The Dixie Belle's Guide To Love Book Summary and Study Guide

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Avon, Mar 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0380819341

    In Hellon, Tennessee, sixty miles or so from Memphis, Rita Stark owns and operates the Pig Rib Palace. Divorced from her husband Pernel, whose closet of female attire is superior to hers, and feeling empty nest syndrome with their daughter off to school, Rita decides to renovate her dilapidated restaurant. She hires legendary football hero Wild Billy West to do the job.
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    Rita's wacky best friends Cozette Harvey and Jillie West believe Billy is just the right medicine for Rita to regain her former confidence as a card carrying Dixie belle. Though she does not mind wearing the tiara or holding her head high, Rita struggles with accepting a date with Billy as her self-esteem remains in the septic tank.

    THE DIXIE BELLE'S GUIDE TO LOVE is a humorous satirical look at small town southern living as depicted in many a romance novel. Rita is an intriguing lead protagonist who makes the tale. Though quite amusing, the local dialogue especially when Cozette and Jillie are on center stage, disrupts the flow of the plot as the audience struggles to understand what is being said. Still Luanne Jones provides her audience with a delightfully jocular hometown romance.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working at a business Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover Matchmake, (will/family)    -   Yes Matchmaker...    -   matchmake by friend

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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