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Barcelona Calling based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have read and enjoyed all of jane k's stories and was disappointed in this one. I had a difficult time staying interested but forced myself to see it through to the end. I didn't enjoy the attempts at slapstick comedy. To me, it was a lesson in how to write a book and not get published. I didn't feel any closeness to the main character, annie shaw, like i have in jane's wonderful historical stories. I wanted to read more about the developing romance between annie and irving and less about how not to get a book published. I was totally bored with the whole book. For me, it was less a story and more a narrative on writing and publishing.
Jane Kirkpatrick's historical fiction takes you out of the present back to authentically portrayed time periods with determined women who struggle against environment and circumstances. Her plots go beyond the ordinary and she has often used real events and people as the backdrop for her well-crafted stories. When I was given the opportunity to read an advanced reader's copy of her new book (Thanks, NetGalley), I was surprised to see that Barcelona Calling has a contemporary setting. Still I expected realistic Christian fiction which would transport me to Spain and perhaps a romantic setting. ?Surprise! Surprise! Kirkpatrick has not written a travel-centered romance, but instead a humorous, implausible chick lit novel, set in Milwaukee and Chicago. It is her main character, Annie Shaw, who has written the Spanish romance novel, and now she must take action to ensure its publication. Annie's successful first novel, loosely based on her own romance with sports writer husband, remains a readers' favorite. That apparent success is tarnished by her recent divorce, the complete failure of her second book, and the lack luster sales record of her current title. When her new editor demands major revisions on Annie's fourth book based on a recent trip to Spain, Annie is consumed with self doubt. Enter the ring of best friends and one out-spoken sister who demand that the young writer take action to get herself noticed by Oprah. What follows is a Three Stooges comedy of castrophes which will have you shaking your head at the same time you are stifling chuckles. Will the young policeman Annie left behind in Barcelona follow her to Chicago? Does she want him to come? What if his presence ensures a successful book and a spot on Oprah? What appears to be a light humorous read has some surprise thoughts about finding oneself and accepting that life. Give Barcelona Calling a try and the next time you want some historical fiction with depth, check out Kirkpatrick's other offerings