Sunday, August 11, 2013

Book Review: Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle by Susan Reinhardt


From the publisher's description:
Most 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.
Writing
I loooooved Reinhardt's Southern humor in Not Tonight Honey, but was just so-so on her writing in Don't Sleep With a Bubba.  I was excited to try out her fiction and see how it would stack up.  I found her style to be as funny and good-naturedly Southern as I remembered, but there were some flaws in the composition that I couldn't overlook.  There were some incredibly clunky sentences in desperate need of editing that took me out of the story.

Entertainment Value
Even though the writing itself had some flaws, I was still captivated by the story and head over heels in love with the characters.  Aunt Weepie was my favorite, but I also fell in love with Dee, her Mama, and her kids.  I also had several laugh out loud moments.

Overall
Yes, there was some clunk, but I think the humor and heart won out.  I wasn't looking for a literary masterpiece, I was looking for an entertaining and humorous story, and that's what I got.  Reinhardt has a fan in me - I'll read what she writes in the future whether it's humor or fiction!

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