Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres~★★★

Author: Loraine Despres
Title: The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc
Release Date: October 23rd, 2001
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Southern Fiction

Book Jacket: "Rule Number Forty-eight of The Southern Belle's Handbook might state that 'a proper southern belle never lets on how bored she is,' but it's the summer of 1956 and Sissy LeBlanc simply can't help herself. She's been living in stifling old Gentry, Louisiana, since she was born, and trapped in a sham of a marriage to PeeWee (in the book it's Peewee) LeBlanc-who, to be perfectly honest, makers her skin crawl-since she was only seventeen. In short, she's fed up, restless, and ready for an adventure. Of course she'd never consider cheating on PeeWee, since she vowed back in '41 to remain faithful-but some days she just can't help but pray that some man will come along and lead her into temptation.
Sissy just never expected her prayers to be answered on that breathless summer day as she sat smoking on her porch swing, contemplating suicide by aspirin and Coca-Cola. For although she might have been fixated on the taut muscles of the lineman shimmying down the telephone pole across the street, she hadn't allowed herself to imagine that he'd be none other than her high school sweetheart Parker Davidson! The former football star and toast of Gentry, Parker had left town in a flash fourteen years before without as much as a wave good-bye (not that she could blame him), but now he was back, standing in ther very own kitchen, sipping Cokes over cracked ice and leaning in for a kiss. A kiss Sissy wants to resist but returns with passion-at least until she opens her eyes to see the faces of her three children pressed against the screen door!
A sassy, sexy, and humorous tale featuring a captivating cast of zany characters that leap off the page, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc is a charming romp that shifts back and forth in time to reveal just how Sissy got stuck in Gentry-and how she ultimately breaks out in triumph. Irrepressibly lively and audacious, this highly entertaining novel will resonate in the hearts and minds of readers everywhere.

Taryn's Review: This is the kind of book I like for when I lay a towel out in my backyard to soak up some sun rays. It has drama, it has passion, it has fun, and it has twists. It doesn't however have deep afterthoughts or powerful prose, but that also wasn't it's overall goal.

There are better Southern fiction books out there, but this one was just plain fun to read. Sissy was damn sassy and she had a very hot summer! It wasn't the heat that has her hot, though! I actually liked the book about Sissy's grandmother Belle better (The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell), but Sissy's story was entertaining enough.

Get yourself a good drink, pull up a chair up by the pool (or lay on the beach, but there isn't a beach around here), and let the sun bronze you as you read this book (sunscreen up first!). You'll want to know what happens, so you'll keep reading, but it isn't necessarily something you would think about picking up again...until next summer!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for profiling my book on your excellent blog and mentioning THE BAD BEHAVIOR OF BELLE CANTRELL which you preferred. BAD BELLE did demand more research and touched on more serious themes. Both books took over three years to write and research so the words of a dedicated reader such as yourself means a lot to me.

    Keep on reading,