets Around by Lisa Wingate is published by Bethany House (2009)

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