“Curl Up and Dye” so much more than a love story

curlupanddyeCurl Up and Dye
By Sharon Sala
Sourcebooks, Inc., 2013
ISBN: 9781402283963
Price: $14.99

Publisher’s Synopsis: A brand new Southern women’s fiction from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala who has 1.5 million books sold.
Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was the epitome of success. After losing her fiancé in the war in Iraq, her zest for life went into decline while added weight crept on. When a new guy arrives in town, LilyAnn embarks on a quest to remake herself from start to finish only to discover that love was always just right next-door.

My Take: A lot of popular authors are venturing into new genres, and the results have been mixed. In a departure from her usual type of pure romance, Sharon Sala has written a book in which the romance is not the centerpiece of the story. The romance accompanies a deeper story about LilyAnn’s emotional growth. Sala’s usual romances spotlighted little more than the two main characters, but in Curl Up and Dye, she expands on the cast of characters, revealing their complexities and creating a thoughtful insight into depression, grief, and letting go. She still adds the romance, it’s just a more enjoyable journey. This is a well-written book. If you are looking for more than escapism, you will enjoy LilyAnn’s quest to find herself and love.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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