Image of Sleigh Belles (Sassy Belles)


Image of Sleigh Belles (Sassy Belles)

The Sassy Belles are at it again and proving that nobody can do a Southern Christmas quite like them. Comparatively, Sleigh Belles is more on the chick-lit side, as the mystery element from the first two installments is noticeably absent. It’s a great read with great characterization of strong Southern women, sassy wit and nice attention to scenery and local detail. Loaded with charm, per usual, Sleigh Belles is a rollicking good time.

Polished and poised local news reporter Dallas Dubois has just been assigned the task of directing the Tuscaloosa children’s Christmas play — much to her displeasure. Thrown off balance, Dallas doesn’t know how to relate to kids and is struggling in the role. Adding to her apprehension is Cal Hollingsworth, the play’s sound director and a longtime secret crush. Going off prior knowledge, Cal mistakenly thinks the worst of the pampered Southern belle, but with time he comes to see her softer side. As new familial revelations are made, will Dallas realize that family, community and love are the real ingredients for a Southern Christmas? (MIRA, Oct., 336 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch