Home Is Where Your Boots Are

The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly, Vol. 1

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Pub Date Apr 24 2015 | Archive Date Jul 31 2016

Description

Heartbreak. Home. Gunshots.
Former small town girl turned big city lawyer Lilly Atkins has tidily checked off her adult to-do list:

Prestigious law degree.

Flourishing career.

Designer wardrobe.

Well-bred fiancé.

In a moment of cliché, her list gets whipped out the window. And run over a few times. So she heads home to Brooks. Where the creek is cool and the gossip is always hot.

With nothing better to do, Lilly sets up shop to work off her broken heart. Before the paint can dry, her former flame, Dr. Cash Stetson, shows up requesting representation. For his divorce. Two new clients involve a possible negligent homicide and the desecration of human remains, both cases stemming from the local hospital. Run by Cash. When her not so unrequited love’s wife turns up dead, Lilly begins to wonder if the former bad-boy is up to no good. After all, old habits never die. They just get harder to justify.

Heartbreak. Home. Gunshots.
Former small town girl turned big city lawyer Lilly Atkins has tidily checked off her adult to-do list:

Prestigious law degree.

Flourishing career.

Designer wardrobe.

...


A Note From the Publisher

The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly is a cross-genre series with elements of mystery, cozy mystery, Southern chick-lit, and romance.
Kalan Chapman Lloyd has been compared to Janet Evanovich, Gina LaManna, Rebecca Wells, Sharon Sala, and Alan Bradley

The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly is a cross-genre series with elements of mystery, cozy mystery, Southern chick-lit, and romance.
Kalan Chapman Lloyd has been compared to Janet Evanovich, Gina...


Advance Praise


“Hilarious… this punchy debut begs for a sequel.” – Kirkus Review

“Entertainment reading at its best.” – Midwest Book Review

"Lilly Atkins is the Stephanie Plum of the South." - Readers

“Perfect for beach or poolside.” – Book Delight

“[A] lighthearted but compelling story that will draw the reader in with its quirky characters, memorable surprises and reminders of the charm and sacredness of small-town life.” – TulsaPeople


“Hilarious… this punchy debut begs for a sequel.” – Kirkus Review

“Entertainment reading at its best.” – Midwest Book Review

"Lilly Atkins is the Stephanie Plum of the South." - Readers

“Perfect for...


Available Editions

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Featured Reviews

This is one of those books where the synopsis grabs you and doesn't disappoint. Lilly is a great character. She has a wonderful career and a fiancé that means nothing when she catching a him cheating. So she goes back home to lick her wounds. Back home is where the fun begins. Crazy family and even crazier friends. Mystery and humor will keep you turning the pages. I'm looking forward to what other trouble Lilly and her crew can get into!

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Three stories that follow good-girl Lily and bad-boy Cash from their high school years well into adulthood. Mystery, hijinks, and a whole lotta southern lovin' follow these two and their friends! These reads are as comfortable as a glass of sweet tea on a hot summer day - you'll find yourself laughing and rooting for the girls as they skirt the law in the fallout of this on-again-off-again relationship. Just read 'em!

I am totally promoting this book, and the other two in the series, across my blog this week!!!

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This book was fast paced and a lot of fun to read! It had many twists, turns and unexpected scenes. I loved Lilly, her family & friends. I look forward to the next book. I received this book free to review it.

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Thanks NetGalley for the free read. First time reading this author...truly MisAdventures of Miss Lilly...Lilly is an attorney-with some interesting friends and a small town that is fun to read about. Things happen at a fast clip and you never know what Lilly will get up to next. There are some small issues with the plot but it is such an enjoyable read that I just let them go. I would encourage you to give this series a go...similar to Stephanie Plum. Enjoy

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Can't judge a book by its cover. I expected this to be a silly throw away read. I was happily surprised to read a well thought out novel with an author's voice full of color, characters playing off one another and an ending that makes sense. Intelligent and amusing

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Cute fun fast summer read that will have mystery lovers and Romance lovers reading until the very end of the book.
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This is a funny and good read with slightly wacky characters who you'll either really love or not. I also read the second book and was looking forward to seeing more of the romance develop that was promising in this - disappointed that it didn't occur. Otherwise, this is a decent read that I enjoyed.

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Oh my goodness- this book will have you wanting to pack your bags & move to Brooks OK, where the sweet tea is always cold & the residents are so full of life & just a little crazy. There is never a dull moment for Lily, who has returned to her hometown after she finds her big city fiance cheating, as she starts a law firm in town. I love the strong, sassy, & smart characters Kalan Chapman Lloyd created- they are women who can handle whatever comes along, no man needed. And the mystery part of the book keeps you guessing until the end.

