Review by KT Sullivan
Searcy Roberts is waiting for her husband and high school sweetheart, Alton, to come home for their anniversary. Instead, she sees his picture flash across the television screen as a missing person. Turns out he has quit his job, joined an Ashram, and wants a divorce. With him goes her credit cards, designer clothes, and deluxe apartment. Saying she’s pregnant to make him reconsider, he informs her he had a vasectomy and is not the father.
Searcy decides to pay her mom, Maggie, an extended visit. She owns the Pie Girls Bakery and her high school friend, Tobi, works there. There are big troubles at home: Maggie is very ill, Tobi can’t cook, and the rent is six months overdue. Searcy uses her dwindling cash stash to resupply the bakery and help Maggie. Searcy pulls out her grandmother’s old recipes and gets baking.
Luke, the owner of the bike shop next door, is helpful and cute. He fixes a leaky water pipe, cleans up the shop after a paint spill, and falls in love with Searcy. She has feelings for him too, but has no time for romance. Instead, she plans a fundraiser to save the shop by selling all her old clothes and furniture that Alton sends to her after the divorce papers are signed. Will Searcy comes up with enough cash to save the Pie Girls Bakery?
Many women are forced to start over after a divorce. Searcy makes the best of all the problems thrown at her. Her relationship with her mother and connection with her hometown is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the ending, as it has a bit of an It’s a Wonderful Life feel to it. With family, friends and food, what’s not to like about this book? It left me wanting some pie!
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About the Author:
Lauren Clark writes contemporary women’s fiction set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with love, family, and friendship. Her characters are real women; smart and sassy, who tackle complicated issues with tenacity and intelligence.
A former TV anchor and journalist at WWNY and WTVY, Lauren’s big loves are family, paying it forward, and flavored coffee. She lives in Mobile, Ala., surrounded by family and friends who inspire her writing.
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Dancing Naked in Dixie & Pie Girls