Item description for Dreaming in Black and White: A Phoebe Grant Novel (Phoebe Grant) by Laura Jensen Walker...
Overview Not your typical size two chick-lit heroine, Phoebe Grant aspires to the madcap life of a forties-style career gal. But when she loses her job and her mother breaks both arms, Phoebe finds her carefully constructed screenplay being re-written in ways she hadn't planned.
She's smart. She's savvy. She's...well, she's working on the thighs. And with God as her witness, she'll never let that man spoil her happy ending
Phoebe Grant is everyone's favorite movie geek-unbeatable at trivia, convinced that all the world's a movie screen. She can organize a four-hankie chick-flickathon with a wave of her tall, nonfat, double mocha. And she's a shoo-in for the job of her dreams-movie reviewer for the newpaper where she works.
Enter Alex Spencer-not only gorgeous but also a film buff, perfectly cast for a celluloid kiss and a fade to sunset. Unfortunately, Alex is the villain who sends Phoebe packing to the last place on earth she wants to be-back home to boring little Barley, California.
But wait. It couldn't be. Dark, handsome, and annoying Alex...in Barley?
Can Phoebe protect her hometown-and her heart-and prove It's a Wonderful Life? Or is her promising future truly Gone with the Wind?
Citations And Professional Reviews Dreaming in Black and White: A Phoebe Grant Novel (Phoebe Grant) by Laura Jensen Walker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 05/01/2005 page 62
Publishers Weekly - 02/07/2005 page 39
Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 130
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Phoebe Grant
ISBN 0849945232 ISBN13 9780849945236
Availability 0 units.
More About Laura Jensen Walker
Laura Jensen Walker is a woman who approaches life with a sense of humor. She is the author of many books, including several novels. She lives in California.
Laura Jensen Walker currently resides in Sacramento, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dreaming in Black and White: A Phoebe Grant Novel?
Fun Read Jan 7, 2007
Here is a fun book to read if you want some good Christian entertainment. I appreciated the clean and wholesome atomosphere found in this book. If you love movies you will enjoy the references to many. It would be fun to read a sequel to this one.
Good, but "God-y" Dec 11, 2006
I would love this book a lot more if it wasn't so relgiousy. It's not enough to make me stop reading, but it just makes me roll my eyes from time to time. It's cute, a liiiitttle too clean, but not bad.
yay for movie buffs! Sep 30, 2006
I will not lie. I am a movie trivia buff and I am proud of it. I watch the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes every year (would watch the SAG awards but alas i don't cable). i love all sorts of movies (hence why i would include movies on that deserted island of mine). Therefore Phoebe Grant would prally be my new best friend. Out of all the chick lit books I've read so far, this is far and away my new favorite book. Funny, touching, and with TONS of movie references I didnt want the book to end (and yay there's a sequel). Phoebe is a working class woman who is not afraid to be single. Movies and her friends are the source of her life, until she loses her job in Cleveland and is forced to go back home to help her mom out in her small town in California. The characters are multi-dimensional and FUN! I honestly never had so much fun reading a book. I feel like I'm gushing too much about it! Her reactions and emotions are perfectly reasonably in certain situations. And she eats! And while yes she would like to lose weight, she is not obsessive about it, like other characters in other books. She is also not in search of finding a husband. If one turns out, great, if not she'll live. And yes Phoebe is a Christian, but the book is not preachy at all. My only complaint is that the book came out before the 2005 edition of Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightley. I'm sure Phoebe would have loved it too! Great books, highly highly recommended.
My first Christian chicklit Jul 3, 2006
Laura Jensen Walker's debut novel features Phoebe Grant, a thirty-one year old movie junkie and journalism graduate who writes obituaries (obits) at the Cleveland Star, goes on blind dates and a member of the No More Lone Rangers singles group at her Presbyterian church. She knows and can quote from any movie (especially Casablanca), and she dreams of being the newspaper's movie reviewer. She knew she was a shoo-in for it, but then things take another turn that involves a handsome guy (who also happens to be a newcomer at her church) named Alex Spencer that leaves her jobless. With the help and support of her best friend Lindsey, she looks for temporary jobs to make a living. With more turn of events, she ends up having to go home to "boring little" Barley, California, to help her mother who broke both arms, not showing up in a blind date with a potential guy.
Phoebe couldn't wait to get out of her hometown because she knows she's made for the big city, so she keeps in her mind that her stay in Barley was only temporary. However, God has other plans for her as she falls in love with her hometown again as she works to save the town's theater (which houses most of her childhood memories with her late dad) from being closed down.
It's definitely a breathe of fresh air from all the novels I've read in the past years. It has a light atmosphere of Shopaholic or Sloppy Firsts (Megan McCafferty) but less of the darkness and ominous atmosphere that Peretti novels have. It features a normal single woman with her struggles that could well happen to anyone, including me. It was refreshing to read a woman praying (seriously) as well as reading the Bible and being pure and trying to be content with her singlehood (haha, I can definitely relate).
The novel tackles some of the issues that everyone goes through: looking for the perfect job, being single in the midst of couples, family conflicts, friendships and God's plan unfolding in the midst of everything. Phoebe Grant is so normal (except for her movie-madness) that I could easily see myself in her shoes (and that's a lot of shoes ha). :P
I read this book overnight, and I loved every bit of it. It also makes me want to watch the old movies mentioned in the book. :) Though some of the events and mysteries in a book are a bit predictable, it still leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling inside as everything unfolds. :)
Dreaming in Black and White is a great novel, and I recommend it to chick lit lovers as well as Christian fiction fans. =)
An Amazing Novel Apr 7, 2006
WOW! For a book that I knew nothing about, it sure blew me away. Right now, all I'm thinking of is movies and Pheobe Grant. Pheobe is not your average, beautiful, size two character. She is REAL. Real as in right there, I feel like this girl is my new best friend. Pheobe Grant is an aspiring columnist that has her passion held back by the horrible obit section. Meaning= she is righting stuff about dead people (or ferrets). When her paper is taken over by the Spencers, wealthy people in printing, Pheobe is let go. She is now on the loose to get her spot on top in small town Barley, where she grew up. She is called back because of her mother's two broken arms. She is thrown back into the world she left for fast-paced Clevland. She feels like everything is happening without her and she is left in Mayberry. Until her archenem, Alex Spencer, who put her out of her first job, arrives...