I can't wait to read the next book in the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly series (Home Is Where Your Boots Are is the first book in the series)

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This is one laugh out loud funny, page turning, down home good read. There's nothing like family and friends to either keep you on the straight and narrow, or help you get out of trouble when you fall off the path.

Lilly, along with her sister Tally and best friend Fae Lynn...and even her Nonnie helps out at times...stop a body selling ring. Lilly ends up back in Oklahoma after catching her ex-fiancé in bed with his secretary...she'd been in Dallas working as a Real Estate Attorney, but now is practice small town law back at home.

There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments and pearls of wisdom that are imparted, such as, "My daddy says we’re at our spiritual best when we have mean thoughts but don’t act on them." But that's only the tip of the iceberg...there's so much more goodness throughout the book.

This book was provided by Netgalley for my honest review.

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I love this series! I can not get enough of Ms. Lloyds small town world and the amazing characters she creates. I love that I can laugh and scratch my head while still following along. I actually read the second book first and was able to follow everything that happened but couldn't wait to read the first one. Lilly Kay is a stubborn smart and sassy lead and her posse never fails to "help" out. loved getting to know the reasons for Cash and Lilly and am looking forward to getting to know more of Spencer's story.

I am shamelessly in love with her shoe and wardrobe collection and find myself relating to her and her small town effortlessly even though its snowy here and winter, not Oklahoma. I would recommend this book to anyone who's not afraid to laugh out loud and can relate to some key insights on life. Sometimes running only delays your true beginning. I loved that being back in her hometown never made her feel less. In fact her realizations were that she had been really meant for there all along and that no one is better than another. Loved this part of the story!

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I really enjoyed this uplifting book. I loved the authors writing style, her enthusiasm for life literally jumped off the page. This book is perfect for a relaxing read or a little pick me up because it will surely make you smile as it did me. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately read the next book in the series.

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Her name is Lilly Atkins she loves Jesus, cusses a little or a lot depending on the situation . One of the best quotes from the book is "I'm telling y'all don't get therapy get even." The ladies of Brooks,Oklahoma are one of a kind. You're gonna fall in love with them. I couldn't put this book down.

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Home Is Where Your Boots Are by Kalan L. Chapman was a fun read. Sassy southern women, a hunky newcomer to Lilly's hometown of Brooks, and a mystery all made this one an enjoyable read. Lilly is smart and a little out of control; but her family and friends all gather around to help her solve a mystery that kept me laughing and guessing as I turned the pages. I can hardly wait to start the next one in the series.

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I'm an eclectic reader. I will read almost anything, even the back of cereal boxes if there's nothing else. One component that really rocks my library is when an author has a sense of humor. I go along with Reader's Digest on this: Laughter is the best medicine. (A quick net search doesn't yield who originally coined the phrase but one of the closest is a quote by Henry Ward Beecher: Mirth is God’s medicine, so I'll stick with good old Reader's Digest on this one.) Anyway, that's certainly a digression, but it leads me to Home Is Where Your Boots Are by Kalan Chapman Lloyd.

Home Is Where Your Boots is funny.While the formula of a small town with lovable eccentric characters and a feisty heroine has been done before, Chapman Lloyd gives it her own touch, Oklahoma style. The heroine, Lilly Atkins, left Brooks, Oklahoma to go to college. She then became a lawyer and then became engaged to wealthy Van Payton Ehlers the third of the Dallas Ehlers. When Lilly discovers her fiance boinking another woman, Lilly hears home calling and returns to her support system in Brooks.cover82764-medium

But Lilly isn't really licking her wounds. Deep down she suspected that Ehlers wasn't right for her and the fact that she isn't more upset doesn't surprise her. It becomes even more apparent when Lilly encounters Cash, her old boyfriend.

Lilly's feelings toward Cash are complicated. She acknowledges this. Her level of self-understanding is one thing I really like about this character. After reading so many books where the heroine is self-deluded or defiantly tough, it was the clichéd breath-of-fresh-air to meet Lilly Atkins. She has faults--an acknowledged weak stomach and a weakness for Cash; she has strengths--she's smart and loyal; and she comes across as someone you really might meet, and even like.

As the community welcomes Lilly home, she decides that this is really what she needs and wants and decides to set up lawyering shop in Brooks. Immediately she gets embroiled in a mystery. And then there's an encounter with the "hot" mysterious Yankee Spencer Locke.

