by Karin Gillespie

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BN ID: 2940150407237
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/11/2014
Series: The Bottom Dollar Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 232,365
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Karin Gillespie is national bestselling author of five novels and a humor columnist for Augusta Magazine. Her nonfiction writing had been in the New York Times, The Writer Magazine and Romantic Times. She maintains a website and blog at Sign up for her newsletter on her website, follow her on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook.

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Bet Your Bottom Dollar 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
What a cute book!  I was definitely in the mood for something lighthearted and this book, full of southern charm and wit, was just perfect to float my boat.  Sisterhood, a bit of romance, mixed with some mystery, and huge belly laughs, these ladies of Cayboo Creek, South Caroline grew on me like white on rice.  Ups, beware, reading this book might just change your speech patterns.  Ladies from 20's to 80's meet and work in The Bottom Dollar Emporium, seeking everything from toilet brushes, to old fashioned toys and candies for just a dollar.  It's a place to meet, share a cup of coffee and discuss anything and everything that comes to mind.  Then dreaded news.  A big chain dollar store is coming to town and threatens to outshine and outsell their little gathering place.   Elizabeth, the store manager comes up with a few ideas to save the day.  She's also being set-up to meet a new man after the love of her life broke off their engagement.  Mix that in with some relatives that one might love but would rather keep to one self, and you've got a story that makes for fast and intriguing reading.  This first book in The Bottom Dollar Series was a charmer for me.  I notice that these books come in Audible too, so think I'll try that version for the next book.  The accents should add another flavor to an already fun series!
NanaTammy8 More than 1 year ago
I love the Bottom Dollar girls and I miss them. Its time for a new book! This books was great as all this series is. I love these books and they will stay in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining lighthearted novel. Characters I hated to leave on the final page and written with great wit. Do yourself a favor and curl up with this one. Looking forward to the second book in the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reader's copy and immediately fell under the spell of this new author and her delightful Bottom Dollar Girls. From protagonist Elizabeth Polk, who flunked pin-curling in beauty school, to Attalee Gaines ~ who sports a bumper sticker that says, 'If you don't like my driving, stay off the sidewalk!' on down to Clip, Taffy, and a dog named Maybelline ~ Bet Your Bottom Dollar is a snappy slice of southern fiction that takes you through Cayboo Creek, South Carolina by way of the heart. Don't miss it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Super Saver Dollar chain store plans to open up their latest retail establishment in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina where they will compete with the local business, the Bottom Dollar Emporium. The owner Mavis is stunned by the news that the fastest growing retailer in the southeast is moving into her neighborhood. Most locals figure that the Bottom Dollar Emporoium will soon be history. However, Mavis and her employees Elizabeth and Attalee plan to put up quite a fight.

Though the business is of major concern, the women have other problems to deal with too. Elizabeth can¿t stand her father¿s new wife and her former boyfriend ended their relationship with a note on a Hardee's bag placed under her windshield wiper. Of course Timothy Hollingsworth might be worth a look even if he is a southern Buddhist. Ancient Attalee has some physical problems that keep her up at night. Finally, even with a romance in the air, Elizabeth considers fleeing to her widowed sister in South Dakota, but not before this Davidette goes up against Goliath.

Though limited in action, BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR is an engaging insightful look at the battle between mega superstore chains and mom and pop operations that are changing the landscape. The story line is fun to follow as readers observe the three Bottom Dollar Emporium females struggle with the outside challenges, men, and other ills that make them seem so genuine. Karin Gillepsie furbishes a delightful glimpse into what seems increasingly more like the dinosaur with this fine deep gaze into small town southern living.

