Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. The Booketeria provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Cissy Hillwood is an upbeat, “boy crazy” Southern gal and newbie to New York City who talks too much–and she knows it–but her determination to keep learning and growing as a person, in spite of the lingering sting of her past mistakes, makes her a likable heroine. The simple faith she shares with her new friend Charlene, the way they easily pray together, is nice to see.
Cissy’s friendship with Dave is also a pleasant touch, though for a while, the development of their platonic relationship essentially outshines the development of Cissy’s romance with Tom, as it’s some time before there’s much of anything between Cissy and Tom besides her regularly reflecting on how good-looking he is and the way he looks at her. There are places in the middle of the novel where the story seems to idle a bit too long in one spot or to rehash the same information instead of moving forward to new thoughts or events, but perhaps this is meant to give the pacing an unrushed feel.
Overall, Dixie Belle is a fun read with a refreshing mix of faith, and I’m keeping my eyes open for the second book in the Uptown Belles series.