Saturday, August 16, 2008
My review of Haywood Smith's Wedding Belles was published in the August 15 issue of Library Journal. The review is reprinted here, with permission.
Smith, Haywood. Wedding Belles. St. Martin's. Sept. 2008. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-312-32973-0. $24.95. F
Smith finishes her "Red Hat Club" trilogy (The Red Hat Club; The Red Hat Club Rides Again), reuniting narrator Georgia Baker with her four best friends, women who meet monthly at Atlanta's Swan Coach House Restaurant to celebrate life. They support one another, cheer for one another, and help each other through the good and bad. This time, Georgia is the one who needs help; her brilliant 28-year-old daughter has announced her intentions of becoming the third wife of her father's best friend from college, "Wild Man" Wade. Georgia, a true drama queen, has a detective investigate her future son-in-law's past. What could go wrong during all the parties, snooping, and a wedding with a groom older than his mother-in-law? Smith's latest, filled with humor, a few tears, and some prayers, will delight her fans. The warm, satisfying story will also find new readers, who can easily catch up with Georgia and her friends. This enjoyable book is recommended for all public libraries. - Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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