Dancing Naked in Dixie

Dancing Naked in Dixie

by Lauren Clark

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ISBN-13: 9780984725045
Publisher: Monterey Press
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Dancing Naked in Dixie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
aprilbabyAK More than 1 year ago
Dancing Naked in Dixie is a light fun read that will pull you in and leave you cheering for the good guys. It isn't a romance title but there is a lot of love included. A budding romance, a lost romance, and love for the heart and soul of a town. It isn't just chick lit either. Julia is a career girl with a plum job that allows her to travel the world but her heart is cut up so badly that she lives her life in a blur to avoid the pain. You will laugh, shed a tear, and be pleased with the ending. A satisfying read that will make you a fan of Lauren Clark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Can't get enough of this book. Hoping for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A highly enjoyable read with lots of humor, romance and small town Southern charm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminds me of Mark Childress (Crazy in Alabama) and other southern writers. It was enjoyable, light and not quite predictable. If you are looking for a well written, fun, reading escape, this is a great way to spend your time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been through eufaula many times, toured the shorter mansion, I loved the book just for the great descriptions. The story line was great as well.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Dancing Naked in Dixie is the second novel by Lauren Clark. This one certainly comes out in style. Synopsis: Julia Sullivan is a travel columnist for the magazine Getaways. Her job includes a lot of travel. She is constantly leaving New York for one assignment after another. This leaves her boyfriend Andrew constantly trying to find time with Julia. She also does not have much of a relationship with her father David Sullivan who also happens to be her new boss. Julia is asked to come to his office and he presents her with a different assignment to go to Eufaula, Alabama and write about the annual pilgrimage. What will she decide? Will she go? What adventures await Julia in Alabama? My Thoughts: Lauren’s second novel is definitely worth the wait. I had a slow start with this one. I did enjoy the cultural differences between north and south. I just didn’t immediately love Julia. This quickly changed as I read more about her adventures and the problems she ran into in Alabama. I also enjoyed the mystery that occurred with phase three and found myself unable to put the novel down because I wanted to know how it ended. I one aspect of Lauren’s writing I like greatly is the focus on the story. There are no intimate scenes within either of her novels. I don’t feel this is needed to tell a great story. I realize that some publishers look at that aspect as being important to sell the story, but this is not always true. I hope that she continues to write stories such as this!
MyReadAddiction More than 1 year ago
The saying "Anything bad that can happen, will." That should so be the motto of Julia Sullivan's life. You feel so sorry for her and find her so endearing, yet you are so thankful that you yourself are NOT her! She is the defination of anal! Sometimes there are people in this world who should take a step away from their scheduled life and Julia is so that person! So being sent to South is a blessing in disguise for her! I myself am from Texas and even I was impressed by the plethora of Southern phrases! I guess I am not country enough living in the "city" (dallas). I just really enjoyed Julia's transformation in this. It's really just a great feel good story that teaches you to appreciate the little things in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, the kind you don't want to put down but are sorry when you have finished it.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly
sara1955 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Clark is a former TV anchor and journalist bringing her second novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, to readers. This contemporary women’s fiction (dare I say chick lit?) is a cute novel in which her heroine undergoes every imaginable problem just to meet her own problems. Julia is a magazine travel writer living in fast-paced New York City. She is accustomed to traveling the globe when her editor suddenly sends her to the whopping town of Eufala, Alabama. Yep, you heard it here folks. Paris and Rome have fallen to the Deep South. Oh wait! Did I tell you who her editor is? I think you should find out on your own (yes, I’m laughing slightly wickedly). Upon her arrival, the problems begin. Who would think travel to a southern town would be so problematic? Well, Julia found out. She gets to experience a unique B&B, sweet tea (if you don’t drink it, you really don’t understand the requirement for the South). She meets a few colorful characters during her trip, and finds out about herself as well. Dancing Naked in Dixie is a read that you won’t want to miss. Enjoyment, light-hearted humor, and a little self-discovery on the way leads to a great read. I give this a 5 of 5, and add a “Please write more” plea to Lauren Clark DISCLAIMER: I purchased this book with my own funds.
