Hi! Welcome to Friday! Lots of fun things going on, one of them being a book tour stop with Pepper Phillips. Pepper is the author of The Devil Has Dimples. Pepper has a guest post, and I'm posting a review for the book. I hope you'll leave a comment and let Pepper and I know that you dropped by!
Let's get started with the fun, shall we?
What a true Southern Lady is...
First off, let me warn you that I'm not a true Southern Lady. I'm working on it, but its difficult and I have a long way to go.
I know three.
The first one was so gracious. She died several years ago, but when I think of Southern Lady, she is the first that comes to mind. Her skin had such a glow to it. It seemed like it radiated light, joy, and love. Whenever she would see me, her face would light up, she'd touch my face (you always kiss cheeks in the South), and tell me, "You're so beautiful."
Good grief, I'm starting to cry as I'm writing this. She was so wonderful. I knew I looked awful, and she thought I was beautiful. How can you not love someone like that.
Every word was a compliment. And she wasn't fake about it. She truly believed every word she uttered. All of her grandchildren believed that they were her favorite. Every one.
She went into a nursing home during her final years, and the staff loved her. They would do anything for her. I imagine that she treated them just like she treated everyone in her life. I understand that she had a difficult life, but you'd never know it by being around her.
Her daughter is the second one.
Always dressed nice, her hair fixed to frame her face, she always has a smile. Polite, curious about the person she is speaking to, she always asks questions and wants to know how you are doing, how your family is, what you've been up to...
She has a lot of her mother in her, but she's her own self. Her sisters are the same. Gorgeous lovely Southern women.
The third is her daughter.
She is the woman you would love to hate, but can't. Barbie doll figure. Nice to everyone. Interested in you as a person. Devoted wife and mother. The list goes on. She is the product of her grandmother and mother. And she still believes that her grandmother loved her best. There's not a thing she wouldn't do for you if you would just ask.
What made this generation of women? I haven't a clue. It started with the grandmother. What made her that wonderful woman? Was she like that as a child?
Just think about it. If we could embody graciousness on a daily basis, as a part of who we really are, could we be the woman everyone would want to be around?
As I stated in the beginning, I'm working on myself. I'm Southern by choice, but my Northwestern roots are hard to tame.
Pepper Phillips wrote her first play in the seventh grade. But before that she read every book in her age group at the small local library. An only child, she entertained herself in the worlds she created in her mind. She's still pretty mindless in some respects, but her writing world is where she is the happiest. She ventured into self-publishing in 2011.
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The Devil Has Dimples:
In the Deep South, one of the first questions asked when meeting someone new in a small town is, “Who’s your daddy?” The answer defines you as a person. Not knowing is disheartening.
Sara McLaughlin never knew she was adopted and is stunned to realize that if she wants to find out the questions burning in her brain as to the ‘why’ she was given up at birth, and who her father might be, she has to live in her birth mother’s apartment for the next six weeks.
Grant St. Romain, attorney, is supposed to be helping, but the hunky dimpled devil is making her mind think of other things.
Can she find the truth? Or will she break her heart trying to find out the answers in Boggy Bayou, where many secrets are hidden?
Review: An important thing for some people is to know who they are. But if the truth is kept from you, how can you ever know?
That's the thing Sara, the heroine, faces in this story. She has a bombshell dropped on her and now she has to deal. In a new town, with strange people, this woman yearns to find out the truth at all costs. The Devil Has Dimples is a story about a woman's journey to learning about her roots, and finding love. Written in the first person point of view, Sara's, readers are taken into her life. I was drawn to Sara, I felt her struggles to find out everything she could. And Grant, well, the descriptions of him gave me some wonderful visions.
There are bits and pieces in the story that take readers back to the past, weaving the intrigue strongly. The plot could have been tighter, but over all, the story grabbed my interest.
If you like contemporary romantic fiction, Pepper Phillips puts a lot of heart and emotion into this story. Check it out!