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Calm, Cool & Adjusted (Spa Girls Series #3) [Paperback]

By Kristin Billerbeck (Author)
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Calm, Cool & Adjusted
by Kristin Billerbeck
Best friends since Johnny Depp wore scissors for hands, "The Spa Girls" live very separate lives, but stay in touch with routine visits to California's Spa Del Mar. The third novel in the Spa Girls Series? focuses on Silicon Valley chiropractor Poppy Clayton, who is as calm, cool and adjusted as they come...Or is she? Known for her bad fashion sense, a love for all things natural and the inability to get a second date, Poppy is beginning to wonder if she might be misaligned herself. Her route to self discovery will be an unnatural one--a plastic surgeon, a house in Santa Cruz and a wedding date from the dark side. It's all enough to send a girl?and her gal pals?running for the spa.

SUBTITLE: The Pursuit Of Life, Love And The Perfect Pedicure! A Novel.

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Studio: Integrity Publishers
Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   NELSON BOOKS #75
ISBN  1591453305  
ISBN13  9781591453307  

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More About Kristin Billerbeck

Kristin Billerbeck Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including "What a Girl Wants," "Perfectly Dateless," and "Perfectly Invisible." A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on "The Today Show" and has been featured in the "New York Times." She lives with her family in Northern California.

Kristin Billerbeck currently resides in Silicon Valley Sacramento Sacr, in the state of California.

Kristin Billerbeck has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Smitten (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Spa Girls

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Desperate!  Aug 21, 2008
Why would Christian women want to read about a woman who is desperate to find a boyfriend and get married? We need strong female heroines, not weak, shallow ones. Although, as with all of Billerbeck's books, the book is littered with cleverness, it is also lacking in every other area. If Billerbeck actually decides to write a book with meaning, I will be all over it. Until then, I give her a huge thumbs down!!!
Another Fun Read!  Jan 28, 2008
I would recommend Kristin's Spa Girls books to anyone into chic-lit...there's friendship, faith, and fun all rolled into one series! Each of the three books has twists and turns that are unexpected. A fun read!
Loved it!  Jan 2, 2008
I have the whole series. Its a must read for every 20-30 something female!
The chapters flew by and left me wanting more  Sep 27, 2007
Poppy Clayton takes pride in her health, her peaceful state of mind, and her body fat percentage. Perhaps a little too much pride. She's begun alienating her friends with her holistic zeal and her unsolicited advice on how they can cleanse their colons and detoxify their bodies. She is a successful chiropractor, and she is also "the last one standing". Now that her friend Morgan is getting married, she is the only single gal left in her circle of friends they call the "spa girls".

At the age of 30, she's furiously training for a triathlon coming up in Hawaii next month. Her friends are concerned about her though. They are quickly tiring of being embarrassed by her inappropriate advice doling and her baggy, out-of-style clothes. Why does she insist on wasting that gorgeous figure of hers? But Poppy cannot part with the faded skirts that were her mother's so long ago. It's her only way of staying close to the mother who died when she was just a child. They had been the perfect hippy family in Santa Cruz. Now everything has changed, except her peasant skirts, which she desperately clings to.

Poppy's friends are threatening to set her up with a date for the wedding. If only to keep from being set up, she reluctantly bargains with Jeff, the plastic surgeon in the office next to hers. Although gorgeous, Jeff is the antithesis of all she stands for with his cutting, liposuctioning, and botoxing women. But she cannot deny the chemistry between them. As they compete for the same office space, she enlists him to be her date for all of Morgan's wedding festivities. But then there's Simon, her patient for the last three years. He is also extremely successful and wealthy. And he seems to be in love with her. She is losing her friends to marriage and motherhood and her father to Arizona. Will she lose the love of her life to her pride?

Each chapter begins with a calibration of Poppy's desperation scale. A fun way to keep the story rolling. Of course, the premise of the story is unrealistic. How often do we see a single thirty-something Christian woman with two gorgeous, wealthy, and godly guys pursuing her? We wish this happened in real life! However, once you accept that this isn't real life, the story envelopes you.

Told in the first person, present tense, it's almost like Poppy is sitting across from you at Starbucks, filling you in on what's happening to her. I felt the frustration right along with her as her girlfriends kept trying to change her, just as they complained she had a habit of doing to them. And I found myself missing Simon, but also wanting Jeff to come through.

Poppy says it best: "Maybe I was desperate all along, but not for reasons I might have thought. Being single was never the source of my desperation, but being alone was. It went a lot deeper than a boyfriend, and it took a bigger Man than even Simon to root it out." The truth for many of us, whether we're single or married.

The easy, flowing chick-lit style made the chapters fly by and left me wanting more. An easy read with a most satisfying ending, without tying up all the loose ends too neatly. Although it's the third in the Spa Girl Collection, I was able to effortlessly slip in without having read the others. Now I'm looking forward to Billerbecks's next installment in the series.

--Reviewed by Carol Kurtz for TitleTrakk
Interesting style and not lewd  Jul 3, 2007
Fun writing style kept my interest with believable story lines. Imagine talking to yourself - doh - or your own voice talking in your head with the natural comedy of life to keep us sane. Amazing, an old fashioned romance that isn't lewd! I saw this on a display at my library and picked it up for the novelty of finding a novel about a chiropractor. When I got it home, I realized it was not only chick lit, but Christian chick lit. Hey, it doesn't hit you over the head with evangelizing... it's a normal, decent, living a moral life story. Why not more of this instead of mind garbage? Now I scope out her many other books for light reading instead of tv trash.

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