DebR97 More than 1 year ago
Dancing Naked in Dixie is a really fun read. I was laughing out loud in the first chapter! Being born and raised in Alabama this book brought so many people, places and things to me that seemed familiar, made me feel right at home. Having also lived in New York I could totally relate to how Julia felt about all those “strange” southern things. I was truly impressed with Ms. Clark’s ability to weave lots of southern charm into this book. In the end Julia realizes the hustle bustle of the big city and always being on the go is not all there is to life. After I read Stay Tuned I became a fan of Ms. Clark’s books but this one is even better. I love this book, my favorite book so far this year. Ms. Clark is great with character building and her ability to build a scene is superb. Grab a big glass of sweet tea and plop down in the porch swing and enjoy this great story! This book was provided to me by the author for review.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I wanted to be on the tour for this book, because it sounded really cute and I live in the south. Now, I live in FL and some wouldn't considered FL Dixie, because of all the northern transplants (like me), but here I sit in a southern state. Anyway, I love stories about the south. I love southern charm and a hot guy with a southern drawl just makes my knees week. I picture Josh Lucas in Sweet Home Alabama. Purrrr..... On to Julia. I liked Julia, but can't say I really identified with her personally. She's a fly by the seat of your pants kind of gal and I'm more of a planner. I do go with the flow too, but I start out with a plan. Julia...is not that way. I did envy her job though. I mean, how fun would it be to travel around the world and write about all the neat places you visit? I would love that. What a dream job! Sorry, I digress. Julia has some issues with her father, who becomes her boss. He sends her on her way down to Alabama. For some northerners, southern culture can be a shock at first. This was the case for Julia. She was used to the fast paced New York lifestyle and NOT used to everyone being in your business. When she arrives in Alabama, she meets Shug, who is the guy that will show her around and give her info on the town. Now, Shug is a sweetheart of a guy. He's handsome, nice, good to his mama, loyal, and charming. There is definitely instant attraction happening between the two, but Julia and Shug are both involved with other people at this point. They do eventually get together, but I really felt that the story was more about solving the mystery of the town and Julia finding her own way. I won't reveal too much about the story, because I do feel like this story was more plot driven. I will say that it was no coincidence that Julia ended up in Eufaula. As in a lot of southern towns, there is tradition, mystery, and family loyalty. As Julia begins to unravel some of these secrets, the town explodes. Literally. As a result, Julia gets more than she ever imagined in a story and it boosts her career to a whole new level. Overall, I really liked the story. It was a nice change of pace. I tend to read books heavier in romance and I prefer more of a character driven story, but I really did enjoy this one. The only reason I didn't rate it higher was because I wanted a little more romance between Shug and Julia. One word to sum up this story: sweet. So, if you're looking for a sweet story, this is a perfect book for you.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Julia has just gotten home from Italy for a job assignment, hasn't seen her boyfriend yet, and has to go meet the new editor AND meet her deadline. After nearly breaking her toe on a stack of books, she rushes to her meeting and gets a shock of a lifetime. Who she finds behind the doors of the editor's office not only sends her reeling...but sends her packing...to Eufaula, Alabama that is! What she finds there in the quaint little town changes Julia forever; the people, the homes, and the lifestyle. Yep, this is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of New York. But who she finds there is even more spectacular. And he changes her more than anything else, and it scares Julia. Will spending time in Eufaula become a dream come true or will it turn into a nightmare that sends her running back to New York? Dancing Naked in Dixie was a cute read that ended before I knew it. I got so immersed in the story I didn't even realize I was coming up on the ending. And I will admit that at first I got a little scared the author was going to go into a 'Lets Bash the Southern Rednecks' rant; making fun of everything us Southerners do. But it was nothing like that at all. It's actually kinda funny. But come on...who doesn't love sweet tea? Characters were really well written and I loved how they all grew on me. Especially Julia ...'bless her heart'...the girl is one big accident waiting to happen. What could go wrong on that trip did go wrong. The romance was sweet...but not overly abundant. In fact, it's not until the end that you really get any. Yeah a few sparks here and there, but the author saves the best for last. I did love the suspense of the storyline; letting me play detective right along with Julia, seeking out all the players to the mystery. Man it’s crazy how much I am drifting towards Chick Lit lately…and this one was just icing on the cake! So thank you Lauren for asking me to review your book and participate on your tour. I love your writing style and look forward to more of your work in the future.