GEORGIA ON HER MIND by Rachel Hauck
From the back cover:
HOW DO YOU EMCEE YOUR CLASS REUNION WHEN YOUR LIFE IS ON A TILT-A-WHIRL?
Until 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 6, Macy Moore was Miss Most Likely To Succeed, a corporate executive on the fast track, with a marriage-material boyfriend and a cool city condo. By noon she was as good as fired…and dumped. How in the world could she go home to Beauty, Georgia, now?
Thank goodness for the Single Saved Sisters. With loyal friends Lucy, Adriane and Tamara by her side, Macy retreated to the House of Joe for coffee, consolation and consultation. Could they help her put her life back on the right path?
This is such a fun book! It starts off on possibly the worst day of Macy's life, and the heroine's sassy humor kept me riveted to the page.
I really like how the author addresses the struggles of single women in the corporate sphere--not in a glamorous New York or Los Angeles job, but in a decent company in bustling Atlanta, Georgia.
Many Christian romances are about women in more rural towns with jobs in smaller businesses, and as a woman who worked in a corporate arena, I have a hard time relating to the kinds of lifestyle and career conflicts they have.
In this book, I completely understood the dilemmas and stresses Macy went through. Corporate backbiting, downsizing confusion, inept managers, and most importantly, the lure of the corporate paycheck. As a single woman without dependents, this is can become a serious temptation and can influence lifestyle changes that might not be for the better. I know, because I've struggled with it.
Macy's also in her early thirties, so her concerns aren't the same as a fresh-faced ingénue off to tackle Manhattan. While she still has the same struggles with her job and men as other singles, she has a more mature outlook and also other types of lifestyle issues that a younger woman wouldn't have to deal with--like older parents, established siblings and cousins, and the family expectations of an older woman that wouldn't necessarily be addressed in a younger one.
Macy's friends--the Single Saved Sisters--are cute, although their bantering is a little sweet for my taste. I loved how the author used their struggles and events in their lives to cause more problems--both internal and external--for Macy.
I didn't quite agree with everything Macy did, but I completely related to the kinds of problems she got into--or that she got herself into!
While I'm not from the South, I never felt alienated by the different culture--rather, it was very entertaining and enlightening. It wasn't as lavishly done as SAVANNAH FROM SAVANNAH by Denise Hildreth, but the Southern flair is rich and warm.
A light-hearted, engrossing read--once I picked it up, I just kept reading. I think that twenty- and thirty-somethings, whether single or married, will enjoy this book.