- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (July 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380819368
- ISBN-13: 978-0380819362
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,492,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love and a Bad Hair Day Paperback – July 29, 2003
For generations, the citizens of Verbena, North Carolina, have played out their own version of the Hatfields and McCoys, with the O'Malleys and the Hadleys standing in for the famous feuding clans. The death of Howdy O'Malley, the penny-pinching proprietor of the South Winds Trav'O'Tel and All-Day Buffet, brings his grandson, Ryman, back to town with plans to demolish the South Winds and, thus, help end the feud. But things do not go smoothly, thanks largely to Jolene, a Hadley whose staunch opposition to the destruction of the Verbena landmark complicates matters almost as much as the rekindling of her and Ry's 20-year mutual attraction. Ry and Jolene go back and forth (literally, as Jolene's hair salon and home are directly across Highway 612--the town's acknowledged O'Malley-Hadley line--from the South Winds) on the issue, all the while engaging in heavy flirting. In the end, it is Ry and Jolene's romance that drives the plot: Can they end the feud and live happily ever after? A fluffy but entertaining debut novel filled with eccentric small-town characters. Beth Leistensnider
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About the Author
Annie Flannigan recently relocated from Missouri to Kentucky with her husband, two children, two dogs, and way too much stuff! She feels especially qualified to write a book about love, loyalty, and the intense personal relationship between a woman and her " 'do" because the constraints in her own life have always been family, writing...and bad hair!
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The book takes place in a VERY small southern town with not much going for it rather than a Trav'O'Tel, car museum, a long family feud. The two families were all but a few people left in the town and pathetic attempt at the Hatfields and the McCoys. Of course the new generation of the two families were a divorced woman who owned the local hair salon, which she took all too seriously, and a handsome man she lusted after for 20+years. Of course these two get together in a Romeo and Juliet sense and bring the families together and end the feud. That's about the entire, slow paced book in a nut shell.
I loved the hometown drawl of the characters and even the pace of the story was slowed down. Some readers hated the slow pace but I liked it. It made me feel immersed in the South and it drew me in.
Jolie and Ry were a cute couple; I was rooting for them from the get-go. The flirting was predictable but I liked it. It had a total chick lit vibe and I needed that kind of book when I read it.
Two things I hated:
1- The cover has a brunette looking like she's 20 when in fact, the main character is in her 30's with bright red curly hair. A total turn-off for me.
2- The main character, Jolie, started out being cute and a little wacky, especially when it came to the rival families. I liked her. But then came the last 40 pages. By the time I finished the book, I wanted to strangle her. She was horrid and I ended up throwing the book across the room.
Normally, I don't give a bad review. But this one needs its two stars (and I'm being generous). Avon needs to re-examine this cover pronto and in my opinion, this book is a pass.
P.S. I gave the book away. It doesn't deserve to be in my prized bookshelf.
Yet when his grandfather dies, and Ryman becomes the new owner of the South Winds Trav' O' Tel' and returns to Verbena, Jolene is forced to face the man she's been dreaming about for twenty years. If there's one thing Jolene hates more than anything else, it's change, and Ryman's return to town signals nothing but! Will the two be able to get past their feuding families and generations of "bad blood" in order to live happily ever after?
LOVE AND A BAD HAIR DAY is written from the first person perspective, giving us only Jolene's point of view. This is rare in a romance novel (and don't be fooled, even though LOVE AND A BAD HAIR DAY may look like a chick-lit novel, it's really not). There are a few editorial mistakes in the book which should have been caught, such as the sudden shift from first-person to "she" or even "Jolene". I doubt the author was trying to get her main character to refer to herself in the third person, as this only happens a few times throughout the book and seems severely out of place. Jolene herself is hard to identify with at times, as she whines, complains and does her absolute best to pick a fight with Ryman every chance she gets - even though she's thought of him constantly over the last two decades.
Even so, if you like your romance with a heavy emphasis on families and Southern small towns, and you don't mind a slow paced read, this book will definitely appeal to you on some level. And truth be told, Ryman is a hunk of a hero, the epitome of the Southern gentleman, which definitely makes up for most, if not all, of Jolene's character flaws.
After a long absence, divorced Ry returns to town with his teenage daughter in tow after the death of his grandpa to tear down the his inheritance - the local hotel and breakfast buffer - and rid himself of the town once and for all. He does not count on anything making him want to stay. Then he runs into Jolene again and the sparks fly as Jolene tries to get him to change his mind about tearing down the hotel and about the bad blood between their families.