A friend gave me this book and I was very excited to dive into it. I love book, especially funny ones about southern women. Sadly, I just couldn't get into this one. The characters just didn't draw me in.
The Wooten family returns (Dreaming Southern, 2000) in this tale of a small town fighting Wal-Martization. Irene Wooten was too young to remember much about Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, when her family left for California in the 1950s, but the town still exerts a powerful hold over her older sisters, Rebecca and Carleen. When Rebecca learns that a mysterious company called Castleco is buying up and razing old buildings there, she launches a land grab of her own--until her determination to reclaim the old family estate, Rosemont, brings her into a head-to-head struggle with Castleco. Meanwhile, Carleen stands up to her philandering husband, Irene moves in with her grandmother, and the whole town prepares to celebrate Lila Mae Wooten's seventy-fifth birthday. There are too many subplots, and the quirkiness of Blue Lick Springs sometimes veers uncomfortably close to parody, but this is an engaging, fast-paced novel. Bruckheimer plays many of the skirmishes between pro- and antidevelopment forces for laughs, but she is serious about the threats to the economic health and character of American small towns. Meredith Parets
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way (Wheeler Large Print Book Series (Cloth)) on
Join the lives of 3 sisters, and their mother, who leave their hometown for the city, only to return all for different reasons. They soon remember and rediscover why their grandmother still lives there, and fight a local who's returned to change the small town and buyup all the local property. Great story of returning home and bringing your life back into perspective. An enjoyable book.
Carole T. (CatTrix58) reviewed The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way (Wheeler Large Print Book Series (Cloth)) on
"Rebecca Jean Wooten St. Clair and her sister, Carleen, pack up their two teenage daughters and leave California via Route 66 for Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, where they will celebrate the 75th birthday of their mother, Lila Mae.
Waiting for them is their sibling Irene (Baby Sister); Olive, their feisty, 95 yr. old grandmother; and a hometown that's troubled by a string of mysterious crimes; and invaded by Horace Castle, a slick-talking real estate developer.
Rebecca, Irene, and Olive join forces with their zany (and I mean zany) friends and relatives to save Blue Lick Springs while each sister grapples to rescue her own heart.
I'm afraid this is one book I could not finish. The characters got very tiresome, their accents very contrived, I'm from the South and we don't talk like that!! I couldn't feel any affection for any of the people involved, in fact I ended up loathing some of them. Needless to say the book got put away before I was halfway through it. Just not my cup of tea [or glass of sweet iced tea], others may thoroughly enjoy it.