Talk of the Town (Welcome to Daily, Texas Book #1)

Talk of the Town (Welcome to Daily, Texas Book #1)

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by Lisa Wingate

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In this compelling tale by Lisa Wingate-award winning author of the national best-seller Lone Star Café-the associate producer of TV's hottest show fears Amber Amberson's tiny Texas hometown already knows its Amber is an American Megastar finalist. But after several hilarious culture clashes, the Hollywood pro enlists the help of the quirky townsfolk when the

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In this compelling tale by Lisa Wingate-award winning author of the national best-seller Lone Star Café-the associate producer of TV's hottest show fears Amber Amberson's tiny Texas hometown already knows its Amber is an American Megastar finalist. But after several hilarious culture clashes, the Hollywood pro enlists the help of the quirky townsfolk when the sweet and naïve Amber goes missing. "… entertaining story of life in a small town with Texas-sized charm."-Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews
Lisa Wingate's fans will surely enjoy this latest addition to her growing list of books, and she may even garner a few new fans as well; her writing style appeals to a broad age-range of female readers. The story is modern but the characters are traditional, and that makes the reader feel right at home. Wingate's descriptions are plentiful without being overdone.
—Susan Cronk
This lively tale of Hollywood getting its comeuppance is sure to delight. I expect Talk of the Town to be a big hit. . . .
—Violet Nesdoly
Lisa Wingate's entrancing story was a delight to read. The adept way she interwove everyday dilemma's that we face and the choices in life that we make was masterful. Talk of the Town is filled with integrity, love, faith and above all, hope when all seems hopeless. The Wholesome Characters will draw in old and young alike.
As I read this novel, the place and the characters stuck with me. I found myself thinking about them, and wanting to get back to the book to find out where the story was going to take them. You can't ask anything more from a novel.
—Jennifer Donovan
Lisa Wingate has drawn on her Southern roots in this contemporary tale of a reality TV producer, an innocent hopeful and small Texas town.... The quirks and compassion of a small country town people are juxtaposed against the goldfish bowl environment of the Hollywood scene. Lisa taps into the current fascination with reality TV and the lure of overnight fame and shows the impact a person of faith and integrity can have in a sometimes shallow world. Talk of the Town is just the ticket for those looking for a light hearted and humorous read.
—Rel Mollet

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Baker Publishing Group
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Welcome to Daily, Texas , #1
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Deeanne Gist
"Offers up a blue-plate special of romance, humor, and a rollicking good time. I absolutely loved it...."--(Deeanne Gist, bestselling author of Courting Trouble)
Debbie Macomber
"People are going to talk, alright, and the conversation is going to be about Talk of the Town. 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)

