Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly Author:Robert Dalby An irresistible Southern charmer about small-town gossip, second-chance romance, strange weather, and ballroom dancing in the most unlikely places. — Laurie Lepanto is on the horns of a dilemma. Her favorite market, the Piggly Wiggly, of Second Creek, Mississippi, is on the verge of closing its doors, nearly done in by a new Mega-Mart across town... more ». Over the years, the Piggly Wiggly has been more than a supermarket-it's been a community center and town hall, and it's even seen a little romance blossom in its aisles.
Laurie-who has never met a problem she can't solve- is determined to help Mr. Choppy, the Piggly Wiggly's manager, keep his business afloat. She enlists her fellow "Nitwitts," a formidable array of the town's most influential widows, and the town's most eligible silver fox, Powell Hampton, a sixtysomething widower and former ballroom dance instructor. For two hours a week, Powell will waltz-or fox-trot or tango-at the Piggly Wiggly with Second Creek's ladies while the salesclerks do their shopping for them.
In a place like Second Creek, where everyone knows everyone, waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly soon becomes the town's most festive event. And after a few turns around the floor with the handsome and charming Powell, Laurie soon begins to make plans for romance as well as civic renewal.« less
I cannot believe how disappointed I was in this book! I love the Miss Julia book and the Mitford books. (I'm a small town girl, so naturally,I'm a sucker for small town books.) And Ann Ross did give the book a good review, so I was eager.
And I was let down. The title sounded so promising, but the actual waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly was only a minor note in the story. It was filled with the requisite quirky characters, but they were too quirky, too over the top. And the romances that were woven into the story were so pitiful, I wanted to cry. There was no subtlety and very little falling in love, only a lot of (disturbing) discriptions of intercourse. *shudder*
Worst of all, I just didn't care about the book. I didn't care who fell in love, got married, or how Mr. Choppy lost his finger. I just wanted the book to end.
So, I had to ask myself: how do you rate a book that you didn't even care enough about to give an F? (For me to give a book an F, I have to have hated it with a passion.)
I give it a D- Very Dull
For generations, the Piggly Wiggly has been the hub of Second Creeks community. Now, thanks to the new MegaMart, the Piggly Wigglys owner may be forced to shut down this small-town landmark. Determined to keep her favorite market open, Laurie Lepanto crafts a schemewith some wonderfully unexpected consequences.
Laurie enlists her fellow Nitwitts, a formidable array of the towns most influential ladies. The Nitwitts are widows of a certain ageand they love to gossip, down Bloody Marys, and remain true to their Piggly Wiggly. Enlisting the help of handsome widower and former ballroom dancer Powell Hampton, they have the ladies of Second Creek fox-trotting and tangoing back into its aisles in no timewhile the salesclerks take care of their shopping. What was meant to be a desperate call to action has become the towns most festive event. But its Laurie whos thrown for a whirl when this civic renewal project sparks an unpredictable romance, giving her what may be the best deal shes ever gotten at the Piggly Wiggly
I have to admit that Im a sucker for good southern fictionbut this was awful. This is obviously the authors first piece of work. It came across as very amateurish. The other stand out was his inability to write from a womans perspective. When your leading character is a woman you should be able to do that.
I bought the book at a book signing a couple of years ago because he is a MS writer and I wanted to support MS talent. I just got around to reading it this week and really enjoyed it. It is light reading but has a cute plot and does give a glance into life in a small southern town where the people are trying to compete with the mega stores (no name mentioned) trying to keep a simple life. Loved it!
Just OK, but definitely not great. Hard a hard time paying attention so it took me a while to get through it. More of something the older ladies that frequent our local library would like since it was pretty "innocent" writing, so to speak. The characters were okay, like something out of a 50s TV show where everyone was kind of a Pollyanna, if that makes sense.