Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd focuses on anecdotes of a woman who is a self-professed Southern Belle. Each chapter is a mini-lesson on what it means to be from the South, and have breeding to spare. Byrd describes such general topics as weddings, Southern do’s and don’ts, worrying too much, and worshiping in the south and Southern churches. She recounts raising her children, her beliefs, concerns, passions and values. It is interesting to read about what was important to her, since the reader will be able to directly relate to each story in one way or another.
The reader will enjoy reading and learning about women from the South, and will learn all about Beauty Pageants, Southern women’s obsession with fashion and Mint Juleps. Although the subject matter is a bit Southern-ly stereotypical, Byrd is an expert at poking fun at herself and relates each incident with grace and charm. I suspect that if she had been at an elegant party telling these stories, she would be the one everyone was listening to the most. I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in hearing stories from the South, and it’s likely to be enjoyed by a general audience of any age.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Olivia deBelle Byrd. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.