Monday, March 14, 2011

Savannah from Savannah by Denise Hildreth~★★★

Author: Denise Hildreth
Title: Savannah from Savannah
Release Date: June 30, 2004
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction

Book Cover: "I'm coming home to prove my city, my mother, and myself.
It is a place known to most as Savannah. It is a place known to me as home. I wish I could tell you it was my love for this city that precipitated my return. But I did not return out of a mere longing for home. I returned because I have something to prove to home. I am Savannah...from Savannah." 

Taryn's Review: It's Spring Break and I should be doing homework. Instead I indulged in chick-lit. I know I'm going to hate myself for not doing more homework, but I needed a break! And since it's not Spring-like in my corner of the world, I needed a book to transport me to someplace else!

I think this book is a good book to just relax with when you need a read that you don't have to think too much about. I didn't always enjoy the book though; it was very stereotypical in some ways and just bland in others. Ultimately, it did the job I needed it to and I wanted to finish it. I also have a fascination with Savannah, Georgia, so that probably kept me interested more so than some people.

Savannah was the daughter of a very wealthy man. She dreamed of being a writer. Savannah received a letter at school saying she won a prestigious award for her novel and that it would be published. Savannah realized, however, that the letter was addressed to her mother and the contest should have had no idea who her mother was. Savannah called the awarding company and pretended to be her mother; she quickly came to the conclusion that her mother rigged the award when the man on the phone believed her to be her mother, Victoria.

I don't understand why Savannah had to go home to prove anything to her mother or herself. Victoria was portrayed as a stereotypical Southern belle with a dramatic flare, but why Savannah felt she had to specifically go back to Savannah to get a job to show up her mother (or prove herself as she said) was a little perplexing. Most people I know trying to prove to their parents (or themselves) that they can handle life on their own don't move into their parents' luxurious historic home in the heart of Savannah and back into their childhood bedroom.

I think one of the biggest turn-offs in the book was that Savannah was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her mother offered to pay for an $1850-a-month townhouse for Savannah, but Savannah refused on the grounds that it was across the street and she wanted to prove herself as a capable adult. Yet Savannah gladly accepted the Kate Spade pieces from her mother, had no problem mooching things from her father's coffee shop, and lucky for her, Savannah's father's credit card came in handy for an impromptu flight and car rental to Jackson, Mississippi. Savannah also made a huge judgment error in her job, but the error felt unbelievable since it didn't seem like something Savannah's character would have done. And honestly, I wasn't impressed with Savannah's "product" for her work and it was a let down for me.

There are two other books in the series. I'd probably read them if they were available to me and I had time to kill, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find them or consider them a "must-read." I wasn't a fan of Hildreth's book Flies on the Butter, and honestly I doubt I would have picked this out had I recognized the author's name. The book also seemed to have a lot of product placement for establishments like McDonald's, The Lady and Sons/Paula Deen, Kate Spade, and Clary's Cafe. The author also kept mentioning someone named Jonathan Pierce, as if he was well-known and that I should know who she was referring to. I did some Googling afterward and found at the time she wrote the novel, Pierce was her husband and a musician. Hildreth made some shameless plugs for him in the book, which also explained why I didn't have a clue who he was. I'm all about supporting your spouse, but I think it was unnecessary to do so in this book.

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