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Subject: Tell me about Kristin Billerbeck
Date Posted: 8/16/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I have not read any of her books yet, but I saw one on someone's wishlist and the cover plus the description looked interesting. Worth the read? Do they have to be read in order? TIA.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 11:01 PM ET
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I have read What a Girl Wants & She's Out of Control by Billerbeck, the 3rd in the series is With This Ring I'm Confused.  It is definitely chick lit, so if you like that genre then you may like this series.  Yes you need to read these 3 in order so you can follow the storyline. 

I guess overall I think the series is just okay.  Sometimes it is funny, it does have Christian values, but I guess since I don't relate to the have to have Prada this, Kate Spade that, (fill in any big designer name you wish) make a ton of $ in Silicon Valley as a lawyer & am still kind of whiny about my life I don't LOVE the series.  I will read the 3rd one but I'm not dying to get to it.  It was in my Aug. TBR pile & it has slowly trickled into September(ish). 

I'm 31 & I'm wondering if I'm too old for chick lit.  I'm not sure how I feel about that :)  I just can't seem to relate to the characters all into designer this/that, whiny, shallow to an extent.  This is how I felt when I read Nanny Diaries last year.  Anyway I don't know if I've outgrown it or I just don't relate & don't care to, maybe the chick lit genre isn't for me... 

That's only my opinion, take it for what it's worth (not much I might add)   :)


Date Posted: 8/16/2008 11:52 PM ET
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i really enjoy Kristin's books. i'm currently reading she's out of control right now and i'm loving it. i guess i might be at the target age for chick lit - mid 20s, starting out career, etc. she does have a series for Avon Inspire that has an older cast of characters - The Trophy Wives Club that might be a tad more grown up. it's edgy for Christian fiction.

she has another series The Spa Girls, and a standalone Split Ends. those are her chick lit.

then her older stuff is romance - heartsongs and the barbour novellas.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 1:55 PM ET
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I liked the Ashley Stockingdale series, and I liked #1 and #2 in Spa Girls but I hated #3. They are fluffy and yes, they are all about rich girls and that can get to be a little annoying if you are not!

I thought Split Ends was a much better read than the series books, though.

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 4:46 PM ET
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I didn't really care very much for the Spa Girls series.  I had a hard time getting into them.  The Ashley Stockingdale series I really enjoyed, though.

Shayla, I think I'm in the same boat as you--I feel like I've outgrown chick lit.  It used to be my favorite genre, but now it just annoys or bores me more than anything else.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 3:56 PM ET
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I don't like her books as well as some other Christian chick lit authors. Her heroines are always a bit too immature for me.

For you older chick lit readers, I recommend Meredith Efken, Marilynn Griffith, and Alison Bottke.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Thank you Bren for the recommendations. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 7:46 PM ET
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As a single woman, I loved the Ashley Stockingdale books.  Yes, she is rich and whines about tivial stuff, but Kristin Billerbeck is right on when she describes the singles class.  I laughed out loud as I read it because I knew those people in my own class!!  :O) I thought the 3rd one didn't live up to the other two.

A book she wrote that many may not have heard of is Facing Terror  about a missionary who was shot in Iraq.  This is a true story that she worked with the woman to write.  a nice balance to all the fluff.