Once again Lisa hit it out of the park with this one. I just finished reading it on my Kindle and I loved the characters. I could see myself in the town of Daily. I was drawn into the small town talk and the quirky characters. I laughed and cried and just had a great time reading this. Lisa has a new novel coming out in September; The Sea Keeper's Daughter, so looking forward to it.
What happens when a TV producer from the big city meets the small town Texas charm of the citizens of Daily, TX? A well written, exciting, and funny story that will have you laughing out loud one minute and wanting to write down inspirational passages the next.
"Talk of the Town" is the zany story of a producer, her Swedish boss (the kind everyone loves to hate), an eclectic mix of town people and a talented young girl who deals with fame. Ms. Wingate tells the story in first person through the eyes of two of the main characters: Mandalay Florentino and Imagene Doll.
This story draws you in and keeps you turning page after page. Ms. Wingate makes a good point about the ways God can make use of everyone's life, even with our flaws. She also touches on the way society looks at morality, and the way people should act toward each other according to the Golden Rule.
I enjoyed Ms. Wingate's ability to weave life enhancing information throughout the story. Two sentences that really stayed with me, for example, were, "It's not your life Mandalay, it's just your job; there's a difference." And the other, "Quit fighting the sails & let the wind move the boat. Drift on faith for awhile."
Being from Oklahoma, the Texas accents felt right at home and added to the authenticity of the story. All of the characters were believable and with Ms. Wingate's vivid descriptions, you felt as if you could sit right down in the cafe and become part of the town.
I would really recommend this book to anyone. For more information on Lisa Wingate and her books, please visit her website, http://www.lisawingate.com/index.htm.