Rachel Hauck has found a calling in today's booming market of Chick Lit. With her new book Lost in NashVegas, Hauck inspires us all to find our dreams outside of our hometowns. Hauck is an Ohio State grad who started off as a software trainer and didn't take up serious writing until 1999. Since then she has had eight books published, including two coming out in Spring 2007.
Lost in NashVegas takes us into a first person view full of hilarity and troubles that will leave everyone grinning from ear to ear.
The book holds considerable wittiness in dialogue, including a southern dialect that you may not have known existed. Our heroine, Robin McAfee, is a twenty-five-year-old still working at a grocer and still stuck in Freedom, Alabama. With the support of her town and her family, except for her more than pressing mother, Bit, Robin makes her way to live in Nashville. Fortunately for her, she makes friends with the locals with the help of her sassy landlady and her go-getting city cousin, Skyler. Once settled in, she finds herself at open mic nights, inside writing studios, as well as cleaning the toilets of upper crust clients.
Troubles start in when her naive nature causes her to be too trusting. Not only is trouble a handsome songwriter, but also her hometown sweetheart and a sweet contractor. With three men running around pulling on her heart strings, Robin nearly loses sight of why she came to Nashville to begin with. The tissue box is needed as she and her mother continually argue about Robin's life and what she should be doing. Later on, as Hauck wraps up her sweet, homey tale, you can find a sense of peace not only in the book but also in your own life.
Lost in NashVegas is not only a good literary book, it also provides a pulling story that makes you believe in your own dreams again. You will struggle alone with Robin as she decides whether to follow God's call or her own plan. Hauck has hit a homerun with a book that can make you smile and fume with anger but also cry on the very same page. – Mallory L. Lahr, Christian Book Previews.com
Last week, I stocked groceries in Freedom, Alabama. This week, I live in Nashville, Tennessee, about to take the stage at the famous Bluebird Cafe.
Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Only one problem, I 've got stage fright.
But after years of being ruled by fear and hiding from my dream, I confronted my limited reality and left home. Forget the hometown hunk who wants to make me queen of his doublewide. Forget Momma's doubt-inspiring tirade. I can make it in Music City...can't I?
So I took a leap of faith, gathered my old guitar, my notebook full of songs, and packed up my '69 Chevy pickup. Look out NashVegas!
With the help of some new friends, especially handsome Lee Rivers, my dream is about to find the light of day. But as I face my first night at the Bluebird Cafe, I realize...I might just do what comes naturally. Look for the nearest exit, and run!