Title: Chimes of a Cracked Southern Belle
Author: Susan Reinhardt
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Humor
Publication Date: June 23, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services
SynopsisMost people think the reason Dee Millings married the best looking man in the Carolinas who turned out to be a complete psycho and near-murderer is because she was raised all wrong.
Dee, a 38-year-old heroine to root for, sets out on a path winding with loveable kooks, wanting to prove there is a great life on the other side of tragedy and a crazed ex behind bars who continues to mail threatening letters from prison. Her new adventure begins two years after the crime spree that nearly stopped her heart and left her flat-lining. She packs up her two young kids and settles in her parents' South Carolina hometown where she deals with a delightful, but over-the-top mama who pretends her grown daughters are virgins.
Dee finds new purpose for herself and her children, discovering joy in places she never expected it: in a nursing home where she tends to the likes of 104-year-old Annie Sue who still drives and has a hankering for cold draft beer. Offering heaps of comic relief, Dee's Aunt Weepie lives to crash funerals just to get the covered-dish meals after the gravesides, no matter she has no idea who's in the coffins. Her antics lead her to making a daring decision that could change Dee's life forever.
As Dee begins a journey toward recovery and becoming a registered nurse, a dark secret resurfaces, one that if handled right, could be her ticket to allowing herself to love again.
Darra's Review:I was excited to read a funny book. They are hard to find these days. So this book was calling my name. Dee(Prudy) got ran over by her psycho ex-husband. That alone makes this story different. And read a little at the end of the book and this was based off of true events. Those Southerners are crazy. Dee is just trying to make it thru life with the little her husband left her with(nothing). Starting over brand new.
Dee's family is really the funny part of the book. If you want to get an idea of how some old school southern women think, read about her Mom and Aunt Weepie. They made me LOL, which is very difficult. The whole going to funeral's for food is classic.
Love, love, love Annie Sue. I would die just sitting in the car with a 104 yr old driving. Annie is one of a kind. She made me laugh each time she came up in the book. The story about her boyfriend and his member...makes me laugh right now.
And about her high school love, Croc. At first she made him sound like he looked like the dog poop smeared across the bottom of your shoe. But the more you get to know him, the more you think AWWW. So sweet. And he got better looking, at least in my mind.
I like that the story is about a women that is not 110lbs, 5'8 gorgeous woman. She was real. And so was Croc. Ghandi size, but not everyone has a 6-pack and is 6'5 of perfection.
I would give this book a 4.0. It was a good read and a lighter book. Sometimes you need a little humor in your life.
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About the Author:
Susan Reinhardt, a well-known, award-winning columnist is author of six books along with many anthologies.
Her bestselling book of humor, “Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6,” is now in its 7th printing. This was followed by "Don't Sleep with a Bubba," A Book of the Year winner, and "Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin," a best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters with a dash of PG-13 humor and a smidgeon of sex. All were published by Kensington in New York City.
Her recent books include participating in the Malaprop's Book Store bestseller, "Naked Came the Leaf Peeper," in which a dozen of Western North Carolina's most well-known authors went wild with a serial novel, each taking a turn with his or her own chapter. The book was highly praised by Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain," along with "Eat Pray Love's" Elizabeth Gilbert.
In November, 2012, she and co-author and editor DC Stanfa released "Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups, and Crack-ups," featuring some of the most famous authors and bloggers around, including their own tales of romantic misadventure and blunders.
Soon, she will release her biggest project to date: Her first novel, 10 years in the making titled, "Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle."
In addition to writing, she's a stand-up comedian, public speaker, public servant, taxi driver to her teen daughter, debit card to her 20-year-old son, and a borderline candidate to appear on "The Hoarders" Buried Alive!" if you saw her bedroom/office and the amount of books and stacked papers.
She is mother of two: daughter Lindsey, 14, and son Niles, 20. They are her true loves and the very reason she BEGS her husband (second hubby) for Botox at least once a year.
Reinhardt is involved in many charities, including child and animal welfare groups and is a community volunteer.
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