Saturday, August 7, 2010

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd

Synopis from Goodreads:
While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any. On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun. To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing. 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, Oliviade Belle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms. The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt LottieMae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama. Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church,where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

My take on this book:

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd takes us on a laugh out loud trip down south in her charming debut novel.
This book is a compilation of 41 short stories with such titles as Possum Queen, We Know Mom's Crazy Rule and Ivana Trump and Asparagus.

One of my favorite stories would have to be New Neighbors. The author describes how she had thrown a receipt away and needed to go dig it out of the trash and guess what her new neighbors drive by and all she could do is smile and wave. Well the following week her sister calls and needed the family Christmas menu well you guessed it, that menu was in the trash and so once again she is out digging in the trash, the new neighbors are driving by but this time they stop, and she says to them , "If my husband would give me some money, I wouldn't have to do this!" This is just a sampling of the New
Neighbor story it continues until I was laughing my head off.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a funny read, and if your a fan of Southern Humor then your going to love this book.
Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this great book to read and review.

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