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What a Girl Wants (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) [Paperback]

By Kristin Billerbeck (Author)
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Item description for What a Girl Wants (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) by Kristin Billerbeck...

Ashley Stockingdale, 28, has a respectable (read: boring) job in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney. Ultimately, Ashley finds that what a girl wants and what a girl needs aren't always the same thing. Join Ashley for the first of two lighthearted books about a single-girl's bumbling but lovable quest for meaning.

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Ever felt like the last item left on the clearance rack?

As a successful patent attorney, Ashley Stockingdale has all the makings of a perfect catch: the looks, the brains, even a convertible. But at 31, she's beginning to wonder if she's been passed over for good.

Deciding to adopt a new attitude, Ashley suddenly becomes the romantic interest of three men within a matter of days. While her heart enjoys turning the tables on the dating game, the rest of her previously predictable world is being turned upside down. Is it more than Ashley can handle? Or is it exactly what she wants?

Award-wining author Kristin Billerbeck combines comedy with spunk to create a memorable story in "What a Girl Wants"--an all-too-realistic picture of a single girl's search for being content with who she is . . . with or without a man.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   293
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 13, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Ashley Stockingdale  
ISBN  1595543333  
ISBN13  9781595543332  

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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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Is there a HERO in the House?  Sep 20, 2008
Billerbeck is a very talented, funny writer with a great voice. I read this book half-way and couldn't read any further. Her "hero" (I'm laughing hysterically here) is pathetic. For his first date with Ashley, he asks her to go to dinner and a movie. Over dinner, he point blank asks her if she thinks another woman (woman B) will go out with him? Ashley curtly answers him, but he keeps prodding her about the other woman! Besides being incredibly rude and stupid, he is so unmanly. Can't he pursue his own women without Ashley's help? In a later book (I read half of that book too before I couldn't take it any more of Seth) Ashley and he have talked about marriage, and he is paying to take the other woman on a missionary trip to the same country he is traveling to! Does he really want Ashley (who cares? I don't) or is he truly that stupid? The man is in his thirties! He is either unbelievably nasty or has learned nothing in his years on the planet. And, if he is that stupid, would I want him to be the father of my children?

In 150 pages I can find nothing to like about the guy except his blue eyes, and even I begin to get nauseous at that thought. In a romance, I want to fall in love with the "hero" and I want him to be someone the heroine deserves.

Billerbeck is an excellent writer, and I would have loved to keep reading (I started two books, waiting, waiting for her to introduce something likable about the hero. I'm not waiting until the end of the book to find it.)

On a minor note, this is supposedly a Christian book - I don't read a lot in that genre, but, if I do, I want to feel the heroine's spirituality in some sense. I DON'T want to be preached at, but, if she really is a Christian, I should have some sense of her relationship to God and why she has chosen that path. I don't want to be told what she is - I want to feel it (even with Ashley's wry, sarcastic wit). And I don't mean an expression of her judgment of others - there is plenty of that and it is humorous - I mean the presence of God and her relationship therein. Unless her reason for being a Christian is entirely mental--I suppose that could be the case. But yet she threw out a wonderful man whose actual behavior was much more Christian than Seth's because he wasn't a "Christian". And maybe the way Billerbeck handles spirituality is why her books have a broader appeal--there is definitely a niche for her books, and I don't mean to disrespect that. In any case, I could have been perfectly happy with this book and found hours of enjoyment with a likable hero - this element is simply something additional which would make the characters more real and believable to me personally.
Lacking...  Aug 4, 2008
Despite clever and witty writing, the story line lacks much to be desired. A woman who is absolutely desperate to be married is not exactly my cup of tea. I love contemporary Christian fiction, but this was just LAME!!!
Misleading and a Bad Read  May 26, 2008
I wish I had read some of the reviews before I purchased this book. I was very disappointed with this book. I am a fan of chick lit and I am also christian. I read the description of the book and saw the cute illustration and thought it might be interesting to read.

The main character, Ashley Stockingdale is a prime example of a religious person and not a spritual person. She looks down on other's instead of seeing the good in them. She's self-centered and materialistic. She uses the bible to foster her view point and not as a tool to better herself. This book is not Witty or Original, it's a waste of good trees. I wish I could get my money back. It's not even worthy of donating to library.

As other reviewers have noted, there is quite a lot of racial undertones throughout this book (too many to point out). I felt very uncomfortable about reading this book.

Save your money and buy another book. I would like to recommend: "Emily Ever After" by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt. It's a great and fun book to read. You will not be disappointed.
Horribly disappointed... and I am in her target audience!  Feb 7, 2008
I really wanted to like this book (and the others in the series). This book was recommended to me by this site (based on my previous purchases). I thought this book would be great because it was about a single, Christian, in her late twenties/early thirties who was quite successful in her career. That describes me quite well. I, like the main character, am highly educated, successful, a woman in a male dominanted field, single, and Christian, however, this is where our similarities end. I am not obsessed with fashion nor "celebrities". I am not as quick to judge people as she is. I don't look at every single person I know to find the "reason" they aren't (or can't be) married. I certainly respect people of all races and cultural backgrounds. (Spoiler alert - I'm not sure all of this is in the first novel)

Ashley is a terrible example of a single, intelligent, successful Christian woman. She hates her job, relies on herself (and shopping) rather than God, and she hates being single. All she wants is to get married. And the author stresses (through Ashley's thoughts and words) that getting married should be every woman's goal. The 40something single Christian female character is looked down upon and pitied because she'll likely never marry. I don't know about you, but I'm not looking to read a book that makes me feel bad or incomplete because I'm single.

Ashley isn't willing to trust God, even when her life turns into a wreck. She is a bad friend, a bad sister, and a bad daughter. She barely can stand talking to her friend about her miscarriage because the spotlight is off of her. She can't stand her brother because he made fun of her when they were little and she barely forgives him for it (or speaks to him) even after he becomes a Christian. If God is willing to give him a new life, shouldn't Ashley (and the author) be as gracious? She isn't nice to her mother and at times (especially in the later books) is embarassed by her entire family. Not to say that families can't be embarassing, but isn't that part of their charm?

I did read books 2 and 3 hoping for the author and Ashley to redeem themselves, but it got worse. The harping on and making fun of Mensa membership comes across as though the author wants to have membership in it and can't quite make the cut. Being a person that has an IQ like those in Mensa, I was highly offended by this. Being smart does not make a person bad or rude, as all of the smart characters in this novel were. The male characters were incredibly unbelievable as people and in some of their actions. Also, enough with the whole "bus bait" (a woman has a better chance of being hit by a bus than marrying after 30) comments. Newsweek admitted it's not true, so really, did the author need to include that concept frequently throughout the book? The books did not improve and I did not have a better opinion of Ashley at the end, but I did determine I wouldn't read another Billerbeck novel.

I'm sure this book will be enjoyed by some people, but it is not my cup of tea. I can't recommend it to anyone who is a smart, single Christian woman. I certainly won't recommend it to anyone who is of Indian or Asian descent. I was really disappointed (and hurt) by this book as it attacks my life or at least aspects of it. I'm interested in books that entertain me, not in books that make me so angry I can barely finish them.

I'd highly recommend books by Trish Perry, Erynn Mangum (SO GOOD!), Denise Hildreth, Noah's Ark by Judy Baer, and Rachel Hauck. Also Dee Henderson.
Loved it!  Jan 2, 2008
I have the whole series! I really enjoy them and so do my friends.

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