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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle

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by Olivia deBelle Byrd

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While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess


While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any.  On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun.  To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing.  With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Oliviade Belle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.  The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt LottieMae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama.  Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church,where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral.  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

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“With Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Olivia deBelle Byrd proves that she is the real thing—an authentic Southern Belle with stories galore. I can’t wait to give this hilarious and heartwarming book to all my sweet friends.”
—CASSANDRA KING, author of The Same Sweet Girls

“As a fifth generation Southerner, I thought I knew all there was to know about Southern culture.  However, Olivia deBelle Byrd has taught me a thing or two. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown covers everything from Sunday church, beauty pageants and Northern exposure with humorous insight. This is one that you’ll want to savor with a mint julep!”
—MICHAEL MORRIS, author of A Place Called Wiregrass

“Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful writer if you happen to enjoy wit, talent, charm, and good looks.  Anyone who has ever cracked a grin at the works of Nora Ephron or Fannie Flagg owes it to herself to read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, which is the warmest, wisest, funniest book I’ve read in a month of Sundays. It’s like lunch with your wittiest friends—full of heart, love, and juicy gossip!”
—ROBERT LELEUX, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

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Meet the Author

Olivia deBelle Byrd was born and bred in the South. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and is a Kappa Delta. She resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband Tommy and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth.

