Monday, January 27, 2014

The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala

The Curl Up and DyeBook Description:

A brand new Southern women's fiction from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala who has 1.5 million books sold.

Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was the epitome of success. After losing her fiance in the war in Iraq, her zest for life went into decline while added weight crept on. When a new guy arrives in town, LilyAnn embarks on a quest to remake herself from start to finish only to discover that love was always just right next-door.


My Thoughts:
This was a good one!  When her fiance was killed in Iraq, LilyAnn let herself go.  She didn't take care of herself, her hair, her clothes...nothing!  When a new guy comes to town and LilyAnn is attracted to him, she decides to change all that.  Mike has always been a friend, even at the worst of times.  He has always loved her but if he doesn't step up his game, he realizes he may lose her forever.
I want a neighbor like Mike!  He is buff, caring, attentive...just wow!  I liked how he didn't let LilyAnn get away with putting herself down.  LilyAnn was a good character.  She was a bit dense, especially not seeing how Mike loved her, but as they say 'love is blind'.  Mike noticing all the changes to LilyAnn should have been a big clue for her, but it goes to show how we put people in certain categories and just leave them there.  He was protective of her and wasn't fooled by the new guy in town!  Good, sweet story.
This was a 4/5.  It was a good book that I will read again.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

31 comments:

  1. Love the title of this one. It also sounds like a book I would very much like to read.

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  2. This seems to be a really nice read - it has a shade of realistic scenarios to it too which is always nice.

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  3. Haha, LOVE the title of this book!! Sounds like a fun beach read!

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  4. This sounds like a book I would truly enjoy! I love sweet love stories like this!

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  5. It does sound like a sweet story!

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  6. This sounds like a sweet feel-good story for sure! (My favorite kind!)

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  7. Appreciate your review! Sounds fun. Thanks,

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  8. This sounds like a fun and easy read! Great review. My tbr list is getting sooo long-but looks like it just got a little longer.

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  9. Sounds like the perfect good feel book in time for valentines!

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  10. Ha! We have a beauty shop near us called The Curl Up and Die Salon. This sounds like a fun read.

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  11. This sounds like a great read. I am sure many women can relate to this book, especially ones who are widowed.

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  12. Sounds like a great book, and like it is very realistic too! I will have to get a copy, thanks!

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  13. I would love to read this book. It sounds like it has a great story line. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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  14. Sounds like a great read. The title is awesome! I like that Mike was there for her and didn't let her put herself down.

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  15. Sounds like a beautiful story, something I would enjoy reading! Have to check out this book for sure!

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  16. I bet this is a good book but it hits too close to home for me. I am afraid it would just bring up too many painful memories.

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  17. this sounds like a really good story to read adding to my list

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  18. I love the storyline and the title is fitting too. It tells a charming story that made me smile. Now this is a book I'd read.
    Eliz

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  19. Sounds like a really great read. Unfortunately I know a few people like that who just let themselves go after a while. Mike does sound like a winner!

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  20. I think I read this one, not sure but it sounds so familiar! I am afraid I let myself go sometimes. I get so focused on taking care of the kids and so forth that I forget about myself. I like the plot of this book, gonna see if I read it

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  21. Great review sounds like a really great book to read.

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  22. I think if I was single, I'd want a neighbor like Mike too! This sounds great! I'm adding to my list! Thanks!

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  23. Jotting it down as we speak. This totally sounds like a book up my alley for sure. Thank you. I'm so curious about what's all going to happen in that story now.

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  24. I'm not a fiction reader but this sounds like a really great story that I'd enjoy if I was!

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  25. If her writing is as witty as the title, it sounds like it is worth a read!

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  26. This sounds like a cute read, especially around Valentine's Day. I like the quirky title too :)

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  27. I've heard many great things about Sharon Sala. I'll have to check this one out, love the fun title!

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  28. Sounds like there's love in the air between two neighbors. Cute story!

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  29. LilyAnn sounds like a great character. It's great to have good neighbors especially those who really cares.

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  30. Perfect book to curl up with!!!

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  31. The content in this book reminds me of the Southern Belles in Steel Magnolias.

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