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The Curl Up and Dye [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Sala
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Book Description

Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was epitome of success.

Those were the best days of her life...

"Poor LilyAnn," the local ladies lament. "She sure is stuck in the past."

Eleven years ago, LilyAnn Bronte was the Peachy-Keen Queen of Blessings, Georgia—the prettiest, smartest, and most popular girl in town, going steady with the star quarterback, a high school career on the fast track to success. Then Randy Joe was killed in Iraq, and somehow LilyAnn just let herself go to seed.

Ruby, Mabel Jean, Vera, and Vesta of the Curl Up and Dye have been itching to give LilyAnn a makeover, but she knows it would make more than a new hairstyle for her to get her life back.

Until one fateful day, when a handsome stranger roars into town, and LilyAnn has a revelation.

Maybe the best is yet to come...

Praise for Color Me Bad:

"This is Southern fiction at its absolute best! I, for one, can't wait to visit Blessings, Georgia again!"—Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Praise for Sharon Sala:

"Sharon Sala is one of those gifted writers able to touch your heart."—Night Owl Reviews

"Sala [has a] rare ability to bring powerful stories to life."—RT Book Reviews

"Ms. Sala's characters are so well created...I could tear myself apart."—Long and Short Reviews

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

LilyAnn Bronte gave up on life 11 years ago when her boyfriend, a high-school star quarterback, was killed in Afghanistan. Now this former homecoming queen, voted most likely to succeed, is packing on the pounds working as a pharmacy clerk in the small town of Blessings, Georgia. Mike Dalton, her neighbor, has carried a torch for Lily since the tenth grade—not that she’s noticed. So the gals at the Curl Up and Dye beauty salon decide to nudge Lily out of her rut and into Mike’s arms. But the shapely redhead who runs the local B&B with her third husband has designs on Mike as her fourth. And when a hunky stranger roars into town, Mike can’t help but notice LilyAnn’s sudden reawakening. The novel starts strong and leads to a riveting climax, although shifts in point of view midscene can be jarring, and Mike’s mooning is a bit over the top. The triumphant ending feels milked, but readers will be rewarded with a spirited side to LilyAnn that emerges as this light romance takes a dark turn. --Diane Holcomb


"The novel starts strong and leads to a riveting climax...readers will be rewarded with a spirited side to LilyAnn that emerges as this light romance takes a dark turn." - Booklist

"Sala's novel is one of those rare treats that is not only a pleasure to read, but is so enjoyable it becomes difficult to put the book down. An unexpected turn makes the narrative even more entertaining. The kooky neighbors will remind readers of the people in their own small towns and neighborhoods, but the amount of time that Sala devotes to developing them begs for a sequel. " - RT Book Reviews

"Sharon Sala writes a charming story about a second chance at life and love in The Curl Up and Dye... Sala makes Blessings, Georgia, a vastly entertaining place to visit. " - BookPage

"This is a well-written book. If you are looking for more than escapism, you will enjoy LilyAnn's quest to find herself and love.
" - The Idaho Statesman

"This story was a breath of fresh air and I truly enjoyed it from start to finish. Blessings, Georgia is a special place full of good people and Southern charm. I hope I get to visit there again real soon!" - Escape With DollyCass

"If you are a fan of southern fiction or women's fiction and are looking for an adorable read... I recommend The Curl Up and Dye. " - Confessions of a Book Addict

"Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, cuddle up and have a good time with this wonderful home-town type story. It's well worth the time to read! The characters are endearing and loveable, you get some bad guys to take you temper out on, and lots of great fun! " -

"This book is a great read filled with Southernisms, humor, small town gossip, romance, meddling and some danger." - I'm a Voracious Reader

"I loved, loved this book! So with that, we are all aware I'd be reviewing this book screaming at you to go get it... and stop by your salon to get your hair done! " - ChickLit Pad

" I can recommend it to those who enjoy small town romances with loveable quirky characters." - Delighted Reader