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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of short stories and every one of them made me laugh out loud, chuckle or say “yep”. I’ve heard many of the southern phrases and the book had a familiar, comfy feel to it. This is the second time I’ve read this book and it was just as funny as the first time. The author has a way with words and knows the south very well. I wouldn’t even know how to pick a favorite story, the are all my favorites. I plan on keeping this book nearby so that I can pick it up and read a random chapter whenever I need to lighten my mood. Anyone who is looking for a light, feel good read would like this, and I recommend you get a copy.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
A book that will have you laughing from the first page! It’s packed with 41 chapters on a huge variety of topics that you will identify with, from “Christmas Sweaters” and “Mint Juleps” to “Robert Redford” and “Hair.” It’s hilarious, as the above excerpts show! A book that’ll make you lean back to laugh, then exclaim “That’s SO TRUE! But I never thought of it before!” You’ll want all your friends to read it. It’s a great cheer-me-up if you’ve had a long day – just pick it up, flip to any chapter, and find yourself laughing in seconds! I highly recommend it. **Olivia sent me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are truly mine.**
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Book Title: "Miss Hildreth Wore Brown" Author: Olivia deBelle Byrd Published By: Morgan James Publishing Age Recommended: 18 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: I absolutely adore books like this, ones with light-hearted humor, true life happenings that make you smile and laugh out loud and lift your heart. Being a true Southern born and bred woman this book reminded me of my own days as a kid, hearing some of, what I thought then were the silliest bits of advice and anecdotes I'd ever heard. All this only to find out later that the advice and things I was taught growing up were some of the most precious information one could possibly learn. Olvia deBelle Byrd's stories are delightful! They breathe a breath of fresh air into the spirit of the Good Old South, bringing it to life in such vivid detail that you can see the characters she tells us about and makes you wish you had known them too. Some of them actually remind of you people you have known! I have not laughed so long or so hard in a very long time and I truly feel blessed to have been able to read this wonderful bit of literature. It's a short book, one that you can use to fill in those gaps between longer reads, and one that you will want to read over and over again. You also find out you're not the only one that lives a sometimes crazy life! Poor Miss Olivia deBelle... she's had quite the Southern life experience... Bless her heart.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Is it possible to be a Southern Belle without having ever stepped foot in the South? No, I didn't think so, but as I was reading, I saw so much of myself in what Ms. Byrd shared. Each story is short.sometimes VERY short, as in one or two pages long, but no matter how short, she injects humor and charm into each one. Anyone who loves all things Southern, will enjoy it and it's short enough to pick up and enjoy at your leisure. Some of the topics you'll find in this collection: .The whole debate over wearing white after Labor Day (anyone in their right mind knows that it's not done, ever!). .The importance of Chanel No 5, its cost and why you should never tell your husband how much you spend for it. .How having coffee at a coffee gathering is an absolute necessity and not up for discussion. .How Thank You cards have gone to the wayside and why they should make a comeback. Although this is not typically a book I would have sought out on my own, I must say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. So if you love everything Southern or know someone who does, this would be a great little book to pick up.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
This book is full of charming Southern stories that Ms. Byrd has experienced and found amusing. I did laugh many times throughout the many short stories of southern hospitality and manners. It is a perfect book for a quiet Sunday afternoon at home. I felt like I was sitting down across from Ms. Byrd and having coffees with her while she chats away about her life. Funny and entertaining and will have you wishing she would have added more. I have a feeling that she has just scraped the top and there is so much more that can be told.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Anecdotes of a Southern Belle Morgan James Publishing Available Now! 1% of book sales are being donated to Habitat For Humanity ISBN-10: 1600377483 ISBN-13: 978-1600377488 I love the way this book came to be, as the author was repeating some of her stories for the "umpteenth" time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,"Why don't you write this stuff down?" Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown-Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. The anecdotes cover the "Southern Way" of handling everything from funerals, thank notes and the dreaded wearing white after Labor day, all written with the author's true Southern charm. I LIKED IT!!!! It is a truly adorable fast read. A perfect book to pick up if you are having a bad or stressful day because these short little stories are sure to put a smile on your face and help you "escape" from your everyday strife. I do have to mention I was born and raised in the North, a Yankee, oh my, but a lot of the things she talks about happening in the South were part of my upbringing also, so either the etiquette traveled North or we are not as different from each other as we were led to believe. Let's face it every family has at least one "eccentric" relative. So whether you are a woman from the North, West, East or South, you will enjoy this book. It is chock full of humor, sarcasm and wit. You may even catch yourself laughing out loud. This also is definitely one you with friends and family too. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat Weddings 'I woke up the other morning, took one look in the mirror, and went and called my children. "You have to get married. My face is falling. People are going to think I'm the grandmother of the bride/groom instead of the mother, for Pete's sake! Do you really want me walking down the aisle on a walker with oxygen attached?" The last time my son had a girlfriend and met her mother, the first words out of my mouth were, "How old does she look?" Not, is she a nice person or even is she sane? The other day a friend asked me if my son was dating anyone special. "No," I replied, "but I'm down to anyone who's not a hooker." One friend inquired about recovering hookers. I told her I'd have to get back to her on that one. But giving it some thought, people deserve a second chance, don't you think?' This is just the beginning of Olivia deBelle Byrd's feelings on "Weddings" and just the beginning of many other Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. I've had good laughs over her feelings about Victoria's Secret, Robert Redford, Christmas Sweaters and New Neighbors, just to name a few. With both of us coming from the South, I can even relate to what she has to say about most of her topics. And if you aren't from the South then I suggest you read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown very carefully so you will acquire a real understanding for our way of thinking. This book will keep you laughing from beginning to end. I do want to add that I'll have the pleasure of meeting Olivia deBelle Byrd at a book signing coming up in October in Charlotte, NC. I can't wait to meet this funny lady face to face. 2010 Morgan James Publishing 157 pages ISBN# 978-1-60037-748-8 Review Stir, Laugh, Repeat at Amazon.com Stir, Laugh, Repeat
LiteraryLitter More than 1 year ago
I approached this book expecting to find a bunch of fancy, schmancy snobby anecdotes. In the north, sometimes we're left with the impression that a southern belle is just plain prissy! I was expecting a few prissy anecdotes that would make me snort in derision. Surely what would make a southern belle laugh wouldn't be funny to me. I'm neither prissy, nor a diva. I admit it, once again, I was wrong! Byrd writes in such a manner that I was laughing out loud throughout most of the book. The stories she tells are entertaining and funny, as well as down to earth. For me, the enjoyment lay in her writing. It's pure and untamed. She writes exactly what she's thinking and it definitely shines through. Her bright wit and sarcasm show just what an amazing personality she has as a person, which brings the book to life right in your very hands. I strongly suggest this book to every woman out there. Most of it surrounds her place in her family, as parent, wife, daughter. We can all easily identify with Byrd and at the same time learn from her quirky mannerisms. Not only does this book provide an easy hour full of laughter, but several thought-provoking ideas on being a woman in this day and age.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Olivia takes you into her own world and lets you see through her eyes. So much happened in this book and it made a really fun, entertaining read.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd takes us on a laugh out loud trip down south in her charming debut novel. This book is a compilation of 41 short stories with such titles as Possum Queen, We Know Mom's Crazy Rule and Ivana Trump and Asparagus. One of my favorite stories would have to be New Neighbors. The author describes how she had thrown a receipt away and needed to go dig it out of the trash and guess what her new neighbors drive by and all she could do is smile and wave. Well the following week her sister calls and needed the family Christmas menu well you guessed it, that menu was in the trash and so once again she is out digging in the trash, the new neighbors are driving by but this time they stop, and she says to them , "If my husband would give me some money, I wouldn't have to do this!" This is just a sampling of the New Neighbor story it continues until I was laughing my head off. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a funny read, and if your a fan of Southern Humor then your going to love this book. Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this great book to read and review.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
MISS HILDRETH WORE BROWN: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is a relic - and a welcome one at that! Author Olivia deBelle Byrd charmingly details moments in Southern etiquette that span memory of childhood and the manners taught for generations and then compares those with incidents she encounters today - incidents that simply do not fall under the good upbringing of Southern belles - or their children...... Her writing style is smart, to the point, and oh so intimidating as when observes behaviors or modern customs that 'won't do' or do not fit into the pattern of the gentility of the South. This is by no means a scolding book: Bryd makes fun of her own ideas and upbringing and shares many stories that are laugh out loud funny. And she knows how to use that snide wit in more subtle ways, too. But the overall feeling after reading this short book of anecdotes is how far we have slipped in our consideration of common courtesy and proper manners - not only in the South but also across the country. Topics like not writing thank you notes will sting the readers who not only have ceased this bit of civility but also make them reflect on the training they have passed on to their own children. Byrd entertains us, yes, but she also is a fine watchdog for reminding us (in her own gentle Southern fashion) just what well-bred folks are forgetting. Emily Post would approve - and probably chuckle, too! Grady Harp