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Saturday, August 10, 2013

My Review of Chimes From A Cracked Southern Belle by Susan Reinhardt----4 stars out of 5

I usually read hot romance novels so when I started reading this book I was like uh where is the romance.  The romance never came BUT I kept reading the book because it is about a woman who survives a horrible attack from her ex-husband.  Her scars and her body will never be the same.  Yet she some how manages to get back on her feet.  When she describes the brutal attack and all the injuries she endured I was entranced with this woman's strength.  Then came the part where she has a family that is crazy as hell.  Her mother reminded me of my grandmother who would quote scriptures all the time to us.  The way her mother does it is hilarious.  She leaves her a message every day on her answering machine giving her a quote and then giving some advice which is usually about getting a job, and to get a MAN.  Then she has this aunt that is just as crazy as her mom but she doesn't quote scriptures.  She is always telling Dee that her momma is not as innocent as she tries to act.  The three of them together are freakin hilarious.  There were parts in the book where I was laughing so hard I was crying.  It wasn't just crying because it was so funny that was only part of it, but the other reason was because Dee's strength is so strong.  I know everybody has their moments of when they think their lives are really bad but when you read this book it not only makes you see there are people worse off than you but that have the courage to keep moving on with their held up high.  Now Dee did have her moments but she always bounced right back.  Eventually there is a love interest but it really doesn't start off that way between her and Croc.  I thought to myself well maybe now the hot steamy romance comes in but no it doesn't.  More laughter came instead....I have to say one of the funniest moments was when Dee took one of the nursing home residents that was 104 years old to renew her drivers license.  I doubled over in laughter.  Dee works part-time at a nursing home and meets a lot of elderly people that are just down right funny.  Dee loves going to this job because she sees that none of their relatives come and visit and are just are lonely.  In truth I know that to be true.  My grandmother was in a nursing home the last couple of years of her life.  I went as often as I could because the drive was so far, but I got to meet a lot of elderly people there.  One lady thought I was her daughter and would just talk to me and all I would do was listen.  Then the best one was when this elderly man thought I was his wife and was yelling for me to go back to him chasing me around in his wheelchair.  Oh my God the nurses had a field day.  They  had to help me get him away so I could leave.  In the book Dee experiences so much of these occurrences which I think helped her heal.  If you are looking for a book to read when you are sad or depressed you should read this one.  It will knock your boots off lol.  It sure did for me and so as you can see I really loved this book and would recommend it to anybody.




About the author Susan Reinhardt

Susan Reinhardt, a well-known, award-winning columnist is author of six books along with many anthologies.

Her bestselling book of humor, “Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6,” is now in its 7th printing. This was followed by "Don't Sleep with a Bubba," A Book of the Year winner, and "Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin," a best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters with a dash of PG-13 humor and a smidgeon of sex. All were published by Kensington in New York City.

Her recent books include participating in the Malaprop's Book Store bestseller, "Naked Came the Leaf Peeper," in which a dozen of Western North Carolina's most well-known authors went wild with a serial novel, each taking a turn with his or her own chapter. The book was highly praised by Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain," along with "Eat Pray Love's" Elizabeth Gilbert.

In November, 2012, she and co-author and editor DC Stanfa released "Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups, and Crack-ups," featuring some of the most famous authors and bloggers around, including their own tales of romantic misadventure and blunders.
Soon, she will release her biggest project to date: Her first novel, 10 years in the making titled, "Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle."

In addition to writing, she's a stand-up comedian, public speaker, public servant, taxi driver to her teen daughter, debit card to her 20-year-old son, and a borderline candidate to appear on "The Hoarders" Buried Alive!" if you saw her bedroom/office and the amount of books and stacked papers.
She is mother of two: daughter Lindsey, 14, and son Niles, 20. They are her true loves and the very reason she BEGS her husband (second hubby) for Botox at least once a year.
Reinhardt is involved in many charities, including child and animal welfare groups and is a community volunteer.

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