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Daring Chloe (Getaway Girls #1)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  685 ratings  ·  101 reviews
When Chloe Adams' fiance dumps her---the night before their wedding---two girlfriends from her book group decide a little adventure is in order for the three of them. After all, why let a perfectly good honeymoon cruise go to waste?Adventure? Chloe Adams? No way! Chloe's lived in one town her whole life. The closest she's ever gotten to actual adventures is reading about t ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 8th 2008 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published June 1st 2008)
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Donna
I thought I liked Chick Lit books but I'm beginning to wonder. The last couple that I have read have been pretty awful. On the other hand they were free (for the Kindle) so that may have something to do with it.

This story is about Chloe, a 29 year old who gets left at the alter. Over the next year, with the help of her book club friends, she expands her horizons. The problem with this book is it was sooo boring. There is an excrutiatingly long description of her making tea in the kitchen that m
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Sonia
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is classified as Christian fiction, and I'll be honest, even as a person of deep faith, I tend to shy away from Christian fiction, it's just not one of my favorite genres to read. That being said, I absolutely loved this book because although it carried with it an element of the Christian faith, the faith was not at all the focus of the story. So for me, personally, it just felt like an extension of my life and my relationships with my friends. We live busy act ...more
Melissa
I decided to read Daring Chloe because I wanted something light and fun (it was also free for Kindle). It turns out, this book is too light, and so far it isn't fun at all. I'm having a very hard time liking the characters, and the dialogue is just fake. People do not talk like the characters in this book.

There is very little character development. I get how Walker is trying to develop each character through the plot, but it's not enough. Having each character tell stories about themselves in c
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Trisha
I read this book because it was free on my Kindle. I have been trying to read the free books to open up myself to some new authors and read things I would not normally buy. It was light reading and actually was nice to get lost in something so freeing. It truly is about someone learning that they are responsible for thier own happiness and that is so uplifting but if you are reading this and waiting for something big to happen it never does. This book just breezes along and stays at the same pac ...more
Anita
What's not to like about a book about a bunch of friend in a book club, especially when they talk about the books and quote from them through out?

When Chloe's fiance dumps her via text message the night before the wedding, she decides to go on her honeymoon to Mexico any way, but with two girl friends. The friends who are part of Chloe's book club decide that they should start having adventures to go along with the books they read.

What I really liked about this book was that it was unexpected.
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Elizabeth Ray
Daring Chloe by Laura Jensen Walker was about main character Chloe and her book club. The book begins with Chloe's fiance breaking up her wedding the night before/morning of the ceremony. Her picture perfect fairy tale ending has been blown to pieces and the rest of the book is her picking up those pieces and making a new life. Luckily, her book club members, The Paperback Girls, are there to help her along the way.

She and a couple friends decide to go on her already-paid-for Honeymoon Cruise t
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Brittany
I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it. Indifferent would be the word. I read two books about Paris back to back. The 1st was a YA book & the whole thing was amazing. I can see that the author tried. Hard. In the end this book didn't really do any thing for me. It was an easy read & I didn't feel any more enriched or left feeling more educated then when I started it. The point of the book was there was a break up & Chloe was supposed to grow & "blossom into a butterfly" as ...more
Tin
About a quarter of the book was spent on Chloe crying and getting over her ex-fiance Chris, half was building up the excitement about their Paris trip, and the last quarter, the actual Paris trip and other adventures they went to before that.

During the Paris portion of the book, it was more of a travel guide in novel form. At first, there were conversations between the characters, but towards the end, everything else was narrated. Even the conclusion of the trip and the book itself turned out to
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Ky
The premise of Daring Chloe really intrigued me. The series follows the characters in a book club. They read and discuss their chosen novels, but they also go on adventures based on the themes of the books. Pretty cool idea, in my opinion.

Chloe is a pleasant and relatable character. She actually reminds me of myself because I have a hard time trying out new things sometimes, though I'm not as fearful of as many things as the character. It was nice to see Chloe grow and become less fearful after
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Debi
When Chloe is dumped by her fiance the night before her wedding via text message, she is devastated. Her book club friends are there for her as she attempts to move on with her life. Their book club leader has them try new things that are related to the books they are reading, including going to Paris. Chloe has always played it safe and trying new things and being adventurous is not her style. Stretching herself, she moves out of her comfort zone and is able to grow as a person.

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Stephany
Jan 09, 2010 Stephany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wanted to read a good chick-lit novel, full of adventure and "finding yourself"
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Angela Risner
Why does a woman’s life not start until she is dumped at the altar? The last book I reviewed started the same way.

I do love many things about this book (and it’s a series, so I’m interested in checking out the next one): It’s about a multi-generational book club, they decide to act out some of the adventures in the books they’re reading, and they end up taking a trip to Paris.

Also, I enjoyed the ending, which was different from most of these books. I think that each book is going to focus on a
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Elaine
Chloe is jealous of her older sister Julia and forever critical of her, referring to her as "Julia the Perfect." She believes Julia to be their mother's favorite.

Julia and her fiancee continue planning their wedding after Chloe's ex-fiancee calls theirs off the day of their own wedding.

