“Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful writer if you happen to enjoy wit, talent, charm, and good looks. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is the warmest, wisest, funniest book I’ve read in a month of Sundays."

--Robert Leleux, Editorial Director Domino Magazine and author

of The Memoirs of A Beautiful Boy and

The Living End: A Memoir of Forgiving and Forgetting

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown
 

 
 
 ANECDOTES OF A SOUTHERN BELLE
 
 

 

 
 

       While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said, “Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any. 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun.  To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing. 

 

       With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Candler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms. 

 

     The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt Lottie Mae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama. 

 

       Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church, where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear Gussie, most certainly not to a funeral. 

 

       Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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