Harriet Klausner

debnance on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A perfect book for me today! I dragged alawn chair under a sycamore tree and enjoyed a big glass of cold icedtea while I read all about Elizabeth Polk, manager of the BottomDollar Emporium. Elizabeth's little Southern town is facing the worstcrisis in recent memory; a national chain, the Super Saver DollarStore, is headed into Cayboo Creek, and the town isall, "cattywampus". The plot seems to dribble away at the end, butI'd have enjoyed it just for the fresh Southern similes.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I realized that I just don't like chick lit. Maybe the occassional Marian Keyes book (though if you've read 2, you've read them all) but as a genre, I find the woman neither charming in their ditzyness nor would I want to be them or have them for a friend. So Bet your Bottom Dollar has a 'charming' 'ditzy' southern girl and blah, blah, blah, I started skimming at page 30 and didn't even bother going to the end. My fault. I've got to stop thinking I like this stuff.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 21 days ago
The Super Saver Dollar Store chain is building a new outlet in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina. That news has the ¿Bottom Dollar Girls¿ down in the mouth. Unless a miracle occurs, their new competition will doom the Bottom Dollar Emporium. Owner Mavis Loomis, manager Elizabeth Polk and assistant manager Atalee Gaines know they¿ll have to come up with something to keep the evil chain store at bay or else middle-aged Mavis will end up living with her sister in South Dakota of all places.Meanwhile Elizabeth, the youngest member of the trio, has problems of her own. She learns her ex-fiancé Chip Jenkins is engaged to Jonelle Jasper, the floozie. There goes any chance of Elizabeth and Chip getting back together. Meanwhile, one of the Emporium¿s customers is trying to play matchmaker between Elizabeth and her own grandson, Timothy Cunningham, a shaved-head, robe-wearing Buddhist. But will Tim¿s mother approve of her son ¿ the new head of Hollingsworth, Inc. -- courting the daughter of ¿Insane Dwayne¿ Polk, owner of the Bargain Bonanza?The Bottom Dollars Girls are perfect cozy heroines: plucky, a bit cynical but ready to tackle the world. Bet Your Bottom Dollar is brimming with good humor, and wall-to-wall with eccentric characters. An 80-something widow, Atalee is at the top of the list ¿ grey sausage curls, 1963 Buick Skylark and all.Karin Gillespie, who can¿t seem to help writing ¿funny,¿ has assembled a cast of characters and small-town setting that bode well for a long-lived series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The funny and endearing characters in this book made for an enjoyable read. I am already well into the 2nd book in the series,"A Dollar Short," and I am finding it delightful also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story with likable characters. I plan on reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and even bought the next one. I didn't find it that funny. I have read funnier books. It is quite a small town story a lot of people to get to know and the story drags here and there but I found it good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basic reason I chose to read this author was because of the reviews of this being a laugh out loud book. It wasnt, I never did, didn't even catch myself smiling. But, the story and it's cast of characters drew me in immediately. If I hadn't started the book in the middle of the night I might have finished it in one sitting instead of two. That's how much I loved this book. I am excited, as it is a series, and book #2 can be preordered now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a nice book( hey, it's Henery Press) but the story, albeit a bit predictable if you watch Soap Operas, can be a bit hard to follow. Elizabeth is a late 20-something whose hometown is very predictable.We open with the ending of an engagement, her job is in jeopardy, she figures she'll end up being a crazy cat lady workin' at the Dollar Store. And then, it not only rains it pours. A "liftoff box store" is moving into Cayaboo Creek, a new beau pops up, and thing with her crasy family get weirder and weirder. This is a fun book and a fast read. The characters need some fleshing out so they don't act so stereotypically "redneck". Why Liz doesn't see herself going to college makes me want to shake her, but that feeling does soften enough for me to look for the next book in the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book enroute to rent some movies. Once I started reading, the flow kept on moving and I unfortunately finished it in one day. I enjoyed every minute of it, making me wish I lived in such a town.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good first novel. I read it within one weekend. I felt that I was actually there, in Cayboo Creek.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. You don't have to be a literature professor to understand what this author wanted to pass on to the reader. Great fun, a great read. Can't say enough about it. Try it, you will come away feeling great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A funny and caring story with wonderful characters. Extremely well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in Aiken, S.C., just down the road from Cayboo Creek, I was interested in the local publicity about this book so I stopped at B&N in Augusta to pick it up. It¿s not the kind of book I normally read! If Gillespie and Simon/Schuster intended for this to be a serious study, they failed miserably, but if they intended to provide some light entertainment with interesting characters they did a pretty good job. I recognized my aunt Emma and the crazy furniture store owner who blared over television for years. The story is about kind, gentle people who don¿t have a lot of education, but have a lot of savvy and insight, like so many people that I grew up with. Of course it¿s a farce, but it is a pleasant. caring farce. I don¿t think it is a homerun, but it is a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because it was reccomneded by the Sweet Potato Queen. This is a cute-as-a-button summer reading book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightfully light and funny story for good summer reading. Not deep, not complicated, but very entertaining and extremely well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of fairness to the author, I like more serious fiction and may not be a good judge of commercial work, but if you like fluff this fits the bill. I got sick of all the characters talking like Ellie Mae and Jethro,so I had to skim parts and the story seemed borrowed from other books, but some scenes were funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author doesn't understand the difference between writting lovingly about southern eccentricites and mocking them. She wants you to laugh at the characters (more accurately caricatures) and not with them. We never get a glimpse of the characters inner lives that makes the reader connect with them, and when we do get an inner thought, it is trivial information that makes the character seem stupid or pathetic. No one wants to hang out with country bumpkins, so why would we want to read about them? The author should read Fried Green Tomatoes or Wise Blood to see how to develop quirky characters and write about the south without demeaning them.