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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another Gem!!! 7 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I put Luanne Jones on my short list of new authors to watch after reading her first book last year. She did not disappoint with this great story. I liked that the heroine was so imperfect. Rita was described as overweight but she didn't have to get skinny to feel worthy of the sexy hero.
The hero, Wild Billy, was sympathetic and fun. I adored the way he interacted with his feisty Mom, Miss Peggy.

The characters were loads of fun without going overthetop. The romance had a lot of energy and tenderness. As with her first book the relationships between the women were really compelling and I hope one day Jones decides to write a book where she can focus more on those than on the romantic storyline.
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humorous satirical look at small town southern living 9 Mar. 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Hellon, Tennessee, sixty miles or so from Memphis, Rita Stark owns and operates the Pig Rib Palace. Divorced from her husband Pernel, whose closet of female attire is superior to hers, and feeling empty nest syndrome with their daughter off to school, Rita decides to renovate her dilapidated restaurant. She hires legendary football hero Wild Billy West to do the job.

Rita's wacky best friends Cozette Harvey and Jillie West believe Billy is just the right medicine for Rita to regain her former confidence as a card carrying Dixie belle. Though she does not mind wearing the tiara or holding her head high, Rita struggles with accepting a date with Billy as her self-esteem remains in the septic tank.

THE DIXIE BELLE'S GUIDE TO LOVE is a humorous satirical look at small town southern living as depicted in many a romance novel. Rita is an intriguing lead protagonist who makes the tale. Though quite amusing, the local dialogue especially when Cozette and Jillie are on center stage, disrupts the flow of the plot as the audience struggles to understand what is being said. Still Luanne Jones provides her audience with a delightfully jocular hometown romance.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The characters in this story are very funny and warm.......Rita who received a run down restaurant in her divorce settlement from her cross-dressing ex-husband. Parnel. is a person who always lived her life to please everyone else.She decided to renovate her restaurant and received help from all her friends who live in this small town in Tenn. Her daughter is away at college and she is feeling kind of down about her now empty life......Her two best friends, Jillie and Cozette decide that Jillie's brother, Wild Billy West is the person who could help rebuild the restaurant and also Rita's self esteem. Billy and Jillie's mother Peggy agrees and they all hope they can help to accomplish this......This story is kind of predictable, however. it is so funny that I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue and situations............I recommend this book.
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Made My Weekend! 14 May 2002
By "anna-m" - Published on
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My best friend told me I had to read this book. I let it linger on my nightstand awhile but this weekend I picked it up to start flipping through the pages and from the very beginning I was hooked. I read it all in 2 days and couldn't wait to come to Amazon to see if the author had other books.
The writing was funny and fresh. The characters made me smile because I could picture them so vividly. The main character, Rita, was like a real person, not like characters in books that are either too perfect, too stupid or too dysfunctional to relate to. Wild Billy was wonderful. I want him to come to my house and fix a few things! The girlfriends Cozy and Jillie were interesting in their own right and Wild Billy's mother and Rita's ex-husband were a hoot (and yet they could be very touching and sweet, not one demensional).
Overall, a great effort.
Southern humor, witty ladies 21 Feb. 2015
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Funny, silly love story.
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