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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
Sweet Caroline, Lowcountry Romance Series #1 -eBookRachel HauckThomas Nelson / 2010 / ePub$5.995 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
Last week, I was stocking groceries in Freedom, Alabama. This week, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, about to take the stage at the famous Bluebird Cafe.
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Only one problem, I 've got stage fright.
But after years of being ruled by fear and hiding from my dream, I confronted my limited reality and left home. Forget the hometown hunk who wants to make me queen of his double-wide. Forget Momma's doubt-inspiring tirade. I can make it in Music City...can't I?
In a leap of faith, I gathered my old guitar, my notebook full of songs, and packed up my '69 Chevy pickup. Look out NashVegas!
With the help of some new friends, especially handsome Lee Rivers, my dream is about to find the light of day. But as I face my first night at the Bluebird Cafe, I realize...I might just do what comes naturally. Look for the nearest exit, and run!
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
Lost in NashVegas takes us into a first person view full of hilarity and troubles that will leave everyone grinning from ear to ear.
The book holds considerable wittiness in dialogue, including a southern dialect that you may not have known existed. Our heroine, Robin McAfee, is a twenty-five-year-old still working at a grocer and still stuck in Freedom, Alabama. With the support of her town and her family, except for her more than pressing mother, Bit, Robin makes her way to live in Nashville. Fortunately for her, she makes friends with the locals with the help of her sassy landlady and her go-getting city cousin, Skyler. Once settled in, she finds herself at open mic nights, inside writing studios, as well as cleaning the toilets of upper crust clients.
Troubles start in when her naive nature causes her to be too trusting. Not only is trouble a handsome songwriter, but also her hometown sweetheart and a sweet contractor. With three men running around pulling on her heart strings, Robin nearly loses sight of why she came to Nashville to begin with. The tissue box is needed as she and her mother continually argue about Robin's life and what she should be doing. Later on, as Hauck wraps up her sweet, homey tale, you can find a sense of peace not only in the book but also in your own life.
Lost in NashVegas is not only a good literary book, it also provides a pulling story that makes you believe in your own dreams again. You will struggle alone with Robin as she decides whether to follow God's call or her own plan. Hauck has hit a homerun with a book that can make you smile and fume with anger but also cry on the very same page. Mallory L. Lahr, Christian Book Previews.com
Stacey4 Stars Out Of 5May 14, 2008Stacey"Lost in NashVegas" is sprinkled with Rachel Hauck's signature wit. Only this time, it has a southern accent. This is an entertaining book, yet it didn't move along as smoothly as "Georgia on Her Mind." The characters are likeable, but I don't feel as though I know them as well. I did become invested in the plight of the leading lady - cheering her on and making her friends and enemies my own. The leading man was a bit of a disappointment because I really wanted to like him, but the situations he ended up in seemed to be for the sake of adding a sprinkling of conflict to the story rather than being a genuine action for the character. Still, I would recommend this book. Plus, this novel did contain a wonderful life lesson that I will giggle over for many years to come: "you can't pour perfume on a skunk and call it a kitty."
andi4 Stars Out Of 5June 13, 2007andiThis isn't my normal type of story but the review drew me in. I could relate to someone trying something new, daring and life changing. The banter Robin has going on in her head was great! There's a light-heartedness in this quick read!
Donita K. PaulColoradoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 5, 2007Donita K. PaulColoradoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleCharming, well-drawn characters, a story chock full of adventures and misadventures and giving us the treat of seeing the backdrop of country music. The situations our heroine finds herself in push the line a bit on respectability and therefore makes the book more authentic than some Christian novels. I loved Robin's dilemnas right from the start. A bit of mystery, a bit of courage needed, a break to get in the door, and finding out a trusted friend has betrayed her. And that's just a bit of what the country gal faced in the big city. Another plus is the first person/present tense which reminds me of standard chick-lit that has become popular recently. Not all chick-lit rises above standard. This one does with a mighty leap!
Barb5 Stars Out Of 5February 14, 2007BarbI just finished this book and loved it! The characters were very likeable and the storyline was great. I loved that Robin went for her dream even though she was scared to death. A quick and easy chick lit read.
Cara5 Stars Out Of 5November 8, 2006Cara"Last week, I stocked groceries in Freedom, Alabama. This week, I live in Nashville, Tennessee about to take the stage at the famous Bluebird Caf. Sounds fantastic, doesnt it? Only one problem. Im terrified to sing in front of people."Robin Rae McAfee has always dreamed of writing and singing her songs. The only problem is she's scared to death, and every time she gets near a stage she turns tail and runs. But one day she decides it's time to give her dream wings and see if she will soar or fall. Either way she won't have regrets of what might have happened.This book is a delightful read. I laughed out loud in many places even as my heart ached for Robin in others. Her journey to her dream is not a straight road; instead, twists, turns and do-overs plague the journey. And she learns her past is more intimately connected to her present than she understood. Through it all she is surrounded by family and friends who believe in her even as she loses faith in herself. The book is written from Robin's point of view in a fresh voice. The descriptions and turns of phrases had me laughing out loud. I also enjoyed the glimpse into the music industry, and Robin's very real reactions to bumping into folks like Keith Urban. This book was so much fun that I can't wait to read her other chick lit/romance novels.