Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Andecdotes of a Southern Belle' by Olivia deBelle Byrd


  Short synopsis from Goodreads:
With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.

My Thoughts: This book was a fun way to spend a few hours. I loved the author's voice and I could almost imagine it inside my head. The story behind the title of the book was very funny! Miss Hildreth was buried in a brown suit and the horror of it all was that the color just didn't do her dead body justice! Could you imagine talking about that at someone's funeral??? This book had me laughing off and on, and smiling most of the time I was reading it. I'm not sure if the author will like this or not but my favorite "character" in her book was her HUSBAND!! He's a riot and I loved his sense of humor.

Recommend? Yes, I do. This is just a fun way to experience the customs and rituals of Southern women. I believe we really do have a lot in common, probably more than we think!

Rating: 7.5/10

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Disclaimer:Thank you to Olivia deBelle Byrd for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel

Published: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Pages: 176
Genre: Southern Humor
ISBN: 9781600377488

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  1. Sounds sooooooooooooo FUN!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. What a fun premise! It reminds me of a similar funeral I went to so I would probably enjoy this!

  3. I loved this one as well and will pick it up to get a chuckle.

  4. I'm glad to see you liked this one. I hope to start it on the weekend.

  5. I enjoyed this book, too. My review will be posted tomorrow.

  6. Yes, people in the South would discuss what a deceased person is wearing in just that fashion. This book sounds like fun.

  7. Actually I can believe that comment about the brown suit was said at the funeral. I've heard similar comments such as, "She would just die if she knew she had to wear that dress for all eternity!" God's truth. There's no way to stop what comes out of some people's mouths.

  8. I have heard good things about this one :) And I would like to read it, even if I do not know much about the South and would surely miss a couple of things ;)

  9. The premise of the title is funny so I bet the book has a great sense of humor.

  10. I enjoyed this one too and just received a personal thank you card in the mail from the author today!

  11. I loved this one, too, Staci...and I'm discovering that I thoroughly enjoy the "Southern author's voice" in numerous book selections. Which makes me wonder: why haven't I yet visited the South?

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. I have to read this! I adore books that make me laugh :)

  13. This definitely sounds like a fun book. I've not heard about it so I'm glad that you shared your review!


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