Friday, September 16, 2011
Barcelona Calling: A Book Review
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.”
You can read an excerpt of Barcelona Calling here, in PDF format.
About The Author:
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.
I have been a fan of Jane Kirkpatrick for sometime now, and to put her in the same category at Neta Jackson (done in the description) is pure genius and a comparison with which I completely agree!
Barcelona Calling has wonderfully developed characters, and I could relate to many of them. The story is one that could happen to any of us, yet combines good ole' historical fiction at its best. You will be transported back in time, with wonderful descriptions and you will feel as though you are living out each scene as you read the book.
I highly recommend this book, as well any of Kirkpatrick's novels, to all historical fiction fans! I give Barcelona Calling a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Barcelona Calling at your favorite bookseller, from Zondervan Publishers when it releases October 1, 2011
***I received a complimentary e-copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***