The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel by Loraine Despres

By Loraine Despres

Belle Cantrell felt in charge approximately killing her husband and she or he hated that. Feeling accountable, that's. a woman cannot do whatever she is going to believe accountable approximately later used to be a rule Belle saved firmly in brain. Welcome to the area of gorgeous, irrepressible Belle Cantrell, years prior to she turns into grandmother to Sissy LeBlanc of Loraine Despres' bestselling The Scandalous summer season of Sissy LeBlanc. it truly is 1920, prohibition is in complete swing, girls are clamoring for the vote -- and within the little city of Gentry, Louisiana, narrow-minded intolerance is at the upward push. despatched to penal complex for swimming in an indecent bathing dress with a gaggle of suffragists, Belle Cantrell understands her habit broke the principles. yet occasionally -- as a rule -- she has to curl the foundations a bit, simply because all of them say an identical factor: "Don't." an attractive, sassy tale of homicide, adultery, romance, bigotry, and standard church attendance, with laugh-out-loud humor and a forged of zany, endearing characters you will not fail to remember, The undesirable habit of Belle Cantrell is a giant comedian love tale . . . and masses extra.

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The two families had been friends ever since they’d put their daughters in first grade. Rachel Rubinstein had taught Belle about books and had seen her through two miscarriages. Abe Rubinstein understood politics, finance, and Southern irony. ” Abe was the one she’d gone to with any question Claude wasn’t interested in or couldn’t answer. It was Abe who’d shown her Th e B a d B e h av i o r o f B e l l e C a n t r e l l 45 how she could make real money in strawberries and had found buyers in Chicago she could trust.

Belle was glad she’d come. She always felt warm and taken care of around Rachel and Abe. Th e B a d B e h av i o r o f B e l l e C a n t r e l l 47 From the living room came the sound of a new record. “There’s someone I want you to meet,” Rachel said. Her face shone with pleasure. A man turned as they entered. Belle had seen pictures of him, taken before the war, but the young man in the officer’s uniform was fit and filled with youthful passion. This man seemed world weary, disillusioned, ruined.

It was the first thing everybody outside her own head saw. It added to the spectacle she was making. A little smile played around the edge of the sheriff’s lips. ” “You don’t have to worry about Communists, George. ” The sheriff held out a chair for her and then went around to sit behind his big cherrywood desk. The office was large and well appointed, as befitted the sheriff and tax collector for the parish. An American flag hung behind him on his right, and on his left was the flag of the Confederacy.

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