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Liz Talley

Forfatter af Room to Breathe

47 Værker 532 Medlemmer 29 Anmeldelser


Værker af Liz Talley

Room to Breathe (2019) 70 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Deconstructed (2022) 67 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Adulting: A Novel (2021) 64 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Wedding War (2020) 30 eksemplarer
Charmingly Yours (2016) 21 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Vegas Two-Step (2010) 20 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Perfectly Charming (2016) 20 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Wrong Bed Christmas (2015) — Forfatter — 19 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Taste of Texas (2011) 18 eksemplarer
A Down Home Christmas (2019) 17 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Road to Bayou Bridge (2012) 15 eksemplarer
The Spirit of Christmas (2012) 15 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Come Home to Me (2018) 14 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Little Texas (2011) 14 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
His Uptown Girl (2013) 12 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Waters Run Deep (2012) 12 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Cowboys for Christmas (2014) 9 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Sweet Talking Man (Home in Magnolia Bend) (2015) 8 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
His Brown-Eyed Girl (2013) 7 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Under the Autumn Sky (2012) 6 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Sweetest September (Home in Magnolia Bend) (2014) 6 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Way to Texas (2010) 6 eksemplarer
Once Upon a Wedding (11-in-1) (2019) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
A Touch of Scarlet (2011) 5 eksemplarer
Cowboy Crush (2016) 5 eksemplarer
All That Charm (2017) 4 eksemplarer
Christmas Roses (9-in-1) (2017) 2 eksemplarer
The Nerd Who Loved Me (2012) 2 eksemplarer
A Christmas so Sweet (2018) 2 eksemplarer
Hotter in Atlanta (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Third Time's the Charm (2018) 1 eksemplar
La magie de Noël (2015) 1 eksemplar
Võlutult sinu (2022) 1 eksemplar
Dold bland skuggorna Prľude (2014) 1 eksemplar

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20th Century
USA (birth)
Louisiana, USA



I’m not normally one for women’s lit, which is pretty much what this novel turned out to be, but it’s pretty cute, though I could’ve done without the adult language and topics. The references felt childish and crass in their portrayal and really brought this novel down for me.

Overall I liked it and finished it quickly, but I did feel like it lacked depth, which honestly is great for a summer read. There’s a lot of unnecessary fluff to fill out the narrative and the characters felt two-dimensional, which was disappointing because the plot had promise. The ending is sweet but not as satisfying as I had hoped, wishing a surprise twist would come out of the woodwork, but sadly that never came to be.

Still debating on if I’m going to give the rest of this series a chance...
… (mere)
cflores0420 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 24, 2024 |
2022 pandemic read. Free copy from someplace or other. Worth the money I paid for it. Writing this later-- can't really remember the plot or if I finished it. My apologies to the author.
bookczuk | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 5, 2022 |
Liz Talley is the Mark Twain of Southern women’s literature. She brings her trademark wit to a tale of contemplated revenge and unfounded regret transformed into restorative redemption. Through her clever, wry, and heartfelt tale of Cricket and Ruby, women who live on opposite sides of society’s tracks, Liz examines the perceptions life’s fortunate hold for those less so and the assumptions the ‘less lucky’ make about the ones who seemingly live charmed existences. She tackles the great divide in modern society between the haves and have-nots in a clever story (sans moralizing) in the same manner Twain addressed race and class when he wrote Huckleberry Finn.
Like the book’s title, Liz deconstructs the lives of her main characters and reassembles their existence into something greater than the sum of individual experiences.
Deconstructed is the tale of Cricket, a woman raised with the rigid set of manners and expected station in life only an omnipotent Southern matriarch demands from her debutante daughter, who faces the metaphorical ‘burning down of her house’ with both an impending divorce from her first love, Scott, coupled with her perceived loss of financial stability. And it is the story of her relationship with Ruby, a young woman who wears her piercings like a survivor’s scars and makes exquisite creations from couture cast-offs, an Ugly Duckling whose hopes and dreams tragically squashed on the cusp of womanhood turned into the Swan she was meant to be. A “pioneer tough” heroine described as “sinewy, strong, and designed to withstand hot Louisiana summers ...[who] might as well be a walking advertisement for a pickup truck” transformed into “an edgy, dramatic, dark Cinderella” at the appropriately named Gritz & Glitz ball.
Both Cricket and Ruby rise like Phoenixes from the ashes of their respective dumpster fire lives to prove in another memorable line from the book that “paper people are consumed by fire, dissipating into ash before scattering to the wind… but others, those made of steel use the fire to form an edge… melding them into something stronger.”
These Southern women are truly ‘Steel Magnolias.’
The supporting cast is richly drawn displaying the disparities between the rich and ruined. I adored the potential suitors: Griff, Ty and Dak who despite their socio-economic differences shared one thing in common: the love and support of the brave women in their lives learning to own their strength. They are my new favorite book boyfriends.
Ms. Talley’s story has a depth that remains light-hearted as Cricket notes “let us never forget cute as a qualification for everything in life.” Each page brought a chuckle or grin to my face as when Cricket reminds us “a smile [is] your best accessory.”
Like Ruby’s description of Gram at her birthday party, this book felt “like home to me.” Ms. Talley has shared this story has been gestating for nine years. It was worth the wait. I hope we don’t have to wait nearly as long for her to revisit these characters or themes again.
… (mere)
wcdukes | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 4, 2022 |
Small town good girl and children's librarian, Nellie Hughes, is stuck in a rut. After being convinced by her citied best friend, Nellie agrees to a makeover, an assumed identity and a week long trip to Vegas. Nellie falls head over heels for her fling with club owner Jack Darby, but when she leaves him heartbroken with more questions than answers, he tracks her down to Oak Stand, Texas where he tries to break down her resolve. The story was tightly paced, relatable, and PG-13 steamy. The dialogue was believable, and, at times, comedic. Jack and Nellie are a couple you end up rooting for despite their differences. I couldn't put this book down for more than a day without missing it.… (mere)
RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |



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