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Talk of the Town (Daily, Texas #1)

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The show American Megastar is the hottest thing on television but its associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is worried. She's just arrived in the tiny town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise "reunion concert" for hometown finalist Amber Amberson. Only it turns out everyone in town seems to know the secret. And paparazzi are arriving. And word from Hollywood is that ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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April
Mar 10, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was unexpectedly charmed. The book is a romance, without it being an obvious romance. In fact, it's more seemingly about friendship, small towns, and the fish out of water -- but it's got kind of a romantic comedy vibe to it. The two POVs are the heroine's and another female character's. The heroine, Mandalay, is from L.A., and she's in a small town because as a producer in a reality TV show much like American Idol, she's supposed to do a piece about one of the contestant's hometown and childh ...more
Joleen
Jun 22, 2016 Joleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I enjoy 1800's westerns, or older British storylines, so this was sort of a recess. Not a bad recess...just different.
The story has two voices:
Mandalay Florentino, a music executive of sorts, who works for an American Idol sort of singing competition.... and
Imagene Doll, an Aunt Bea sort of character, who is a sweet older woman who ends up to be quite helpful to Mandalay.
The story is all about a small town sweet Christian girl who is making it to the top 5 where she will have her homet
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Lyuba
Aug 01, 2011 Lyuba rated it it was amazing
Talk of the Town ended up being completely different from what I expected. I expected a romance novel, but I got a story of friendship with romance thrown in for good measure.

The story takes place in a small town of Daily, Texas, completely run down and very sad. But the town gets its second chance, when one of their own gets into top 5 in American Idol type of program.

The story is told from the point of view of two women. One is Mandalay, the producer of the show who is tasked with top secret
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute story- I'd give it more of a 3.5 than a flat 3 if there was an option. I got 'Talk of the Town' as a free Kindle book back in Feb. and it finally made it's way to the top of the "To be Read' list- now I'm kicking myself for not reading it earlier. The story is told from 2 viewpoints, one being Mandalay Florentino, associate producer of an American Idol like TV show, who has come to small town Daily, Texas to set up a remote shoot the show will be using to spotlight young Amber Anderson ...more
Lisa Carter
Jun 22, 2013 Lisa Carter rated it really liked it
Really loved the quirky characters and homespun warmth of Daily, a small, Southern town in Texas. Completely drawn in by toe-curling romance. Laughed out loud at sounds-like-me moments. I can't wait to read the rest of Wingate's Texas Hill Country novels. Loved the beautiful picture she painted of God's sovereign hand over all the details and situations of our lives—despite our mistakes, course correcting to come full circle to become the truest self we were always meant to be.
Kelly
Mar 25, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This author can write so well even in different styles. The first series I read of hers, had more of a suspenseful edge, but this book, which is the first book in another series had me laughing my head off! I loved it, and now am going on to the second book!
Melissa
Oct 04, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, religion
I had read the 2nd book in this series by Lisa Wingate a long time ago (Word Gets Around) and I had enjoyed it. Enough that when I saw this first book I decided to give it a read. They can be read in any order as the plots are separate from one another, so that didn't make any difference to my enjoyment of this one. What did make a difference was the fact that this one was almost excruciating to get through.

Mandalay Florentino is a producer from California who has landed in Daily, TX as part of
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Mary
Oct 21, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any of Lisa Wingate's books before, but I'm a sucker for a romantic comedy, so I thought I'd give it a try. Overall, it's a well-written, engaging, and inspirational story. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for a positive and lighthearted read.

Set in the small town of Daily, Texas, Talk of the Town is filled with memorable and varied characters. Daily's the kind of place that we all secretly wish we could live - a small, rural town where everybody knows and looks out for eve
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Gail
Oct 10, 2008 Gail rated it liked it
This was a fun, lively women's fiction read with a nice romance. Heroine works for an American-Idol-esque reality show and has been sent to prep for the "Visit Home" show for one of the contestants who is a small-town Texas gospel singer nobody believes is real. The heroine is trying to keep the purpose of her visit a secret--which, given that she's come to a small Texas town, is pretty much impossible. Why else would a sleek stranger from California come to town? The other main character of the ...more
Caroline
Sep 28, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
What a wonderful book by Lisa Wingate and an excellent narration by Johanna Parker!

