Never would I have expected to read and enjoy a Chik Lit book. I usually read Baldacci, Coben, Connelly, and the likes. There is very little likeness between my normal fare and Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes. No cops, no corpses, and no foul play of that sort at all. But I will quickly admit that this is one great read.
Set in the south (a small town in Georgia) and centered around three of the town’s married women. Married and debutantes? That basically is the final part of this funny book. The book is not a laugh a minute nor a riot but it is written so that the pace and the humor quickly overtake the reader.
Eadie Boone is a true southern girl who has won beauty contests and boy friends. She finds that her husband is cheating on her again and rather blatantly at that.
Nita Broadwell, another good southern girl, discovers by accident that her marriage may also be in deep trouble but she is somewhat unwilling to accept the demise.
Lavonne Zibolsky is learning to be southern as she moved south with her husband, who became a partner in a law firm with Nita’s husband. Lavonne is coping with the move but not with the changes in her husband.
They each struggle with their plights in different fashions. Eadie seeks revenge by energetic outpourings; Nita turns to the really steamy romance novels; and Lavonne spoons or shovels every edible delight that she can get a hold of.
The three heroines come together due to being put in charge of an annual office party. The normally sedate affair is turned into a completely different event when this trio gets involved. A highlight is the use of several members of a Jewish Reggae band. Little Moses, the leader of the group, proudly wears a T-shirt that is emblazoned with the words, “Shofar….So Good!”
Even though the employees of the law firm really enjoyed the outing, the partners were more than aghast and very upset with the event.
During the party the trio find out what actually happens on THE hunting trip that their three husbands do each year. For many years the trip out west has been the most looked forward to pastime. When the three ladies find out what happens during this trip they begin to plot a special method of obtaining revenge as they see it.
From there the ladies work on their plot, the men hunt (or try to) and the culmination of all the happenings comes to a head at the annual Kudzu Ball. The law partners and their friends who look upon it as a get together for the lower class in the town have always scorned this yearly event. However, this year’s ball and the coming out of the Kudzu Debutantes include some different participants.
Although this is Cathy Holton’s first novel, I am sure the response to it will be such that she will continue to be successful in her writing. Hopefully there will be more adventures based on her southern exposure.
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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