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Daring Chloe (Getaway Girls #1)

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  803 Ratings  ·  107 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
Dec 04, 2010 Donna rated it did not like it
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
Jul 29, 2010 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok
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
Mar 26, 2010 Trisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
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
Apr 29, 2010 Anita rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2014 Elizabeth Ray rated it liked it
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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Kristy
Jan 15, 2016 Kristy rated it liked it
Mostly I think this book was only a two star, the author prattled on and on and on in descriptions of things that had nothing at all to really do with the story. Many times I lost interest and at a couple points almost gave up on the book. HOWEVER when the girls got to Paris it turned around totally. It was still very descriptive but in a good way, the way a book should be. It made Paris sound so dreamy and beautiful and made me want to just pack my bags and go. I really enjoyed that and all the ...more
Joanna K.
Jan 18, 2015 Joanna K. rated it liked it
I liked the frame for this story, how the ladies in the book club decided to live out some of the adventures from the books they read. I enjoyed the various literary references and quotes in this book, and it was quite funny in places. I was disappointed that the main character, a Christian, wasn't shown talking to God about her problems or looking in God's Word for direction or comfort. While her character did seem to grow and change, there was no clear explanation of how/why those changes took ...more
Brittany
Sep 14, 2013 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-reads
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
Jul 17, 2012 Tin rated it it was ok
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
Aug 08, 2012 Ky rated it liked it
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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Leah
Jan 21, 2016 Leah rated it liked it
From the very beginning I knew Chloe was going to end up quitting her job and trying something completely against her character. That was cliché, but the rest of the book was good. I didn't care 100% for the end as I felt it didn't really work through an ending but flatlined with her just moving to Paris.However, I thought the rest of the story was good and entertaining, I really liked the idea of reading the books and then acting pieces out: whether camping, sailing, murder mystery dinner, etc. ...more
Debi
Apr 04, 2009 Debi rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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.

Quotes:
"How do y
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Stephany
Jan 09, 2010 Stephany rated it liked it
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
Jun 05, 2012 Angela Risner rated it liked it
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
Feb 12, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
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Erika
Jun 17, 2010 Erika rated it liked it
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
Aug 13, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok
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
Shala
May 09, 2016 Shala rated it really liked it
I inhale read this coming of age story! I enjoyed the character growth that happened within the story! I'm going to have to see if there are more books in this series! This was a book about books, which always makes it wonderful!
Michelle
Sep 07, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2014 Margie rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 2014 Danielle Marshall rated it did not like it
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
May 12, 2010 Laura Brown rated it it was ok
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
Nancy Hollingsworth
Apr 14, 2016 Nancy Hollingsworth rated it it was ok
Excellent idea for a book. Cliche'. Maybe I should say touché? Whatever.
Kelly Aley
Mar 05, 2010 Kelly Aley rated it did not like it
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
Aug 21, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing
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
Lalalaura
May 18, 2016 Lalalaura rated it it was ok
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Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer and popular inspirational speaker. A former reporter with a degree in journalism, Laura lives in Northern California with her Renaissance-man husband, Michael, and their piano playing dog Gracie.
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