Book: Daring Chloe
Series: Getaway Girls #1
Authoress: Laura Jensen Walker
Genre: Christian Chick Lit
My summary: The night before her wedding, Chloe's fiancé calls off their wedding via text message! Right then and there Chloe could have stopped living and become depressed. But Chloe's ending is really just her beginning. With the help of her book club (The Paperback Girls) Chloe learns to live, stop being afraid, and enjoy life.
My say: This book hooked me right from the start. Before I knew it I was scrambling for a pen to take notes and scribble down quotes. The Paperback Girls decide each month to take an adventure and try something new based on the book club selection for that month. Soon they are going on blind dates, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, and preparing to take cooking lessons in Paris.
My verdict: This is a book about Chloe daring to try the things she has only read about. I really really loved it.
My recommendation: Read this when you are in the mood to hang out with other bookworms and visit Paris.
My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My cautionary note: Don't read this looking for a love story. Chloe doesn't kiss Mr. Right under the Eiffel Tower. On the contrary Chloe learns to love her self. Now that is the most beautiful love story of all, don't ya think?
My meter readings:
My kiddie-o-meter: Any issues are skimmed and handled very tastefully making this one safe for even tweens.
My adult-o-meter: Adults will love this one too. The characters range in age from early twenties to mid-fifties and all types of women are represented in this book.
Why you should try this book:
- The main character is a bookworm who loves Rosemary Clooney. The retrophile in me squealed at every Rosemary Clooney reference.
- Each chapter begins with fantastic quotes from works of literature like Little Women and Emma.
- What booklover doesn't LOVE reading about another booklover's adventures?
- Best pick-up line ever! While reading Little Women, Chloe is approached by a gorgeous surfer who says to her, "I'm Ben. Would you like to get together later and debate whether Meg should have married Mr. Brooke or held out for a rich guy?"
My final say: Please don't let the Christian label on this one scare you away. Chloe is a Christian, she goes to church on Sundays, and she believes in saving her self for marriage but that is where the references end. This novel is about finding your self and stepping out of your box. I can not wait to read the next one.