Not as "fluffy" as Sissy Leblanc which in my opinon is a good thing. This is the story of Sissy's grandmother Belle who shakes things up in the 1920s. Also introduces Beaux. A little romance, a little drama some historical events thrown in for autenticity. A quick, fun easy read.
I found "The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell" to be both humerous and insightful. Set in a Louisianan small town in 1920, we find 32 year old Belle widowed when her war hero husband is killed while playing poker the night he comes home from the war. A year later, Bella decides to bob her hair after admiring the fashionable look in Vanity Fair (quite scandelous for a southern lady). Her antics continue from there. The characters, including her prim and proper mother-in law whom she and her 16 year old daughter live with on her southern mansion, the very young white farm manager who is involved in the klan and also wants to hands on "manage Belle", Belle's best friend who is Jewish and family owns the town variety store, her great looking best friends Jewish brother whom she falls in love with, and a large variey of other southern characters including many Klan members. Between laughing at Belles rules of the southern lady and being indignant at how others react to Belle's "unlady like behavior" I certainly enjoyed this book.
I loved this cd. There are 5 cd's. The story line is quite amusing. About a woman who does just about what ever she wants in a time when this isn't acceptable. She always gets away with it. Very intertaining. Little sexy (maybe a little more than a little),a little wonder and alot of great story. You'll wish you'd of known Belle when you are done with this story. Great time spent.
Nice to read that things haven't changed a whole lot since the 40's regarding loose women, drinking, adultery, etc. Hard to believe that some things even remain the same. Belle is a single mom trying her best to be moral in an amoral society in Southern Louisiana! I can relate to her bouts of wanting human touch but abiding by her Primer of Proprieties.
Fun and interesting story about a young woman who just can't stick to the restraint needed to stay out of trouble in her time. Suffragettes and women of loose morals were seen as quite the same thing. Oh, the trouble she gets into!
What can I say I LOVED this book. I first read Loraine Despres other book The Scandalous Summer of Sissy Leblanc which actually was my first chic lit book ever and loved it so much I had to go out and get this one. If you haven't read either book order both from here because they are soo good! Both set in the south revolving around strong minded females...
"belle canrtrell felt guilty about killing her husband and she hated that. feeling guilty, that is. a layt should'nt do something she's hoing to feel guilty about later, was a rule belle kept firmly in mind."
the year is 1920,prohibition is in full swing,women are clamoring for the vote, and a narrow-minded intolerance is on the rise. life ins't easy for an unmarred woman, not in a little town like gentry,louisiana,especially after she's sent to jail for swinnimg inan indecent bathing costume with a group fo suffragettes. GREAT STORY