Reviewed by Rel Mollet
Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate
"...just the ticket for those looking for a light hearted and humorous read."
Daily, Texas is a world away from the glitz of Hollywood, but when reality TV show American Megastar spawns a home town finalist, Hollywood heads for Daily in the form of associate producer, Mandalay Florentino.
Mandalay's job is on a knife edge and she hopes young Amber Anderson will save her skin. Determined to protect Amber from the prying eyes of other networks while planning a secret reunion concert, Amber doesn't count on Daily's small town ability to unearth every secret a city girl has.
Heading up the Daily grapevine is Imagene Doll, a feisty senior citizen who thrives on small town gossip all the while using her Southern charm to glean information. And then there is handsome cowboy Carter, with charms of a completely different kind!
Lisa Wingate has drawn on her Southern roots in this contemporary tale of a reality TV producer, an innocent hopeful and small Texas town. Chapters alternate between the first person voices of Mandalay and Imagene providing their unique perspectives on the unfolding events. While this sometimes makes for choppy reading, it certainly adds humour and expands the readers' experience. The quirks and compassion of a small country town people are juxtaposed against the goldfish bowl environment of the Hollywood scene. Lisa taps into the current fascination with reality TV and the lure of overnight fame and shows the impact a person of faith and integrity can have in a sometimes shallow world. Talk of the Town is just the ticket for those looking for a light hearted and humourous read.
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".