Talk of the Town, Daily Texas Series #1   -     By: Lisa Wingate
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Talk of the Town, Daily Texas Series #1

Bethany House / 2008 / Paperback

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Between Hollywood glamour and small-town secrets, what is the truth? The show American Superstars is the hottest thing on television but its associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is worried. She has just arrived in the tiny town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise reunion concert for hometown finalist Amber Amberson. Only it turns out everyone in town seems to know the secret. And paparazzi are arriving. Word from Hollywood is that Amber has disappeared with a "bad boy" actor. Can anything go right in this tumbleweed town?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764204904
ISBN-13: 9780764204906
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Series: Daily Texas

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Courage is just one of the many things Mandalay Florentino is going to need in order to survive the small town of Daily, Texas for a weekend in Lisa Wingate’s new novel, Talk of the Town. As the associate producer of the hit reality show, American Megastar, Mandalay has to leave life in LA to arrange a surprise reunion concert for one of the top five contestants. Problems arise as word spreads quickly in Daily. Mandalay's sadistic boss is ever demanding, and paparazzi and reporters begin to invade. With the help of Imagene Doll, a local woman with the need of a little courage herself, Carter Woods, a mysterious cowboy with good looks and a penchant for running into Mandalay everywhere, and the rest of the Daily community, Mandalay may just find the courage she needs to make the reunion concert perfect… or at least close.

This novel is laugh-out-loud funny and quick to read. Lisa Wingate does an excellent job of phonetically spelling out the way in which the people talk consistently and in such a way that you can practically hear them talking in that Texas drawl. This author also does a remarkable job of creating all of the quirky and endearing characters one would expect from a small town. With the ghost of the Daily Hotel lurking around and tales of posthumous visits from Elvis, even the town takes on a personality of its own.

This is such a cute story that is more than just a romance—it’s about friendship, big dreams, and having courage, too. The wit and charm of the small town created was truly inspired and translated to the novel as a whole. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a laugh, a budding love, and some characters readers will want to open the book back up to visit over and over again. -- Shannon Potelicki, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

When Hollywood producer Mandalay Florentino comes to the tiny hamlet of Daily, Tex., she's not at all sure what she will find. She's trying to do damage control because Amber Anderson, a good-girl gospel singer from Daily who is a contestant on Mandalay's American Idol–like reality show, keeps getting herself caught in the tabloids. Mandalay's also trying to keep a lid on the fact that Amber's about to become a finalist, but in a one-stoplight town like Daily, the mere presence of folks from Tinseltown tips off the whole community. Making matters even more complicated, as Mandalay holds off paparazzi, sniffs out the underhanded doings of her conniving boss and begins to suspect her L.A. fiancé of philandering, she loses her heart to a blue-eyed country boy who's got a secret of his own. Wingate (Tending Roses) pens a light and entertaining story of life in a small town with Texas-sized charm. The narration alternates competently between Mandalay and her new ally, Imagene, a widow who discovers new life even as her 70th birthday looms. The novel's Christian themes are incorporated quietly, as characters grow in grace without melodramatic conversions or bedside confessions. Fans of Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt's brand of engaging, contemporary chick lit will enjoy this story. (Feb.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Quick read with Texas Charm
    May 28, 2014
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was such a fun story! I thoroughly enjoy Lisa Wingate's writing style. Her description of life in Daily, Texas made me want to be a part of the small town. The idyllic scenery provided the perfect backdrop for the story and helped to break up the thoughts and actions of the characters, keeping the reader interested.

    The characters, supporting and main, were fantastic. I could feel the tension and stress Mandalay was under. The author captured those emotions and made them real. The chemistry between Mandalay and Carter was intriguing and well-written. Imagene Doll's character, by far, was my favorite! I could hear her sweet southern accent and imagine her going on with life around Daily. Her wit and sarcasm was greatly appreciated throughout the book.

    What I felt the story was missing, however, was a strong Christian message. Don't get me wrong, there was a message. I think Imagene's character sums up the message nicely when she states: "...sometimes in life you carry the ball, sometimes you just run along, and sometimes you're flat on your back, but just because you don't have the ball don't mean it's not moving toward the goal." What Imagene is saying, and the author is trying to get across, is that sometimes you have to let go and let God. We are not in control of our lives, no matter how hard we try. I just feel like the message wasn't expressed enough in Mandalay's life.

    Overall, this was a fun, enjoyable story! I would recommend it for anyone who wants a quick read with witty characters and Southern Texas charm!
  2. Waynesboro, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good characters!
    August 11, 2011
    Jamocha
    Waynesboro, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Very enjoyable book! Mandalay and Imagene are two wonderful characters who are easy to relate to. Their stories are heartfelt and honest. Daily, Texas, is a town I'd certainly like to visit so I could get to know some of the locals; they are very kind, helpful people. This story is rich with great characters, emotions, humor, and so much more. Mandalay is striving for something that she really doesn't want anymore if she ever truly did. Imagene is still mourning the loss of her husband and living a secluded life. Amber is trying to do the right thing despite all the bad press surrounding her. Carter is starting on a new journey for good reasons. These people are really, fun, happy, sad, etc. And Daily is certainly a town full of wonderful people. My one issue with the book is that the charcters' relationships with Christ are a little less than I'd like. Overall, Talk of the Town was very hard to put down. A great read and a wonderful choice for book clubs. Get your cowboy hat on and head on down to Daily, Texas, for some great times with some genuine folks.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 17, 2010
    Daniel Todd
    Great story line - I enjoy the way Lisa Wingate changes the first person perspective between the two main characters in the story.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 10, 2010
    Allison
    Let me just start out by saying I love to read and have only read a few books that weren't good enough for me to finish. Well, I thought "Talk of the Town" was going to be one of those books. I read a few chapters and concluded this was just too boring for me and I was going to put it aside. Well, thankfully later on I decided just to go ahead and finish it out. And am so glad I did! The closer to the end I got the better the book got and I couldn't put it down. My advice is to don't give up on it! Because in the end you'll be glad you kept on reading!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2010
    Ashley
    I really enjoyed this book. The romance between Mandalay and Carter was great! I couldn't put the book down until I was finished!
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