Author Guest Post
As much as I love the feminine-fab genre and while it’s the main genre I write, I do read and enjoy a very wide range of books. From a memoir or a mystery, thriller or romance, to a western or sci-fi, travelogue or how-to-become-a-better-writer, there are so many fun genres and books to read. So what makes chick lit a hands-down fave?
I love the classic happy ending and lighthearted interaction and dialogue, and the referencing of Louboutins and Prada is much-too-much fun. I also enjoy that bit of ambiguity to a story, I like to visit serious issues that women face, and sometimes there just needs to be a tear-jerking moment. I want to read and write about romance, friendship, and familial relationships. About careers, college days, the small-yet-dramatic issues, and those life-altering decisions. I want to laugh, cry, and occasionally shout, “What are you thinking?!” And, naturally, I want it to be done in a way that I, as a woman, can relate to, aspire to, and can thoroughly enjoy. Chick Lit’s just got it all!
The reason I thought I’d chat up the genre is because When Girlfriends Chase Dreams, from the cover to the wedding theme, really does deserve the frequent comments, “THIS When Girlfriends book is a chick lit!” It’s true, leading lady and blushing bride Claire Linley has the chaotic wedding to plan, the relationship that’s in need of attention, and fantastic girlfriends to see her from dress-fitting to the altar, with all the usual hilarity and endearing moments throughout.
But, as with the other novels in my When Girlfriends… collection, chick lit can also be When Girlfriends Step Up, when Robin has to figure out how she’s going to deal with a very unexpected pregnancy. Life isn’t always going to serve you what you expect, or think you can handle. Chick Lit can be When Girlfriends Make Choices, when Lara finds herself caught up in an affair with a married man. The genre can bring you ambiguity, it can tug at the heart strings, and it can ask some tough questions.
Chick Lit is everything, with a focus on women and women’s issues, and it’s filled with splashes of humor, sexiness, emotion, and the occasional fashion-this or super-girly-that. And that’s why I love writing and reading this genre. I know that no matter what I’m in the mood to read, chick lit will satisfy the appetite!
Thank you for inviting me to guest post on your blog, Kathleen. And thank you so much for being a part of the tour! It’s been fun!
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About The Author
When Girlfriends Chase Dreams by Savannah Page ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
When Girlfriends Chase Dreams by Savannah Page
Book 4: When Girlfriends ... series
Publication: Pearls and Pages
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Format: Paperback - 465 pages / Kindle - 559 KB / Nook - 941 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance
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Book 5: When Girlfriends Take Chances (Published July 12, 2013)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Claire Linley is finally a bride! After nearly ten years with her college freshman sweetheart, Claire is going to become Mrs. Conner Whitley. She's got her bridal magazines, is the biggest Martha Stewart fan, and subscribes to all the major wedding blogs. She's been dreaming of this moment for years! How could planning her dream wedding be anything but perfect?
The easy-going and bubbly type, Claire will obviously have a blast planning, and with her fantastic group of girlfriends-made-bridesmaids she just can't go wrong. Whether it's wedding gown shopping, makeup trials, or cake-tasting, Claire's friends are there in a pinch.
But how big does the pinch get? All Claire wants to do is get married, but at every turn something seems to go awry and she's starting to lose it. How is a girl supposed to remain cool and collected when the pricey dream wedding planner isn't turning out to be so dreamy? When DIY projects and the perfect venue are going up in smoke? How is Claire supposed to marry Conner when the special day that's supposed to join them together, forever, is slowly tearing them apart?
This is the charming story about how sometimes the biggest events in life are defined by the smallest acts of kindness and love. It's a love story about dreaming large, loving deeply, and, in the end, truly having the happiest day of your life, no matter what happens (or doesn't). About what happens when girlfriends chase dreams.
My Book Review:
What do best girlfriends do when one of their own is chasing the wedding planning dream?
In When Girlfriends Chase Dreams, the fourth installment of the When Girlfriends ... collection, author Savannah Page transports the reader back to Seattle for another visit with the six best girlfriends that we've come to know and love: Claire, Sophie, Robin, Lara, Jackie and Emily. This time it's Claire's turn to tell her story! After nagging longtime boyfriend Conner Whitley to get married, Conner finally proposed to Claire in When Girlfriends Make Choices, now it's time for Claire to plan her wedding in eight months <gasp!>. Claire takes the reader along for the ride on her journey to the altar with hilarious wedding plan mishaps and bridezilla moments, and in true bestie spirit, her five girlfriends are there to share in all the joy that wedded bliss will bring the bride-to-be.
There is nothing more enjoyable than reading a Chick Lit story about weddings, especially when you can relate to all the drama that the bride-to-be goes through when she is planning her special day. In When Girlfriends Chase Dreams, I found myself nodding my head, laughing and reminiscing about my own wedding as I followed Claire's journey down the wedding planning path to the altar. Every best laid plan can have snags, and Claire has her share in this entertaining story. Disagreements with her parents, picking fights with Conner, DIY snafus (and boy can I relate to these as I too did craft items for my wedding), to wedding planner and dress issues, our bridezilla sure had a hard time making final wedding plan decisions, but seriously girls... whose wedding plans have gone perfectly smooth with no hiccups?!
I really enjoyed catching up with all six girlfriends, the author does a great job of intertwining all of the latest news about each of the girls within the main storyline. She has a smooth style of integrating snippets from the previous books' storylines into the current book that makes it easy for the reader to feel like they haven't missed a thing while waiting to read the next installment in the collection. This is such a fun collection to read, the six girlfriends continue to show what true friendship is all about: through good and bad times, thick and thin, ups and downs, and every trial and tribulation that befalls them, these six lovely ladies are supportive and always there for each other. I am looking forward to reading about Emily's story in the next installment in the collection, When Girlfriends Take Chances.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, thoroughly fun and entertaining collection of Chick Lit stories that celebrates womanhood and the strong bonds of friendship, then When Girlfriends ... is a must read, you won't be disappointed!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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