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“With Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Olivia deBelle Byrd proves that she is the real thing—an authentic Southern Belle with stories galore. I can’t wait to give this hilarious and heartwarming book to all my sweet friends.”
—CASSANDRA KING, author of The Same Sweet Girls
“As a fifth generation Southerner, I thought I knew all there was to know about Southern culture. However, Olivia deBelle Byrd has taught me a thing or two. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown covers everything from Sunday church, beauty pageants and Northern exposure with humorous insight. This is one that you’ll want to savor with a mint julep!”
—MICHAEL MORRIS, author of A Place Called Wiregrass
“Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful writer if you happen to enjoy wit, talent, charm, and good looks. Anyone who has ever cracked a grin at the works of Nora Ephron or Fannie Flagg owes it to herself to read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, which is the warmest, wisest, funniest book I’ve read in a month of Sundays. It’s like lunch with your wittiest friends—full of heart, love, and juicy gossip!”
—ROBERT LELEUX, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy
While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any. On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun. To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing. 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, Oliviade Belle 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 LottieMae, 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.
A book that will have you laughing from the first page!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a funny read, and if your a fan of Southern Humor then your going to love this book.
Do yourself a favor and pick up the sweet and entertaining Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle!
Except for David Sedaris, I am no fan of short stories or even novellas. I'm all about the novels---the longer the better. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
If you grew up in the south like I did, you can relate to the phrases and people in this book.
If you grew up north of the Mason Dixon line and need a good laugh, you will... Read more
A book that will have you laughing from the first page! It's packed with 41 chapters on a huge variety of topics that you will identify with, from "Christmas Sweaters" and "Mint... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charity U
This is a light, easy read--perfect for an afternoon of entertainment. The book is filled with anecdotes and fun stories about the "Southern belles", but the Northerner will find... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Margie
Delightful and entertaining would be the definition of this book if it was in the dictionary. I laughed and often out loud while reading this. It is witty, heartfelt and honest. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Margaret (Literary Chanteuse)
I've never laughed so hard while reading! This was absolutely hilarious! The book contains 41 short stories about childhood, motherhood and life in general in... Read more
From start to finish this set of wonderfully Southern, sweetly humorous, bitingly perceptive essays had me laughing out loud, sipping coffee with a contented smile, and longing to... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by S. Deeth
Olivia deBelle Byrd has compiled together over forty tales from her southern life. She uses stories about her husband, children, relatives, and friends. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews
Ha - This is such a delight.
The wonderful thing about this book is that it oozes Southern charm which is quite distinct from northern arrogance. Read more