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This is not my normal type of read...you know I normally read a book where the romance is the focus of the story. There is romance in this book, but it's easily a secondary story line. What is the main story line is quite simply put...Julia. Julia's mother died two years ago. Since that point in time, she has buried herself in work. As a travel writer, she is on the road constantly and it's been really easy for her to practice avoidance in her life. There's something that she doesn't want to deal with? No problem, she's leaving for Bangkok tomorrow so she doesn't have to. But after two years of living like this, it's all starting to catch up with her and when her new boss comes in and demands better, she's forced to change her ways. Luckily her newest assignment (although she so doesn't think it's lucky at the time) is to head down south to Alabama where everyone is forced to take life at a much slower pace. For someone who is used to traveling the globe and constantly entering into strange situations, Julia is incredibly awkward when she gets to this southern town. She's unorganized and clumsy...and completely out of her element as she is immediately thrown into the town politics and family drama. What she doesn't realize is that there is even more of both those things than she is even seeing on the surface and it's about to blow her entire world out of whack. I liked Julia, although there were moments when I found it hard to believe that she is this world traveler with amazing writing credentials that she is supposed to be. She is such a "duck out of water" throughout so much of this book. I really felt for her...whatever can go wrong, definitely does, and this is just not acceptable when her world is already on the verge of falling apart. I also really liked the town of Eufalia...it really is almost a character all on it's own. The author created gorgeous pictures of it through this story and it was entrancing. I also really LOVED David's character and NEVER would have guessed that after reading the beginning of this book. I was definitely ready to hate him till the very end, but I had a complete turn-around with his character. I should probably mention Shug, but I have a hard time with him since he continued to stick with Mary Katherine. I wanted him to stand up for himself more than he did through most the story. He's a truly nice guy...I just wanted more from him. Overall this was a fun read. I definitely laughed out loud several times throughout the story. I loved watching Julia's transition as she comes to love this little town and starts to question the life she's been living in NYC (and the world). It's a book about slowing down and appreciating what you have, even when you don't realize you have it. A really great lesson!
sara.edens on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Lauren Clark is a former TV anchor and journalist bringing her second novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, to readers. This contemporary women¿s fiction (dare I say chick lit?) is a cute novel in which her heroine undergoes every imaginable problem just to meet her own problems. Julia is a magazine travel writer living in fast-paced New York City. She is accustomed to traveling the globe when her editor suddenly sends her to the whopping town of Eufala, Alabama. Yep, you heard it here folks. Paris and Rome have fallen to the Deep South. Oh wait! Did I tell you who her editor is? I think you should find out on your own (yes, I¿m laughing slightly wickedly).Upon her arrival, the problems begin. Who would think travel to a southern town would be so problematic? Well, Julia found out. She gets to experience a unique B&B, sweet tea (if you don¿t drink it, you really don¿t understand the requirement for the South). She meets a few colorful characters during her trip, and finds out about herself as well.Dancing Naked in Dixie is a read that you won¿t want to miss. Enjoyment, light-hearted humor, and a little self-discovery on the way leads to a great read.I give this a 5 of 5, and add a ¿Please write more¿ plea to Lauren Clark DISCLAIMER: I purchased this book with my own funds.
