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A Dollar Short: The Bottom Dollar Girls Go Hollywood

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  • Posted November 19, 2014

    The ladies of Cayboo Creek, South Carolina are always there to s

    The ladies of Cayboo Creek, South Carolina are always there to support each other, often gathering in the Bottom Dollar Emporium to discuss life and everything happening in their small community.  In book two, sisters, Chiffon and Chenille, are the center of interest.  Never very close as children, and with a mom that was trying to raise beauty queens, they now find themselves thrown together by life's problems.




    Chiffon's husband has gone to Hollywood on a prize that she actually won, but a sick baby kept her at home.  Her sexy, handsome husband finds himself in the arms of a conniving Hollywood starlet, and he's not unhappy to be there.  Added problems come because Chiffon has been left with no money but plenty of unpaid bills.  Then she slips and sprains her ankle at her cafe job.  Nothing to do but call upon her estranged sister to help with her children.




    Conveniently, Chenille has just been fired from her teaching job because of the antics of her classroom helper.  With everything in this small town being the source of gossip, and the media hounding Chiffon, it's up to the help of their friends for each of these women to take control of their lives and find true happiness.




    I thoroughly enjoy these stories.  The woman are all too human. The conversations and situations find truth in great humor and blunt common sense.  The faults and foibles of small town life are wonderfully overrun by the loyalty, friendless, and community compassion found in difficult situations.  Well written characters make me want to become friends with these ladies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Out loud laughter!!

    This Book is a fast, don't want to put it down reader!! The situations these girls come across are hilarious! When you meet them it seem like you've know them all your life. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    Great! Light Reading

    This is the second book in this series that I have gotten my mom as a gift. This book is fun, light-hearted, silly and easy to read. It is an excellent choice to pick up if you just want to take your mind off things for a little while. We both loved it - my mom is 50 and I am a college student!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    A Dollar Short is long on enjoyment!

    This series just keeps getting better. Is it any wonder James Woods (yes, the actor) has optioned the movie rights for the first book (Bet Your Bottom Dollar)? He needs to option this one, too. It's hysterical! The opening line's a killer: It isn't every day a movie star steals your husband. What woman can't identify with that? And if you love your husband, what would you do? Chiffon Butrell knows what she won't do: give philandering husband Lonnie a divorce so he can marry J-Li (short for Janie Lynn Lauren), Hollywood's hottest starlet, opting instead to put on her blinders and dig in her heals. Which is fine if you watch where you're going, but Chiffon's watching the tabloids which have her husband Lonnie and his new love jet setting the globe while Chiffon's stuck in Cayboo, S.C. trying to save face and feed her and Lonnie's three kids. Chiffon trips over Wesson oil and ends up losing her waitress job along with her husband. Her twin sister Chenille comes to the rescue, her Zolof-taking-neurotic dog Walter clutched in her arms. The sisters have as much in common as oil and vinegar, but are soon united in their eforts to ward off the press, preserve Chiffon's by now sullied reputation, and provide for the children's well-being during the mudslinging, Star and National Enquirer-style. The journey to reunite them is fraught with enough laughs to keep you reading long into the night, and laced with enough heart so you don't mind that you did. The story, teaming with pure southern charm, is grit-lit at its finest, the payoff as scurmptious as pecan pie. Serve yourself up a slice. It'll leave you hungry for more.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    amusing rural southern community tale

    In Cayboo Creek, South Carolina, Wagon Wheel waitress Chiffon Butrell wins a video store's Be-a-Movie-Star contest, but cannot go to Hollywood because her baby is ill. Instead her handsome husband Lonnie heads west where he meets actress Janie-Lynn Lauren and forgets his wife and three kids back home. --- Chiffon loses her job and she cannot pay her bills because Lonnie has had his paycheck sent to California. Her friends want to help, but they are distracted with other matters. Elizabeth is about to give birth and the remaining Bottom Dollar Girls sisterhood are busy raising money for the Cayboo Creek Senior Center. Chiffon turns to her estranged sister Chenille to help her with her crisis accentuated by the media descending on Cayboo Creek like vultures seeking dirt on Lonnie. --- The sequel to the BOTTOM DOLLAR GIRLS, A DOLLAR SHORT is a fine look at modern life in a small rural southern community invaded by the outside world. The story line is amusing as the Bottom Dollar sisterhood goes about protecting their own, but also serious with the serious subplot of Lonnie abandoning his children besides his wife. Readers will appreciate this regional slice of life tale especially when the barbarian horde assaults the townsfolk who treat the outsiders like parasites that need special handling. This is one contemporary that is not A DOLLAR SHORT of fun. --- Harriet Klausner

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