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Word Gets Around (Daily, Texas Series #2)

Word Gets Around (Daily, Texas Series #2)

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by Lisa Wingate

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When Romance Is In the Air, Word Gets Around

Lauren Eldridge thought she'd wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances.

Life's never that predictable, though.

Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But


When Romance Is In the Air, Word Gets Around

Lauren Eldridge thought she'd wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances.

Life's never that predictable, though.

Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there's a spark of magic in the project--and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses.

Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Evangelical Christian novelist Wingate introduced readers to the delightfully homespun what-you-see-is-what-you-get town of Daily, Tex., in Talk of the Town. In this sequel about the city's happenings and residents, Wingate expands upon the story line and offers readers more lovingly presented Texas talk, charm and romance. Wounded by the death of her husband, Lauren Eldridge is summoned back to Daily by her daddy, who's gotten himself into a financial pickle. Trying to pay an old debt by risking the ranch, Lauren's father asks his daughter to come home and tame a wild horse before the movie he's invested in starts shooting in Daily. Lauren's first instinct is to run anywhere but home. Still, she braves the emotional journey to help her father, remembering how he supported her after the accident that killed her spouse. What Lauren discovers back home amid familiar faces and places is forgiveness, love and a big, Texas-sized romance. Wingate's text is funny, to be sure, but a predictable story line detracts from what could have been a more poignant tale. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

Lauren Eldridge is reluctant to go back to Daily, TX, but her father needs her. He is betting everything on an untrainable horse to star in a motion picture, and Lauren is a top horse trainer; she does what any good daughter would do. What she finds, besides a misbehaving horse, is screenwriter Nate Heath, who turns her head and complicates her job. Nate knows this script is his last chance to save his career, but he may find more in this little Texas town than he imagined. Wingate's (Talk of the Town; The Summer Kitchen) crisp writing and healthy injections of humor make this coming-home novel rise above other similarly themed works. Recommended for public libraries and regional collections.

—Tamara Butler

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Baker Publishing Group
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Daily, Texas Series , #2
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4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Good Hope Road, Drenched in Light, and A Thousand Voices. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in Clifton, Texas.

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Word Gets Around 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story about healing and trusting in God. I hope everyone can find their nanny goat and their Great Horseman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very moving, and sweet. Great book!
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luv2read-LA More than 1 year ago
Lisa Wingate tells a fantastic tale here. Her small town of Daily, Texas jumps right off the pages and comes to life, filled with interesting characters you'd like to sit down and share a cup of coffee with. Daily is the type of place we'd all like to be, an off the map little berg where neighbors still visit at the local cafe. These are exciting times in Daily, with a big Hollywood movie being filmed there. I found this story to be sweet but not syrupy, inspirational but not preachy, and a fast paced feel good read. Delicious as a slice of homemade pecan pie without all the fat and calories. What a treat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book, and this series. It doesn't seem very original, that's my favorite thing about Lisa Wingate. Doesn't seem to be her style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading ALL of Lisa Wingate's books. This is the second book for this installment of stories, and it was a page turner as usual. Lisa always has stories with meaning and morals and they are always a happy ending which is what I like to read.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Lisa Wingate did a fabulous job creating complex characters with very believeable internal conflicts. When I read a story I want to be emotionally invested in it. Not only is the cover of Word Gets Around gorgeous, but the story is beautiful as well. I was so caught up in their storyworld that several times tears welled in my eyes. I love it when I feel so connected that I cry with characters when they overcome something they have battled for years. That makes this one powerful book, IMHO. And while the spiritual component was very subtle, when it did come out in the story it was deep and meaningful.

All that Texas lingo and those hilarious sayings like "Well butter my backside and call me a biscuit" made for interesting reading as did the funny tales the relative shared about Lauren when she was a kid. The author did a great job getting in a man's head, too. The hero, Nate, was incredibly hot and his crazy internal thoughts made me laugh. And Lauren's reason for keeping her heart closed from others was very realistic. I totally understood her.

I also loved how Lauren's friendship with Nate slowly developed. It was refreshing to experience the emotional bonding between them that began with friendship and mutual admiration. I can't stand it when conflict feels contrived. In Word Gets Around everything made sense and felt natural to me. The character arcs were exquisitely done, and this romance sizzled even though it was based on friendship and not just chemistry.