The story is pretty satisfying as is the quirky world that Chapman Lloyd has built. There are some wickedly funny lines and some philosophizing. For categorization, I would almost place this under the sub-genre of cozy mystery except that there is a touch of profanity, which is typically absent from those mysteries.

The narrative tone is conversational and sometimes on the verbose-side, a little paring down for comprehension-sake would not be unwanted. With that said, this novel definitely deserves sequels, which I hope are as good as this debut, which was first published in 2010 and then republished in 2015.

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This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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Enjoyable book, the story drew me in. Good character descriptions and I particularly liked how the dialogue reflected the area the story was set in.

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This book is a nice mix of southern small town charm, romance and mystery all rolled in to one. The characters are likable and the story line is good, the books moves along at a nice pace and keeps you wondering what will happen next and you have a few laughs along the way. If your looking for a nice light easy read or a holiday book then this is the one for you. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book.

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This was a fun out of my normal genre of Christian fiction book. That being said it was a blast to follow attorney Lillly as she leaves her ex-fiancé and high pressure lifestyle, returning to her roots in Texas. She learns that family and her old town can be best for healing wounds. She dusts off her boots and gets back into her old life. As her old boyfriend Cash renters her life she finds a challenging mystery to be solved. There are at least 2 more in this series and I look forward to reading the rest of them. I was provided an E copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review

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I want those boots! Glittery and coloured and...bejewelled and betasselled preferably. But NOT made of alligator skin of course!

The author and her friends also love their boots are demonstrated by the photos on her website.

So this a review of 3 books written by someone who has her own 'posse' and also wears the boots are described in the stories, and thus, to me, the antics of the posse rang very true.

The storylines are not complicated, but the storytelling is fun, and the characters well drawn.

i personally don't have any sympathy at all with the gun carrying culture of Oklahoma, nor its majority politics but was pleased to see that the current Governor (2016) vetoed the bill to criminalise abortions, even though the 'bathroom' rule still applies for transgender students. This State votes, largely, for Trump. Trump who manages to lose lots of money running casinos. Would you trust someone who can lose money that way with running a country's finances?

I read all 3 books one after the other as I was enjoying them and the interplay between Miss Lily and her clients. However, I am on the side of PETA (I'm a vegetarian and anti-hunting) and also think that kicking bunnies is definitely not funny! Especially if you then shoot it because of the injuries you have caused.

So would I recommend these books? Well yes, if you can put aside the politics and guns and just enjoy the fun side. I managed to do that and corralled my brain asides on the issues I raise above, until I had read them.

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I LOVED this book! The feisty heroine was pretty badass!

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A hoot and a half!

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first of a (so far) 3 part series about Miss Lilly Atkins. I had origianlly reviewed the 3rd book and had to read this series from the beginning. While this is a stand alone book, since there are two others go read them!

Lilly, from small town Brooks, Oklahoma, returns back home to live with her sister (and basically with her parents and grandparents) after breaking up with her cheating fiance. As with most small towns, everyone knows why she is back home and of course everyone has an opinion on her life. However, despite this, Lilly returns home in hopes of finding herself again. Without the big time job and the fancy rich fiance, Lilly is forced to become her own person, despite all that's going on within her home and home town (and there is ALWAYS something going on whether she likes it or not). Between the town gossip, her family, her friends - close and distant, ex-boyfriends, new friends, and a slew of other characters, Lilly is almost forced to figure things out, a feat that is not easy.

The writing style is a bit different, almost that of a real life conversation with your friend where words are rapped off a mile a minute and subjects changed. However, this brings a realness to the reading yet may not be for everyone however only adds to the evolution of Lilly and the story line. The book combines self exploration, mystery, sarcasm, and a whole lot of "bless your hearts". While this can certainly be read alone, I recommend reading all the books of the series as they really build upon each other.

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This was a delight book. I enjoyed it that I actually purchased it and the one after that. Look forward to more from this author

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This book was fun. It reminded me a little of Susan McBride's debutante dropout series. The southernisms rang true, and I look forward to the further adventures of Lily and her posse.

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"the best place to find grace is with the people that know all the bad stuff you've done...and the world works a lot better if the women of a small town got to run it." Miss Lilly Atkins

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Surprised how much I enjoyed this story. Cute, fun and quick read. Similar to the Stephanie Plum Series, only difference Stephanie is a Northerner and collects bounties and Lilly is a Southerner that's a Lawyer. Lilly's family and friends are a hoot. Liked this book and will continue through the series.

I received an ARC from the author through netgalley in exchange for a review. Thank you.

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