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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

Best-selling author Sharon Sala is well known for her spine-tingling thrillers and her sigh-inducing romances - she even has dipped her toes into the pool of young adult novels.

But now she has stepped into the world of Southern fiction, and boy, oh boy, does the lady writer truly shine!  Her latest book, "The Curl Up and Dye," is set in small town Blessings, Georgia and features a quirky but loveable cast of characters and a fast-moving and down-right funny story that is destined to become an instant classic.

About The Book:

"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

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 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

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness, where to begin?  This absolutely charming story features a heroine to root for, a hero to die for, and a town full of folks who sticks their noses into everyone's business - in a good way, of course! 

At the center of this story is the comforting retreat of a beauty shop known as The Curl Up And Dye. Owner Ruby "Sister" Dye and her cohorts keep the ladies (and a few men) of Blessings prettied-up and filled-up with gossip, but when there is someone in need of help, Ruby and the girls are the first ones to jump in to volunteer their advice and assistance.  For years they have had their eyes on LilyAnn Bronte as a prime candidate for a make-over of both her hair and makeup and her love-life. And now that LilyAnn has finally begun to "wake up" after years of mourning the loss of her first love, everyone is cheering her on to find someone to love.  And that someone is Mike Dalton, LilyAnn's next door neighbor and childhood pal. Mike has been waiting patiently for LilyAnn to notice that he has been there for her through thick and thin, but will his patience pay off or will the new guy who has blown into Blessing beat him to claim LilyAnn's hand first? 

I absolutely loved this novel - it has everything you could want in a great Southern fiction novel - fun characters, a great storyline, and the small town community that ties everyone all together.  I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone who loves a great story.

I also highly recommend Sharon's novella, "Color Me Bad," which is the prequel to "The Curl Up And Dye."  It's a great introduction to the folks of Blessings, Georgia!

About The Author:

Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women's Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

Check out her website at www.sharonsala.net for more info on her books and upcoming projects.

My thanks to Sourcebooks for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Beth Hoffman said...

This sounds like a fun read and I'm adding it to my list right now. Thanks for the recommendation, Sharon!