Shayna_Gier on LibraryThing 10 months ago
What I Loved:Being from Missouri, I enjoy the luxuries of both the busy northern lifestyle and the delicacies of the south. This book was just the perfect combination of the two, though it's funny for me to read about "culture shock" as I am well exposed to both. Julia is a character that I felt sympathy for immediately. Her situation seemed totally sucky, and I just felt bad for the poor girl. Later in the book, I came to really enjoy Julia as a person. While she starts out being the worst of New York City's clichés, she grows into a character that is more aware of others and is able to see past her own past.What I Didn't Like:Nothing to complain about here.My Overall Review:I absolutely loved the southern charm of Dancing Naked in Dixie. From descriptions of sweet tea to party dresses, I really felt as though I was there and not just reading a book in my apartment. The plot of Dancing Naked in Dixie was intriguing, and I seriously felt sorry for poor Julie on many accounts. It all works out into a really happy- if not a bit sappy- ending. And as Julia is from New York City, there's a little bit in there that a city-girl can find to love, too, if thoughts about the Deep South make them wish they could dance naked instead of exposing themselves to southern living.Disclaimer:This book was provided for me at no charge, nor was I given compensationof any kind for this review. This review only reflects my personal opinion.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a really fun read. I enjoyed the writing style of Lauren Clark and the story line really gripped me. Being a southern girl myself, I really wanted to dive into a book that would make feel right at home. Lauren Clark's Dancing Naked In Dixie did just that for me and then some! With great characters, fun-filled plot line, and southern charm, Dancing Naked In Dixie is a fantastic read!Julia Sullivan, a New York-based travel writer, used to the hustle and bustle of life in the writing field, and life in New York, is asked to save her job by completing a southern based assignment. Her assignment? Taking on writing an article about The Pilgrimage, a festival of sorts, in Eufaula Alabama. This isn't your normal assignment. When Julia arrives in Alabama the fun just begins. She meets a very, um, how to put this, "different" set of people than she's used to. Now, when I say these folks are "different" I don't mean crazy different (although, so people have been known to call us southerners crazy, just cause!). I mean she meets people who listen to country music, say ya'll, drink good ol' southern sweet tea, and enjoy the fantastic charm-filled southern life. To that I can relate. We southerners really are a fun-loving bunch!But, along the way, Julia finds out that secrets can be found anywhere, including this small-town Alabama place. Not to mention that sometimes, the host can delightfully yummy! As Julia chases her story, she finds that New York Yankee-fied life isn't all it's cracked up to be. And that sometimes, Dancing Naked In Dixie is just the eye opener one needs to see that being happy in life, isn't always about hustle, bustle and fanciness. It's about being true to yourself.I definitely recommend this novel with 5 Books and hats off! I loved the southern charm that Lauren Clark wove into the story. It made me feel right home. If you are looking for a wonderful story filled with laughter, heartache, and love, then look no further than this small-town USA read. Grab ya'll some sweet tea, sit down on your back porch, and enjoy a relaxing chick-lit novel that will leave you feeling right at home in good ol' Dixie! Well done, Ms. Clark! You've gained a new fan :).
RebeccaGraf on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Trying to classify Laura Clark¿s Dancing Naked in Dixie has proved rather difficult. It is a romance while being a general fiction book with mystery and history all thrown in. I was drawn to this book because it was set in the South where I was born and raised. Ms. Clark did not disappoint me as she explored lower Alabama were I spent fifteen years of my life.Julia Sullivan is a travel writer. She enjoys life and her job until she gets a new boss and a reprimand on the decline of quality of work she has been submitting. She has one chance and one chance only to save her job. She has to go to Eufaula, Alabama and write an article on a special event highlighting the town¿s history. Getting there, she encounters many ¿ unique characteristics of the South such as ¿darling¿ and ¿sugar¿ as well as fire ants, sweet tea, and ante-bellum homes. She discovers more than she bargained for as she gets sucked into a fight to save the town¿s historical homes and learns more about herself than she thought possible.The story moves along at just the right speed. It is not too fast or too slow. Ms. Clark does a fabulous job in creating a story that takes the reader from fast-paced New York City to the Deep South where things move at a slower pace. The storyline is believable while using scenes that one would not expect to find in real life but would enjoy doing so.Ms. Clark¿s writing style is casual and personal as she tells the story from Julia¿s point of view and draws the reader into the feelings and thoughts of the woman. I found myself laughing at various scenes because I could see it happening and have with my own Northern in-laws. The introduction of Northerners to the South can be quite the experience. Julia¿s first reaction to sweet tea does happen in real life. Seen it myself.There are a few editing issues but nothing that would distract you from the story. I was disappointed that there was no mention of the statue dedicated to the boll weevil or about boiled peanuts both which confuse those from the North.Ms. Clark writes in a very descriptive manner allowing the reader to see herself actually there and experiencing what Julia does. There is a lot of history about the Eufaula area described in the book making this more than just a story about a woman from New York. The book comes with a book club section with many questions to get the reader thinking about what they read as well as a recipe that I can¿t wait to try.Laura Clark is a former news anchor on television and has written another book on the Deep South called Stay Tuned. In February 2013, she will be releasing another novel titled, The Pie Lab.I do recommend this book. It was a joy to read and brought back vivid memories of my youth. If you¿re looking for a great summer read or a book to read while traveling, you have to check out Laura Clark¿s Dancing Naked in Dixie.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides
Cats57 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am amazed that I liked this book as much as I did. I did not find this a light read, something to be finished with in one night. I found this book something that I had to pout a little effort into and I really liked that. This book is not fluffy drivel---it is several stories in one and has an ending that I think I should have seen coming, but still didn't expect.We open with our heroine Julia needing to meet with the new owner of the travel magazine that she works for, who also happens to be her estranged father. She is threatened with unemployment by her father David unless she does a good job on a new feature David wants to introduce in the magazine.So off Julia goes to either redeem herself or to totally screw up. But really, instead of this being a book that concentrates on traveling and the best sights to see in Eufaula Alabama - it turns into more of a mystery, not a murder mystery...but almost! It is about a small town and the man who loves the town and all it represents, the man who would save a town no matter what. It is a story about adult children learning that their parents aren't always what or who they thought they are.And most importantly it is a story of love. Love of a culture, a place and of a man and a woman.This was an emotion filled book with many funny moments. The author uses vivid but never trite descriptions of the old South. The characters are written as to be both likable,yet with flaws. some of these flaws you may not think you can get past, but you can't help yourself. You may just find yourself doing as I did and falling in love with them all.If I have any complaint it is that I wish that the love between Shug and Julia had been explored a bit more. Actually I am hoping that we will revisit Eufaula and find out how everyone is doing --this is a story that needs more telling!
debr56 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Dancing Naked in Dixie is a really fun read. I was laughing out loud in the first chapter! Being born and raised in Alabama this book brought so many people, places and things to me that seemed familiar, made me feel right at home. Having also lived in New York I could totally relate to how Julia felt about all those ¿strange¿ southern things. I was truly impressed with Ms. Clark¿s ability to weave lots of southern charm into this book. In the end Julia realizes the hustle bustle of the big city and always being on the go is not all there is to life. After I read Stay Tuned I became a fan of Ms. Clark¿s books but this one is even better. I love this book, my favorite book so far this year. Ms. Clark is great with character building and her ability to build a scene is superb. Grab a big glass of sweet tea and plop down in the porch swing and enjoy this great story! This book was provided to me by the author for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It was introspective, alive with family secrets, sad, funny and an unexpected romance. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! Funny, sweet, and clean. A great read for anyone who loves the Deep South. It's clear that Lauren Clark knows Alabama!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ashleigh Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Eufaula…..Ala-freaking-bama. You have got to be kidding me…right?!?! Those were the first thoughts of Julia Sullivan’s first day back state side about her newest assignment. Not only has her entire world revolved around constantly moving to the most exotic places on the globe, she is damn good at her job. If only she could get organized and get a piece in on deadline. Her first steps back in Getaways magazine headquarters and she just knew that her goose was cooked. Meeting the mystery boss first thing in the morning wasn’t the best idea, but things were only going to go downhill from there. Julia has made her life’s work about everywhere but home, flitting from one destination to the next without a thought, but a rude wake-up call by her new boss, David, will change everything for her in an instant. Make this story great or you can have your walking papers. The worst images were all Julia could think of until she landed – complete city girl in the Deep South – but the surprises won’t end for Julia. Will this little town be the undoing of this confirmed New Yorker or will Julia get the wake up of a lifetime that will change her life forever? Shug Jordan just wanted to keep his town historic and grow old where he grew up. Bringing in a big city reporter to shine the light on his little jewel of a city seemed like a good idea until Julia blew into town, disaster in her wake. Not one minute passed that Shug wasn’t saving her from yet another problem. If only he could figure out why this Yankee kept his thoughts churning and his body humming. She is nothing like the women he usually goes for but maybe that is the change up he needs. When a plan to destroy some of beautiful Eufaula comes to Shug’s attention can he foil the horrible plan and still get the girl in the end? Or will he have to lose one to have the other? Sometimes you just need a little southern hospitality and good down home cooking to bring everything into perspective. Favorite Quote: “Past and present meet seamlessly in the heart of Eufaula, Alabama, home to breathtaking natural beauty and magnificent architecture. A living tribute to our nation’s proud history, Eufaula is a treasure to experience with the senses; one that must be preserved for generations to come” – Shug Jordan
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