Chloe along with her friends and her Aunt Tess, belong to a paperback book club where they plan adventures relating to the books they read. A visit to an art museum, a camping and hiking trip, and a rafting adven
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Mandy
I enjoyed this novel about a female book club that decides to go on activities inspired by their books culminating with a trip to Paris. As a former French major, I loved seeing so many words in French and loved reading about the trip. After reading it, I turned on some Edith Piaf and pondered where I could get a pain au chocolat.
Heather
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Erika
This was a free download for Kindle and there were points when I was reading this that I questioned why I was reading it. But it is an easy chick-lit summer read with a bit of a Christian lit tilt. And it was funny that the characters lived where I lived (most books aren't set in Sacramento) and then finally toward the end of the book they visit Paris, which was part of the reason I read it. Something that did annoy me was how much brand name-dropping there was in the story. It was so odd. From ...more
Becky
I enjoyed this book at first, although I normally steer clear of "chick-lit". The references to books & authors was interesting; the characters were believable. The idea of forming and being part of a book club is intriguing. I thought this was supposed to be Christian literature, but the rare references to Christianity certainly didn't inspire me. The description of Paris & all it's marvelous wonders was great for the first few pages, but it became ridiculous after awhile. I've been to ...more
Michelle
Like most, I read this because it was free on Kindle. It wasn't a deep, moving, or life changing book by any means. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it. I needed a light, fun read.
This story flowed simply through the life of Chloe Adams after she was dumped virtually at the alter. It follows her and her paperback book club through their books and adventures. I loved the quirky discussions they had. I was very happy to see a book list at the end of the story.
I have to say my favorite part of the stor
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Margie
This is the first of three books in this series. It is Christian fiction, but not over the top. Each characters faith was apart of the story, but not the center of the whole story. I thought Laura Jensen Walker portrayed real characters. I like that she introduced all three characters in the first book. It gave you insights into each of their personalities.

The Paris trip took a little longer then I would have liked. For me a little description goes a long way in a museum.

It was nice that Chloe (
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Danielle Marshall
Between poor editing, an obnoxious voice actor, flat characters, and a shoddy constructed plot, it was like using a cheese grater on my forehead trying to finish this. Meh.
Laura Brown
This was a free download on my Kindle. It's cute but transitions in a very sloppy way. By about halfway through it I was understanding why it was free. The author seems young in her writing style and started to get redundant. I didn't like the chapter/section break downs and honestly stopped really caring where the characters went by about 3/4 through. It was cute but predictable, the title was sort of pushed heavily so you could see the change in the character from start to finish. I am not ups ...more
Kelly Aley
What an interesting storyline, but the author meanders and obviously isn't sure where she wanted to end up. The book club decides to do an activity related to each book they read culminating in a trip to Paris. Fun idea on it's own. The author instead has her heroine jilted at the alter and then has a strange love interest with her ex-fiance's friend which never gets off the ground. It was like she wasn't sure what book to write. No surprise this was a free kindle download because no one should ...more
Melinda
This book was a pleasant surprise from a free or almost free Kindle purchase. As a Christian, I was able to find the writing to be entertaining but also uplifting in my faith. It was also inspirational, as a woman, to read about a young woman who spends much of her time living within self-created limits, find herself and set herself free to soar to new heights. Granted, this book is simple reading and will not tax your brain power in any way, but you will come away from the book feeling better a ...more
Ket Lamb
I am a sucker for contemporary novels set in Paris, so when I spotted the Eiffel Tower on the cover, is it any surprise I decided to read this superficial story? Too bad Chloe doesn't make it to Paris until page 240. Her whirlwind trip reads like an extensive list of predictable tourist traps, instead of an engaging adventure. I guess I was expecting a meaty entree, instead of a cream puff. This "fast food" for readers left me hungry for something more substantial. Dare to go deeper.
Sarah
Free Kindle download. I really liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was much more than the story of a woman who gets jilted, and did not turn into a sappy romance. Rather, it detailed a year in Chloe's life, during which she became fantastically more self-aware.
One (or is it two?) word of warning, however. I came away from this book with two strong desires: 1)to be in a fantastic book group like the one Chloe is in and 2) I really really need to go to Paris!
Amanda
This was a free download for the Kindle, and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. The premise of the story is interesting: a book club chooses an adventure each month to go along with the book they are reading. Sadly, the characters are flat and seemingly important parts of the characters' lives are glossed over while the author goes in to extreme detail in other random places.

Also, apparently this is a "Christian fiction" book, but that was not made apparent on Amazon.
Coffeentea
I got this as a free kindle book. It’s about a woman in her 20’s whose fiancé just dump her the day before her wedding via a text message. This story is about her discovering herself and broadening her horizon. She and her bookclub friends enact adventures from the books they read. Some of the adventure includes hiking, sailing, going on blind dates, a trip to Paris and cooking lessons. I love reading about a book lover.
Alyn
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Ocean
Got this book because it was a free download from kindle and I loved it. Very light and easy read, like many series books, and I wll definitely read the next in the series! It reminds me a lot of Debbie Maccomber series which I also enjoy. You can't come in with high expectations or you will be dissapointed, my love for the occasional easy, fast read really made me enjoy it. Then add the fact that it was free!!!
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