I just finished reading Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle.
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.
The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt Lottie Mae, 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.
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a quick, fun read! This book is full of short little anecdotes, ususally 2-3 pages. Which was the perfect length: not too long, not too short. I live in Orlando, Florida, so while I live in the South, people often say we live too far south to be Southern. But reading this book, I often found myself thinking "yup, I've done that!" The stories were often hilarious and had me laughing out loud. The author wrote as if she were talking to a friend and I felt like I was her friend.
If you love funny, short anecdotal stories, then this book is right up your Southern alley!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 31
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review by the author.