Things I loved:
1) Small town charm of Daily, Texas with extra quirky characters like Imagene Doll and Donetta.
2) Johanna Parker's voice repertoire - old voice of Imagene Doll, voice of Amber with a Texas drawl, high pitched voice of Donetta with Texas twang, Swedish voice of Ursula, old drunken voice of Verl.
3) Imagene Doll's use of animal/farm metaphors - "happy as pig in poop", "they will be all over you like st
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Kristina
Mar 27, 2010 Kristina rated it it was ok
This was a Kindle freebie I thought I'd try out. I gave this book two stars because it was just okay. There really wasn't anything all that special about it as it was extremely predictable from start to finish. If you're looking for a rosy-colored perfect happy ending then this is it. I won't really spoil too much by saying there is one point in the book where two of the main characters get in a tiff, but at no point did I ever doubt they would make right up and "ride off into the sunset."

I did
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Cindy
Mar 18, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
Lisa Wingate is an author whose dialog and knowledge of Texas makes you hear the drawl in your head while you read. Her Texan on-dits are charming and funnier than a black bear being chased by a bunny rabbit! I do not care much for the way she alternates the story between two characters in order to tell the story, as it left me restless, but by about 4 or 6 chapters I was resigned to it and it stopped being so irritating. However, I must exclaim over the younger heroine's opportunity to tell the ...more
Diane
Jul 21, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. I listened to it on tape and I found that a delightful way to "hear" the southern accents and get a feel for the characters. I love Lisa's way of intertwining stories of women of differing ages and stages in life. This book told the story of a up and coming producer of a reality TV show and the women in a small southern town in Texas. Several times I didn't see any obvious ending (which is a plus) but there were times, the next turn was obvious. Some characters were us ...more
Jennifer
Mar 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the book on CD. It had me laughing a lot. The characters were so fun and likable. The narrator, Johanna Parker, was wonderful. She brought this book to a ever higher level with her voice talent. I look forward to reading more books by Lisa Wingate. I love her sense of humor and down to earth , real life writing.
Jowellyn Neville
Jan 28, 2013 Jowellyn Neville rated it it was ok
This book lacked pace and was at times a tedious read. After a very slow start, it finally became into it's own in the last few chapters. If you're prepared to plod through most of the book, it does have a satisfactory conclusion.
Peggy Purser Freeman
Jun 20, 2015 Peggy Purser Freeman rated it it was amazing
Love the main characters, although the voice of some characters grated on my nerves, I have to admit I have heard some people exactly like them. Lisa Wingate draws me in with her great inspiration, mixed with romance. No preaching. No too holy to be real characters. Honest, good and well written.
Cindy
Aug 04, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Pleasant read, will read next in series & author again. No language, sex, or gore. Christian-based. Recommended.
Delinda Mauney
Jan 07, 2014 Delinda Mauney rated it really liked it
Lisa Wingate is an excellent author. Easy to read and keeps you interested. Have several of her books I plan to read
Jerry
Jun 24, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it
A sweet, charming romance.
Kelly
Mar 23, 2017 Kelly rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars. A little hard to get into at the start, but it ended up being a cute story. It had more depth than I expected while still be a light story if that makes any sense. It was more than just a flaky romance, but Mandalay learning about herself and her life perspective and priorities. I also liked Imagene's perspective later in the book as she recognizes similar ideals from a different vantage point. Fun read.
carol ann miller
Interesting

This was a very interesting book. Two people tell a cute story about a small town and the people who live there. I am sure you will enjoy this book.
Janice Dick
I’ve read a number of Lisa Wingate’s novels and enjoyed every one. Talk of the Town affirmed my love for Wingate’s writing. This contemporary Christian fiction is really funny. The characters are just crazy enough to be believable, and for those of us who grew up in or around a very small town, we understand the distinctiveness of the townspeople, their connectedness for better or for worse, the real life that happens in places most people have never heard of.