I'd encourage any writer who wants to understand how to make a character come alive on a page to read this book and see how it should be done. I can't think of a time when I've read a story that rang so true when it came to internal conflict. I loved everything about this book including the well-done dysfunction crafted into the minor characters, like "The Shay". Did I mention the hero,Nate, was hot? Oh, and the kisses they shared were amazing, but even better than those were the kisses that never happened. Made my heart pound! And even though you know there will be a happy ever after because it's a romance, I still enjoyed experiencing the emotional journey with them.
eds23 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Wingate's "Word Gets Around " is the latest of this author's incredibly great books! We're taken back to Daily Texas and another chance to visit the Beulah Suite and Elvis's room. We're reunited with Amber Anderson, Justin Shay, Donetta and others from an earlier book"Talk of the Town".

Lauren Eldridge, a young college teacher is called back to her Dad's ranch to help train a hurt horse, Lucky Strike and a troubled movie star, Justin Shay to make a movie. Events in the past color Lauren's expectations for the future. She fights her fears and leaves them in the creek where those fears began.

This book is a wonderful story about Justin, Lauren, and Nate and others rising from the ashes of disappointments to work a common project.

Lisa Wingate is an extraordinary motivational writer. One very moving moment "who would have predicted that the little girl from the trailer house down the road would win a TV talent contest, make big money friends and come back to reclaim the homestead that had been left for dead".

"Word Gets Around" is an outstanding book! I enjoyed reading it so much!

jallee More than 1 year ago
A movie star, a screen writer, a horse trainer, a washed up race horse, a small town... what's not to like? In Word Gets Around, Lisa Wingate goes back to that old Hollywood premise, "Hey kids, let's put on a show!" But this isn't just any show. Nate Heath has to put aside his doubts and make something out of a stinker of a script that's been passed over for years. Lauren Eldridge has to face a painful past in order to come back to her home town and train the horse that's supposed to be the star of the show. Justin Shay is facing a career that's almost over and sees "The Horseman" as his ticket to respectability as an actor. And to top it all off, half the town's been put up as collateral on the hopes that the film will get a green light. The stakes are pretty high.

I found this to be a really fun, engaging book. There are some truly deep, moving moments, but it's mostly a great visit to a place you've never been. (At least I've never been there... I'm sure folks who've lived in a small town are going to recognize one or more of the colorful characters.)

I particularly enjoyed Wingate's writing style. She chose to write the book in first person, and alternates between Lauren and Nate. So the first chapter is Lauren's point of view, the second is Nate's, the third Lauren, and so on. Her writing is so spot on that even if she didn't start each chapter with the POV character's name, you'd still know whose head you were in.

This is the second book in the Daily, Texas series. If you didn't read Talk of the Town (I didn't) you'll still enjoy this book. But you might want to pick them both up and read them in order. Why not stay in Daily a little longer?
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
First there was a book for the American Idol fans, now this book focuses on the movie making industry. Daily, TX is becoming the IT spot for celebrities to visit! While I enjoyed Wingate's previous novel, Talk of the Town, that introduced us to life in Daily, I found this book much more to my liking. The characters are more likable as both Lauren and Nate have secrets in their past they don't want to share. However as they get to know each other better they find that they're drawn together and slowly begin to reveal those secrets. I really liked the chemistry between them. Right from the beginning, you knew they were going to hit things off. Being a movie fanatic, I always enjoy novels that take place around the movie making business. This book was refreshingly realistic and didn't come off as a magical showing of how a movie gets made. It actually showed that screenwriters have a hard job trying to make a good story into movie material. I liked how the POV came from a screenwriter as opposed to the actor, as I find the writers the true stars of entertainment. Horse fans will also enjoy the book as the tricks of horse whispering are demonstrated in what I felt to be a realistic way. My only qualm is that I still don't like Amber. She comes across as being too perky and still too good to be true. I'm still trying to figure out what her exact relationship with Justin is. Her character just seemed very one dimensional. I'm hoping that the next book in the series will either focus on her to flesh her out or at least make her character grow. That being said, I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I would love to visit Daily and see the hotel with the Elvis room. And man, I wish I could go to one of their picnics, the food sounds absolutely delicious! That small town, everyone knows your name feeling in these books sure is addicting!