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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loraine Despres Narrator: Zoe Thomas Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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Belle Cantrell felt guilty about killing her husband and she hated that. Feeling guilty, that is. A lady shouldn't do something she's going to feel guilty about later, was a rule Belle kept firmly in mind.

So begins The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell, a story of murder, adultery, and regular church attendance, which introduces Belle Cantrell as a beautiful young widow with a rebellious streak, years before she will become grandmother to Sissy LeBlanc, the feisty main character of Loraine Despres's bestselling The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc.

The year is 1920, prohibition is in full swing, women are clamoring for the vote, and a narrow-minded intolerance is on the rise. Life isn't easy for an unmarried woman, not in a little town like Gentry, Louisiana, especially after she's sent to jail for swimming in an indecent bathing costume with a group of suffragists.

It's not as if Belle doesn't know how to behave. She knows the rules. She keeps the Primer of Propriety firmly in mind. But sometimes, most of the time, she has to twist the rules a little, or break them, or give them a permanent kink, because they all say the same thing: Don't.

And a girl has got to live.

After a year and a half of mourning, Belle decides to get on with her life and kicks off a season of tumult that will change her and Gentry forever.

Sexy, sassy, with laugh-out-loud humor and a cast of zany characters you won't forget, The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell is a big comic love story and a page-turner. But it delves deeper, as Belle struggles to find her moral center and stand up to forces that are determined to destroy the soul of a town and the people she loves.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit★ | 2/20/2014

    " This book was on my wishlist for years, ever since I read The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc maybe like 5 or 6 years ago. So when I found a copy on one of my usual Goodwill ventures, I was psyched! And it was a brand-new looking hardback too. Even better as I'm a fool for a hardback, especially for books I plan on hanging on to. The time finally felt right to read this book, and I dove right in. I was hooked from that quirky beginning. I immediately liked Belle as a character, she was totally relatable, and made me laugh. I could feel for her when she was down too. I never stopped rooting for her, even when she did silly things. And I can say I'm damn sure glad that the women back then went through the things they did to ensure the equal treatment and the rights I have today. I wasn't expecting to really learn anything about that with this book, and was pleasantly surprised. I think it helped give the story even more depth and impact. In fact, it wasn't the only weighty issue in this story. And I loved it. I went in thinking it was going to be a light, fluffy romp with some comedy and mischief, but I came away feeling like I had seen a moment in time in a real small town, good and bad. I even liked Miss Effie by the end, when in the beginning I didn't like the old battle-ax at all. All the characters interested me though, the Rubinsteins and Rafe especially. Man, I would've hated being back then, everyone in town all up in my business about who I'm dating, who I'm hanging out with, telling me I can't have the most excellent farm manager in the county because of his race, telling me I can't date a guy who's a different religion, all up in my business if I get a damn haircut! Sheesh. Poor Belle, no wonder she wanted to be rebellious at times. I was interested in Claude too, I was actually sad he died so soon, I wanted to see more of him lol. But I liked Rafe, and I liked their relationship, how she kinda earned to live a little. Oh man, but Bouree, while it was intriguing to see him, he made me so mad! What an ass, I would've shot him probably. Even though I got frustrated at Belle's place in the time period, I still found it awesome to see the story set in this era. I can count the number of stories I've read in this time period probably on a finger or two, so I loved it. The emergence of the modern warring with the old-fashioned ways, the atmosphere of something new coming over the horizon... Even though technically I know the Depression was coming, I still could feel that excitement of a new day when the vote to ratify womens' voting was announced there at the party. It was also the small glimpses into the family life back then, seeing Cady and Nina dealing with teenage things that don't seem too different than nowadays (minus all the nonstop in-your-face social networking and crap). The family dinners, the work on the farm. It was good. The slower pace of things back then was nice too. I want to learn more about the era now, I have a craving to start looking stuff up. There was even some action towards the end, the showdown moment, with the townsfolk on both sides, the anger-inducing way the Rubinsteins were being treated... it kinda got my heart going, I was worried, lol. It was a good ending, even if it was sort of open ended and not necessarily the expected HEA. I have a craving to give Sissy LeBlanc a re-read now that I know Belle's story. I remember the basic outline of what happened, but all the fascinating little details have faded with time. Seriously thinking about digging it out and going for it, though I know I've got like 200 books on the ol' TBR mountain... So, we'll see. Really tempted though... So glad I found this book. I'm really hoping the author comes out with another story of some sort, I really like the style, the way she gets me right into the characters and the town. Not necessarily even a story related to the other two, just a new story would be cool, I hope it happens one day :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florence Csage | 2/16/2014

