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As an Christian fiction author (Journey To Almighty (Journey Series)) I read A LOT of books in the Christian market. In the midst of a pile of e-book predictability and, well, for lack of a better word, garbage, Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate stood out in the Christian fiction market like a bright beacon. With a fun, witty style and realistic yet quirky characters, I was disappointed to see the final page turned.
Mandalay Florentino is the Associate Producers of America's hottest singing show, American Megastar (Think American Idol). When her boss, the viscious Hollywood diva, Ursula, sends her to Backwoods, TX (actually, Daily, TX but it feels like Backwoods to Mandalay) to set up the Homecoming Show for Amber Anderson, Daily's local-girl-makes-good, she finds it's hard to keep anything under wraps. With the help of Imagene Doll, recent widow and Daily's town matriarch, her friends Donetta and Lucy, who run the beauty salon, Mandalay is attempting to keep the show a secret until Amber is announced as a finalist. But when Amber disappears with a Hollywood star, Mandalay's humorous antics while trying to carry out plans for the show with the three women, avoid falling for the sexy Carter Woods renting the room next to hers and dealing with the various other characters in town makes for a quick, very enjoyable read.
With Talk of the Town, Ms. Wingate introduces a variety of odd, yet endearing minor characters including Bobbie Ray (think Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith show!); Lucy, the quiet yet spunky Asian woman in a country-boy town; Donetta, the neighbor who knows all but mainly because of her "visions"; Amber Anderson, the sweet but, oh so, naive singer with a rags-to-riches story; Justin Shay, Hollywood's "bad-boy" who'd taken an interest in Amber recently; and Mandalay's philandering fiance, David. What made Talk of the Town even better was the way you feel as if you "know" each of the characters in person (or perhaps see yourself in them a bit).
I, personally am tired of seeing the same trite, regurgitated Christian fiction. Especially when it comes to romance and chick lit. Talk of the Town was different. It took a real-life circumstance (I kept picturing Carrie Underwood?) with our love for reality television and reminded us, in a fun, light-handed way, that God's involved this too. It wasn't a book that beat's a Christian message over your head but you subtly realize, it's there. It was a fantastic, clean, fun read and I'm looking forward to the next books!