Sep 7, 2011

Barcelona Calling by Jane Kirkpatrick

From bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick comes this relational story about a close-knit group of five women and their pursuit of life goals. You'll be encouraged and entertained!

In the tradition of Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series, Kirkpatrick invites you into the lives of five women friends who promise to help each other achieve their life goals. Annie Shaw's goal is far from simple: become famous. But she's in trouble after quitting her day job to write full-time. Her second novel tanked, and her new editor wants her to re-write the ending of her latest work to ensure this one is more successful. In order to pursue fame and an elusive bestseller, Annie travels to Chicago, acquires a rambunctious dog, and participates in antics better suited to a television reality show than real life.

Can Annie's best friends help her achieve her goals without destroying her future?

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick, known for her superb historical novels, writes this bold, fresh, contemporary story she always threatened she'd one day "put down on paper to make people laugh and consider the true treasures of their hearts."

Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of twenty books and is a two-time winner of the WILLA Literary Award. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor given to writers such as Barbara Kingsolver and Larry McMurtry. For twenty-six years she "homesteaded" with her husband Jerry on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon. She now lives with Jerry, and her two dogs and one cat on small acreage in Central Oregon while she savors the value of friendship over fame.

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Title: Barcelona Calling
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
ISBN: 9780310412465

Jane Kirkpatrick is best known for her historical fiction books, The Change and Cherish Historical Series and The Tender Ties Historical Series come to mind immediately when I hear her name.

Barcelona Calling is a very different type of story for Jane Kirkpatrick. It is the story of a group of contemporary women who support and encourage each other, and they have some very bizarre escapades along the way.

Annie Shaw is the main character in the book, and she is a struggling author. Her latest book is actually based on a trip that she made to Barcelona, and gives details of her chance meeting with a handsome man that captured her heart and her dreams.

In her real life, Annie is desperate to get her book ranked as a bestseller. Her friends convince her that her best shot is to get her latest title listed on Oprah's book list. They make several attempts to contact Oprah through her chef, her dog groomer, and they even attend one of Oprah's shows.  Everything they try turns into one crazy disaster after another.

Now it's time to be honest about my personal reaction to this book.  The author's attempt at humour actually annoyed me after the first few chapters. I longed for the more traditional and historical style of novel that Jane is known for.

Overall, I was disappointed in this book.  It was too far fetched and silly to be believable, and I really struggled to get through it. However, I will still be a faithful and enthusiastic reader of Jane Kirkpatrick's more traditional and historical titles. 

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Zondervan. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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