Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala

Those were the best days of her life...

"Poor LilyAnn," the local ladies lament. "She sure is stuck in the past."

Eleven years ago, LilyAnn Bronte was the Peachy-Keen Queen of Blessings, Georgia—the prettiest, smartest, and most popular girl in town, going steady with the star quarterback, a high school career on the fast track to success. Then Randy Joe was killed in Iraq, and somehow LilyAnn just let herself go to seed.

Ruby, Mabel Jean, Vera, and Vesta of the Curl Up and Dye have been itching to give LilyAnn a makeover, but she knows it would make more than a new hairstyle for her to get her life back.

Until one fateful day, when a handsome stranger roars into town, and LilyAnn has a revelation.

When I began the lighthearted The Curl Up and Dye, I didn't expect for a minor character to have such a negative impact.  It was a little distracting to see this person snap and watch things spiral out of control quickly. 

That being said, Blessings, Georgia is a quirky little town, and Ruby, owner of the Curl Up and Dye, has her foot in every piece of gossip floating around.  Ruby decides to help LilyAnn and Mike realize that they love each other after side by side their entire lives.  Thankfully, she's successful, though it does take that minor character to push finally LilyAnn and Mike together. 

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Curl Up and Dye.)

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