"It's engaging, heartwarming, funny, sassy, and just plain good – it is Southern fiction at its best! I like nothing better than when I open a book and I find myself drawn in from the beginning pages and that is exactly what I got with The Curl Up and Dye." - Peeking Between the Pages

"The thing I love most about all of Ms. Sala's books are the characters and her ability to draw you right into the story." - Born to Read Books

"New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala brings the story of a small town beauty parlor and a would be romance in The Curl Up & Dye...I really enjoyed LilyAnn and Mike's romance, and the ending is very satisfying. " - News and Sentinel - Book Nook

"The Curl Up and Dye is a quick, engaging read blending romance, drama and humour. Well known for her romantic suspense fiction, Sharon Sala is sure to pick up some new fans with her foray into southern fiction who will be looking forward to revisiting Blessings as the series progresses." - Book'd Out

"Readers, are you ready for Southern Fiction at its best?...The Curl Up & Dye is an enchanting and cozy romantic story that will pull at your heartstrings while keeping you thoroughly entertained." - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"Sharon Sala's THE CURL UP AND DYE is a delight... Sharon's story revolves around a small town where everyone knows everyone, and there are not any secrets. The story of Lily Ann drew me in from the beginning and right up until the end I couldn't put THE CURL UP AND DYE down." - Fresh Fiction

"With colorful characters and an enticing story line, Sala's new series proves to be amusing and appealing." - Romantic Reads and Such

Product Details

  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402283962
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (February 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars February 4, 2014
Sharon Sala’s newest release, The Curl Up and Dye, is an emotional journey for LilyAnn Bronte as she finally lets go of her grief and unexpectedly discovers love. This heartwarming novel has plenty of sass and down home Southern charm, but it is the warm and caring cast of characters that make it such an outstanding read.

The sound of a hot rod pickup truck is what finally shakes LilyAnn out of the haze she has been living in for eleven long years. This former Miss Peachy-Keen Queen has been mired in grief and living in the past so long she barely recognizes the out of shape and uninspiring woman she has become. A fleeting attraction to the driver of that souped up truck inspires LilyAnn to get out of her rut, get into shape and begin living in the here and now. Stunned by the unexpected reaction of her best friend and next door neighbor, Mike Dalton, LilyAnn has a few more lessons to learn before she can finally see what has been in front of her all along.

Aiding LilyAnn and Mike in traversing their evolving relationship is a cast of lively and eclectic characters. Their biggest supporter is the indomitable Ruby Dye, owner of the local beauty shop. Her well-intentioned meddling leads to unexpected consequences for their rapidly deteriorating relationship. However it does force LilyAnn to see Mike in a whole new light. Unfortunately, Mike stubbornly resists LilyAnn’s efforts to make peace and in doing so, he unwittingly puts not only their future, but LilyAnn, in danger.

Sharon Sala’s The Curl Up and Dye is an entertaining novel that has a engaging cast of characters and an eminently appealing setting. The storyline is sweet but there is just enough drama to keep it interesting and unpredictable. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys homespun stories with plucky, courageous heroines and adorable, affable heroes.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Southern romance March 1, 2014
LilyAnn Bronte was once the envy of her high school classmates. Sweet, popular and beautiful she was valedictorian, head cheerleader, crowned 'Miss Peachy-Keen Queen' and dating star quarterback, Randy Joe. But then Randy was killed in Afghanistan, having enlisted after the tragedy of 9/11, and LilyAnn's blessed life fell apart. Grieving for her fiance, she withdrew and ten years later she is overweight, out of shape and alone, still visiting Randy's grave every week. Its the arrival of a handsome stranger in town that finally inspires LilyAnne to reinvent herself, unaware that his notice is not something you would want.

