Anchored is the debut novel by Brigitte Quinn that uses the newsroom as its backdrop to tell the story of Barbara King. Barbara is a news anchor waiting for her Big Break and dealing with all the challenges along the way. Thank you to Ms. Quinn and BookSparks for sharing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
Barbara King is a married mother of one working for an upstart news channel in Phoenix. She wants to move to the big league—primetime anchor on an established network. But, like all professionals, no matter the field, she must do her time in a less glamorous setting with others working towards that same goal. There are the usual characters: the hyper competitive coworker, the functioning alcoholic font of wisdom, the over-achieving boss in training, and the unintended, unexpected love interest. How will Barbara proceed in her career?
While I did enjoy meeting Barbara and the people in her world, It was difficult for me to solely focus on the character. Anchored is set in a newsroom populated by people in the profession. There is a language and energy in that world that can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Ms. Quinn made it very easy to form the mental pictures but it was still a challenge for me to focus on the primary characters while learning about the major background one.
It is very easy to see this novel as a weekly, one hour program of the non-reality variety that gives her characters faces and tangibility without becoming caricatures.