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Book Review: Scarlett Says by Julie L. Cannon

Scarlett Says
By Julie L. Cannon
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Released 4/1/14

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: 6 nights.  I tried to have this review ready for debut day (2 days ago), just didn’t happen.  Also another book where my opinion changed over time.  Actually more as I neared the end of this book.  The beginning was sad and depressing and my original review was going to start out “I think I got diabetes just reading this book.”  But it was all part of the lead up to a super sweet, almost had me in tears, ending.

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The book follows Joan Marie Meeler.  Resident of Atlanta, Daughter of an Atlanta socialite, social outcast, food lover, and huge Gone With the Wind(GWTW) fan, the book follows her through a very low point in her life, to, well I don’t want to spoil, but as I mentioned above, it has a happy ending.

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Joan keeps a blog titled “Scarlett Says” which addresses topics throughout GWTW (the book and movie) and puts a current spin on them.  A few are typed out in the book, with many other mentioned that I would have loved to read.  She gets bolder as her followers increase and takes on more and more controversy.  Joan really looks up to Scarlett O’Hara as a role model, but as she dives into topics realizes she is far from perfect and must make the distinction between fiction and reality. She has her “regulars” and her interactions with them and feelings towards them are quite amusing and escalate over time.   As a blogger, I can’t help but feel proud of her for increasing her readership by almost 10 fold over the course of the book!

Through Siggy, her friend from work, her fluffy white cat, Dandelion, and a few other colorful characters, Joan really comes into her own over the course of this book.  It took a turn I wasn’t expecting when Joan, unlike her, on a whim, attended church with Siggy.  It was quite humorous and uncomfortable at the same time, but also started Joan exploring God, and well I don’t want to spoil…but after I read I guess this book does fall into Christian fiction!

I enjoyed the references to Atlanta as it is where I currently reside and when I first moved here I spent many years right around where Joan lived and worked.  We even looked into renting out Margaret Mitchell’s house for our wedding reception!

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The mention of diabetes above is that Joan describes herself as a “generous” woman, and I guess the author wanted to really drive in her appetite by outlining just how much (and terribly) she ate.  From pans of Pillsbury sweet buns, to her large orders at Krispy Kreme, Krystal and McDonalds, it had my stomach turning at times.  But throughout the book, food became less of a crutch, which was good for both her and the reader!

Overall a really sweet book.  Joan grows in all definitions of the word.  She tackles past demons, and becomes a very admirable, confident woman.  Read the description below, I could go on as I really did enjoy this book and there were so many great moments, but check it out for yourself.  It’s a good one!

From Amazon:

For 30-year-old literature lover Joan Meeler, there is no heroine so admirable as Gone With the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara. Joan, with her quiet nature and love of good food, falls shockingly short of Scarlett’s outspoken passion, strength, and 17-inch waist. Yet as the secret hostess of an advice blog called Scarlett Says, she discovers she’s quite adept at dispensing advice in Scarlett’s devil-may-care tone.

Joan is happy to live vicariously . . . until she meets Charles, a Christian and faithful Scarlett Says reader, who suddenly has Joan dreaming of something more. Since Scarlett has never let her down, Joan digs deeper and deeper into her heroine’s mind, searching for something to calm her rising insecurities. But her search falls short, and Joan realizes that she must look within herself—and to God—to uncover the inner confidence she never knew she possessed.

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Teaser Tuesday – April 1st

Happy Tuesday!  And Happy April Fools Day!  Wish I were more creative and could come up with  a joke…but can’t quite think that hard today!

I’m working my way through the book I started last Tuesday – so I have another teaser from the same book.  Mixed feelings on this book so far, still waiting for something to rope me in as it’s been pretty level so far.  Review hopefully coming later this week!

It is from Scarlett Says by Julie Cannon (click on book for description), coming out TODAY!!

“I look at him and thought I’m not surprised, I am astonished.  I’ve spent innumerable hours regretting just one particular thing I said I wish I could un-say.” (65% through)

And a bonus one for today because it has my blog title in it:

“Also I see the corners of the leather are worn, the pages dog-eared.  Much more so that my precious copy of Gone with the Wind.” (47% through)

Here are the rules:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday – March 25th

I’m writing out my latest book review (here), publish it, then move along, when it hits me – it’s TUESDAY!!  Seriously, my brain is gone lately.  I’m actually going through NetGalley as we speak trying to find a new read.  Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of books piled up, but for whatever reason, I want something different!  I can’t quite figure out why…so today I’m going to pick the last book in my queue and really pick a random quote for you.

It is from Scarlett Says by Julie Cannon (click on book for description), coming out next Tuesday!

“It’s so quiet I can hear Siggy breathing.  Am I willing to pay the high price he’s asking? I ask myself.  Willing to enter the world of my nightmares, to exchange pieces of my life – painful memories – to get this freedom?” (59% in)

I think I’ll be diving into this tonight – even I have no idea what is coming – this was a good one if I do say so myself!!

Here are the rules:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Thanks for stopping by today – please leave your link below too!

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