While a large part of this story is about LilyAnne's efforts to rebuild her life, the focus is firmly on the romance between LilyAnne and her neighbour, Mike Dalton. Having been in love with LilyAnne since the tenth grade, Mike is hoping that the changes she is making will include the way she sees him, but she remains largely oblivious until Ruby, the owner of the Curl Up and Dye Salon, chooses to give them both a little push. The development of their romance is beset by miscommunication, misguided attempts at provoking jealousy and the misinterpretation of intentions, and though a happy ending is never really in any doubt, it is satisfying when LilyAnne and Mike finally get it together.

What did surprise me was the subplot involving the stranger, T.J. who proves to be a nasty piece of work. I really wasn't expecting some of the violence that occurs during the course of the novel, and it may be confronting for some readers caught unawares.

To offset the drama there is humour and southern snark, quirky characters and a charming small town atmosphere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy, Warm, Humorous and Sad With a Wonderful HEA! February 8, 2014
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LilyAnn has led a charmed life, at least in the beginning. Then the unthinkable happens - she loses her fiancé to the war in Afghanistan just after 9/11. She mourns for years. And, unbeknownst to her, her best friend and next door neighbor Mike has loved her almost all their lives.
Their lives are serene if not a tad boring and a little miserable until the day a handsome stranger comes to town. Lily decides it is time to change her life. This does not bode well for Mike, the man who has lived her for so many years. Now the women at The Curl Up and Dye salon want to help getting LilyAnn and Mike together. They belong together, it is fate or Karma whatever it can be attributed to they would be perfect together. `Sister' who does LilyAnn's hair every week, is especially keen on helping them out and what she does isn't always for the best, but it is always from the heart!

This is such a cozy read, with well-written and complicated, multi-layered characters, a wonderful story line and descriptions of a small town in Georgia that is so wonderfully written that I just want to go there and be around everyone! This book is mild compared to some, but does contain some salty language and some sex scenes. The sexual scenes are not overly erotic or too smutty, but just enough to make you tingle a little! I loved this book and I sure hope that there will be another book about the characters in this town.*ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very quick read but still enjoyable! March 3, 2014
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I have been a Sharon Sala fan for years and I looked forward to her latest release, knowing it was not her usual suspense-like book. This story is fun, quirky and told from quite a few viewpoints (which I wasn't sure I would like but it definitely worked here).

LilyAnn is the typical southern belle, concerned with beauty, clothes, pageants, and boys...that is, until her boyfriend of only 1 year is killed in Afghanistan not long after 9/11. Then her world stopped progressing and she "let herself go". This book is mostly about her waking up and realising that she's ready to let go of the past. She starts eating better and exercising and the whole town notices. Espeically...

Mike. LilyAnn's neighbour and he has loved her for years...but of course, never says anything. Ever. I'm not sure what he thought that would accomplish, it's obvious Lily doesn't see him as anything other than her best friend.

I found a couple of places where it got a bit confusing on how old anyone is (especially Rachel Goodhope, she's brought up as LilyAnn's high school nemesis but then another character talks about her as if she's close to, if not in, her 40s but LilyAnn can't be more than about 30).

The end of this story felt very rushed to me, the "terrible" thing happens and is resolved and the happily ever after all happens in a matter of pages. I would have preferred a bit more romance between Mike & Lily, or some actual dating...them talking about anything related to a relationship. It's like he tells her "Lily, I've loved you for 15 years" and she's like "really? I didn't know that but I love you, too!" The End.

This book contains witty southern humor (lots of "bless your heart!" which might be one of my favourite southern insults") and meddling hair stylists, and is sure to entertain.
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Loved it, love Sharon Sala. Great characters, believable interactions, wonderful location creation.
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My first book reading this writer. No bore parts and had a great southern homey feel to it. All the characters were likable and real.
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print under her name and her pen name, Dinah McCall. She is published in five different genres - Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women's Fiction. First published in 1991, she's an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer's Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award. In 2011 she was named RWA's recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times , USA Today, Publisher's Weekly best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.

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