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Talk of the Town 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of good christian romance for all ages!
LRaines More than 1 year ago
This is book is funny, sweet, and also makes some good points about faith, love, and the reality TV. In a world so focused on tearing people down, it's nice to read something that makes you feel good about live. It's all about building people up, and you can't help but fall in love with these characters. Daily, Texas is a blast, blast. Don't miss out. This is quality Christian fiction and not preachy, like a lot of what's out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of books of all types, reading at least one per week, and sometimes more. I read in all genres, everything from Christian fiction to non-fiction. Talk of the Town was one of the best reads I've come upon in a long time. The story was fresh and engaging. It begins with the arrival of American Megastar assistant producer, Mandalay Florentino, in the the tiny Texas town of Daily. Mandalay, who's not a small-town girl herself, has a tough job to do, arranging for the surprise 'reveal' concert of a local girl, Amber Anderson, who has made the semi-finals on American Megastar. Little does Mandalay now, it's not almost impossible to keep anything on the 'QT' in Daily, where, as Imagene says, the cafe spreads news faster than 'chaff in a brisk wind.' From the minute Mandalay arrives in Daily, laughs begin. The chapters alternate almost seamlessly from the point of view of Mandalay to the point of view of local widow, Imagene Doll, often leaving the reader in suspense at the end of each chapter. The book kept me up late into the night many times, the surest sign of a good read. Being older myself, I found Imagene's story, her depression and grief, realistic and sympathetic. I could relate to her difficulty getting back into life after the loss of her husband. One of the things that impressed me most about Wingate's writing was her ability to blend both laughter and grief. The spectrum of emotions coexists realistically on her pages, and the friendly, quirk-filled citizens of Daily are fun and realistic. They show a sense of community spirit and concern for each other that makes you want to move to their town. The Christian element was well-handled, subtle, and not preachy. All-in-all, this book is just plain fun. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this laugh-out-loud, tender, sweet, inspiring read. GREAT BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great Christian book. The characters are great. At times it was a slow read. Overall a real good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read a book by Lisa Wingate before. This was a fun, light hearted book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Selected this book as a "light" read and found it to be more involving that I anticipated! It was a pleasant surprise. I loved the very distinct personalities in the book and the storyline was great. It is Christian fiction but the author seamlessly blends Christianity in with her characterizations. I want to know more about what happens next with most of the people in the book. I will definitely look for other books by this author.
mgg More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I got it as a free ebook so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it, so glad I did. It made me laugh and also enjoyed the christian/positive writing. Great read, would recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little hard to get into, but definitely worth the time. Keep reading.
jennyluvskimhog More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. It's funny, inciteful and uplifting. I could have read this book in a day but I had to sleep sometime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining with a dose of conscience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice romance, with a little humor thrown in.
debbie67 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller. This is a perfect beach read!
bookgirl810s More than 1 year ago
I was worried that this one was going to be too hokey for my tastes, but the characters were just nutty enough to be fun without crossing the line into ridiculous. A sweet story, well-written, with some fun and unexpected twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and yes to that query, this book is appropriate for younger readers. Romance does not have to mean trashy, triple x behavior, so much the norm these days. This is a funny, charming, well written, grammatically (sigh of relief) correct story. No loose ends here...BRAVO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the Imagene character. Highly recommend this book.
cwgeorge More than 1 year ago
Was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, interesting characters. I really enjoyed the book. The plot was decent. Christian book isn't preachy. Good clean book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story of overcoming the odds with a corral full of laughs, Talk of the Town is delightful to read. The inhabitants of Daily, Texas, are a quirky bunch. From Donetta, the hairdresser who also owns the once-closed-now-open impossible, haunted hotel above her beauty shop to the stuttering dump truck driver, Doyle, a member of the Countertop Club, you'll fall in love with all of them. There's even a bookcase passageway between the coffee shop where Imagene works as a waitress and her best friend's beauty shop. Told from both Mandalay and Imagen's point of view, Wingate describes it as a fish out of water tale. But it's much, much more. Following the national popularity of American Idol, Wingate has grabbed that idea, tossed in a what-if or two and delivered a rollicking good read. Imagene is Aunt Bea and Lucy Ricardo rolled into one. Mandalay is caught between saving her job and her conscience, and she battles even herself¿forget standing a chance against Imagene and Donetta¿especially when they take up match-making. Flawlessly written, the chapters hop back and forth between Imagene and Mandalay with Wingate never confusing the two voices. I chuckled all the way through. If you love to laugh and love a great story, Talk of the Town is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Lisa Wingate's books because they are good wholesome reads, no violence, no sex, no bad language just a good story. Her characters develop through the story and become people that actually matter to the reader. You just have to keep reading to find out what happens. "Talk of the Town" was not, perhaps the best Wingate book I have read, but it was good. I did like Larkspur Cove and the Summer Kitchen also. I intend to read more of Wingate's books. I also love the fact that with a Nook, I don't even have to leave the house to get a good read for a rainy day or a sunny day at the beach for that matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could be any southern town! It took me a few chapters to get in to, but once I did, I recognized every character, and Im in Tennessee! I wont retell the story for review, but will say it was refreshing, well told & NOT preachy, like I had 1st thought it might be... This was my first book by this author, but not the last! Give it a try & if you've never been/lived in a small town in the south, this is a nice place to start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, funny in some parts. Just wished it was a little longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author did a good job with the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk of the Town was fun to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed the way the author used one chapter for Mandalay's point of view and the next chapter for Imagene's point of view throughout the book. It was brilliantly written, kept moving forward, had some great spiritual nuggets surface occasionally, and it was humorous. This book displayed all of the characters and their emotions so well that the reader has a sense of knowing these characters personally. The author did more than just tell a story, she "showed" the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, loved the story line. Romance, small town antics, and Hollywood reality all wrapped up in one. Cannot believe it was free! You will enjoy this book!