Mandalay Florentino is the associate
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Carol Bishop
Mar 05, 2017 Carol Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Story

It has a slow start, but all of a sudden you know all of the characters and can't wait to see what happens next.
Ashley
Dec 03, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
I got this book for free for my kindle. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised the more I read.

What I liked: I liked the price obviously. The characters were lovable. Imogene and Mandalay were people that just seemed good, kind people. I loved them the more I read about them. The entire story wasn't predictable. The Carter surprise wasn't predictable and I loved everything surrounding Amber because it was exciting and found me wanting more. She is such a sweet gal and sm
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Beverly Frisby
Feb 21, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
What happens when a TV producer from the big city meets the small town Texas charm of the citizens of Daily, TX? A well written, exciting, and funny story that will have you laughing out loud one minute and wanting to write down inspirational passages the next.

“Talk of the Town” is the zany story of a producer, her Swedish boss (the kind everyone loves to hate), an eclectic mix of town people and a talented young girl who deals with fame. Ms. Wingate tells the story in first person through the e
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Lynn
Jan 14, 2014 Lynn added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn by: Patsye Peebles
Shelves: kindle-freebie
This is one I downloaded because my Mom recommended it to me and she enjoys the author. I struggled with the first half of the book but enjoyed the second half.

The thing to note about this book is that it takes place in a small town and the small town has as much development, or maybe more, than a character. I would think that people from small southern town might enjoy this aspect. For me the descriptions and development that this took made the first part of the books slow. There are also two n
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Dailycheapreads
Feb 28, 2011 Dailycheapreads rated it it was amazing
Talk of the Town will transport you to a warm, cozy diner in Daily, Texas.

Daily, the small town you wish you were from, is the true star of this series. Lisa Wingate does a masterful job of creating characters that are authentic and entertaining, but not caricatures.

Talk of the Town begins as local girl Amber Anderson becomes a finalist on an American Idol-type show. Daily becomes a hotbed of activity and the town rises to the occasion to protect its own little celebrity. The action centers in t
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Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it
A story of overcoming the odds with a corral full of laughs, Talk of the Town is delightful to read. The inhabitants of Daily, Texas, are a quirky bunch. From Donetta, the hairdresser who also owns the once-closed-now-open impossible, haunted hotel above her beauty shop to the stuttering dump truck driver, Doyle, a member of the Countertop Club, you'll fall in love with all of them. There's even a bookcase passageway between the coffee shop where Imagene works as a waitress and her best friend's ...more
Nenette
Feb 04, 2011 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Wingate is a gifted storyteller who could write a seemingly simple story, and still have a profound effect on readers who would heed the words of inspiration that are ever-present in all her works. Really, her stories have very simple plot, almost formulaic, but the reader is sure to be left with a feeling of upliftment, not only at the end, but even whilst reading.

Talk of the Town is about Amber, a small town girl who hit the big time in a reality singing contest called American Megastar (
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Cait
Sep 29, 2014 Cait rated it really liked it
I downloaded Talk of the Town free from Kobo on whim and I was pleasantly surprised! This book is delightful! It is definitely a romance, but so much more than that. It's also about friendship, small towns, and big dreams.
The story is told from two different points of view. First, from Mandalay's perspective. She is a TV producer on an American Idol type reality show, who is sent to the small town of Daily, Texas to do a background story on one of the shows final four contestants named Amber. I
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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for pro ...more
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“Somewhere, deep within me, beyond the passion, beyond the beauty of the night, that little spark of Daily magic ignited in me again, began burning in a place that had gone dark and untended, that had yearned to be bright and warm. I felt it now, something old, something new, something complete. Perhaps it had been in there in me all along, the belief that there is a plan and a purpose, that God whispers into every life, some things that are beyond the scope of the mind, and can only be felt with the heart and the spirit.

Those dreams, the dreams that are dreamed *for* us, not by us, are the truest of all.”
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“Sometimes it ain't the drunk or the sinner who needs a shovel across the rear, it's the ones who could quote you chapter and verse about grace, but don't hand it out.” 4 likes
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