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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Best of the trilogy

If you could sum up Sleigh Belles in three words, what would they be?

Genuine fun deep

What other book might you compare Sleigh Belles to and why?

None comes to mind

Which scene was your favorite?

Dallas' third person point of view thoughts throughout the book as she heals and let's go.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Southern girl gets her man

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Liked it very much.

I'd love to hear more books about the Sassy Belles. It was entertaining and well written. I'd definitely read more from this author.

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Another Great Sassy Belle Book

When I started this I thought there is no way I will ever like Dallas the main character after the first two books. I did by the end. I love this series and wish there were more in it. I love all the characters in the series.

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Story just not my cup of tea!

What made the experience of listening to Sleigh Belles the most enjoyable?

I didn't finish it I didn't care for the story

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure but something completely different

What about Allison McLemore’s performance did you like?

No comment her performance was fine I just don't care for the story

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I don't believe it was bad at all I just didn't care for it!

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Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sleigh Belles to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I love the entire story line, can't wait for another one to come out!

Which character – as performed by Allison McLemore – was your favorite?

Vivi

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

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Cute

Quick, cute read for the holidays. Yes, it's predictable, but it's exactly what I was looking for. Definitely worth the read.

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 04-06-15

Making it up as she goes along..........

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.

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A Sweet Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Sleigh Belles to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audible edition. The narration was very well done.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the character was revealed to the audience and the hero and how she came to understand herself at the end.

What does Allison McLemore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Alison was able to put emphasis on the emotion with her voice. Great job!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at times and wanted to call the main character a bad name, especially in the beginning. She seemed so cold and sterile.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 01-19-15

The healing power of forgiveness

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.