"Humorous satirical look at small town southern living"
In Hellon, Tennessee, sixty miles or so from Memphis,
Rita Stark owns and operates the Pig Rib Palace. Divorced
from her husband Pernel, whose closet of female attire is
superior to hers, and feeling empty nest syndrome with
their daughter off to school, Rita decides to renovate her
dilapidated restaurant. She hires legendary football hero
Wild Billy West to do the job.
Rita's wacky best friends Cozette Harvey and Jillie
West believe Billy is just the right medicine for Rita to
regain her former confidence as a card carrying Dixie
belle. Though she does not mind wearing the tiara or
holding her head high, Rita struggles with accepting a date
with Billy as her self-esteem remains in the septic tank.
THE DIXIE BELLE'S GUIDE TO LOVE is a humorous satirical
look at small town southern living as depicted in many a
romance novel. Rita is an intriguing lead protagonist who
makes the tale. Though quite amusing, the local dialogue
especially when Cozette and Jillie are on center stage,
disrupts the flow of the plot as the audience struggles to
understand what is being said. Still Luanne Jones provides
her audience with a delightfully jocular hometown romance.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 26, 2002