In Beth Albright's third installment of her Sassy Belles series, the holidays cause the heart of ever-polished "Ice Queen" Dallas Dubois to thaw. No one can be that perfect or that manicured, and in this audiobook Albright softens the harsh veneer of one of her sassiest characters.
Christmas in the South is all about family, and actress Allison McLemore can voice each eccentric member of the cast with humor, sympathy, and style worthy of an Alabama native.
Albright came to her storytelling skills honestly as a journalism major (at the University of Alabama of course) and through nearly 15 years in talk radio. And perhaps the author learned a little something about interpersonal drama through her long-time role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Join the Sassy Belles this holiday season - it's Christmas, Southern-style!
With her hair perfectly coiffed, nails freshly manicured and a heavy trail of perfume wafting behind her, local news reporter Dallas Dubois is sure she's about to kick her career - and maybe her love life - into high gear. The director of the Tuscaloosa children's Christmas play has fallen ill, and Dallas is ordered by her station manager to take the reins. Everyone is shocked - especially Cal Hollingsworth, who still remembers her as the Ice Queen from high school.
If nothing else, Dallas has never met a challenge that a little lip gloss and a Chanel knockoff couldn't fix. But she has no idea how to relate to these kids, and their brutal honesty is giving her pause. Things are made even more complicated by the butterflies she gets whenever Cal is near. But when long-lost family members reenter her life, Dallas's icy veneer begins to melt. And with Cal by her side, she soon realizes that it's what's under all the hair spray that counts.
Sexy Southern fun…with a hint of magnolia!
©2013 Beth Albright (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Genuine fun deep
None comes to mind
Dallas' third person point of view thoughts throughout the book as she heals and let's go.
Southern girl gets her man
I like Dallas the most. She is likeable and real. I did not like Vivian from a Wedding Belles and Blake is nasty and stuck up.
I didn't read the print version
I love the entire story line, can't wait for another one to come out!
There were so many things in this book that I felt like were just thrown in for the heck of it. Like the fact that we learn a lot about Dallas and then almost halfway through the book, the author throws in - BTW, Dallas was married three times. The book would have been perfectly fine without that because Cal doesn't even mention the fact that Dallas has been married three times. Surely that is something a couple would at least discuss.
I can't say that I would really recommend this book. The narrator was just okay and the book wasn't that great. Not worth the credit.
I enjoyed the audible edition. The narration was very well done.
I liked how the character was revealed to the audience and the hero and how she came to understand herself at the end.
Alison was able to put emphasis on the emotion with her voice. Great job!
I laughed at times and wanted to call the main character a bad name, especially in the beginning. She seemed so cold and sterile.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This book actually has a very good and powerful message, that you need to forgive in order to heal your heart and be truly happy. That's the process that our heroine went through. It was not easy for her to let go of all the pain and heartache her family put her through but at the end she let go of the past and was able to find the love and acceptance she always needed. That said the story feels long at times and I was able to finish it by increasing the narration speed. It's and ok story but it should have been shorter.
The love story is nice and mild. The Christmas theme goes on throughout the whole story. The narration is adequate and the southern accent was done correctly.
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