    " Guess I would rate this book as O.K. Takes place in the 1920 Era--women getting the right to vote and the Ku Klux Klan in the south. The main character, Belle's guilt over her husband's death and wanting to move on with her life. The main reason I finished the book was because a friend shared it with me and I wanted to tell her I did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendell | 2/11/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 2/6/2014

    " I liked this more than "The Help" which also dealt with racism in the South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/5/2014

    " Oh my goodness, this book is awesomely written! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Schaefer | 2/2/2014

    " I wanted to love this book really i did. But the sappy overtones seemed to overwhelm the quirky storytelling techniques more often than not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgette | 1/21/2014

    " I actually didn't think I'd like this book. It took me FOREVER to pick it up and start reading it because I was scared I'd hate it. It was actually a very easy read about a 33 year old woman during women's suffrage in the United States and her feelings and thoughts towards discrimination. Belle is not your typical southern woman in the 1920's. Pretty good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/21/2014

    " I am not sure that this book would be accurately described as chick-lit but as I think women will enjoy it more than men I guess it works. I really enjoyed this book. The main character is interesting and spunky. This book has a little bit of everything from romance to dealing with social issues in the south at the beginning of the last century. I especially enjoyed the characters involvement in the women's suffragette movement. Definetely pick up this book if you have time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/11/2014

    " I really wish there were 1/2 stars. This is a 3.5. Fun, fast, beach read that will keep you entertained. The philosophies are humorous and sometimes so true. A good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/28/2013

    " A fun, quick read by the pool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/25/2013

    " a light read, I was done in two nights! I always like fiction with historical settings, and found this interesting. It's set in the South during prohibition at a time when women were fighting for the vote and race/heritage an issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Schacht | 11/29/2013

    " This was an okay book - a light read, but not great - About a woman finding herself during the time wqqhen women were fighting for the right to vote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 11/28/2013

    " I'd love to have loved this as much as I loved Sissy's book but it just wasn't qiite there for me. Still fun and a good read. A solid 3.5 for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/18/2013

    " I think I've found a new favorite Southern author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Taylor | 11/15/2013

    " Funny, thought-provoking and a strong female character period piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 11/7/2013

    " Didn't know what to expect but loved the Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc. Belle Cantrell's best friend from the first page! Refreshing to read about such a free spirit in the South so long ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/17/2013

    " Not as entertainling as Sissy LeBlanc the "first" book in the series (well this book is a prequel). This is still a fun chick lit book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 8/21/2013

    " Read after Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Hutto | 2/22/2013

    " I alternated between laughing and crying...can't wait to read Ms. Despres' other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 12/5/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as a change from some of the "heavier" reading I have been doing lately. The book was definitely an easy read...a good beach read. The setting is Louisiana in the 1920s but I am not sure how historically accurate it is. Overall very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 10/22/2012

    " I did not like this book nearly as much as I liked Sissy LeBlanc. It focused on time period specific events and included a love story, but I think that there was too much going on for the reader to be connected with any of the particular events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 9/30/2012

    " Althought this is historical fiction (1920 in a small Louisiana town), it's a fast, light, funny, good summertime read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/24/2012

    " A southern's woman's life pushing the limits set in the 1920s "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 3/5/2012

    " I found myself on Bell's side encouraging all those bad behaviors. lol Once about half way through I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 2/23/2012

    " I could hardly put this one down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brookezeisel2 | 2/5/2012

    " I didn't think this book was as good as the book about Sissy LeBlanc. I enjoy this author's writing style and her character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 aksnowbunny Proden | 1/29/2012

    " miss belle cantrell is an independent and fun-loving woman, but the rest of the story is somewhat boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/24/2011

    " Fun, cute, quick and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/21/2011

    " Belle reminds me of my grandmother and my great grandmother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joelle | 7/9/2011

    " This a an amusing and light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/25/2011

    " Perfect book to take you back in time and feel at home at the same time.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/21/2010

    " Wonderful book. Really interesting for a women from the south and for anyone who is currently watching Empire Boardwalk. Deals with the Klan and women getting the right to vote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/22/2010

    " A fun, quick read by the pool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carah | 7/22/2010

    " I liked Belle Cantrell a lot! She was a very plucky heroine, and managed to change lives in her little town by doggedly (and charmingly!) following her moral values.

    A fun novel, this is a good one to entertain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 7/14/2010

    " Althought this is historical fiction (1920 in a small Louisiana town), it's a fast, light, funny, good summertime read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/9/2010

    " A southern's woman's life pushing the limits set in the 1920s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/13/2009

    " i loved this book...it helped shape my views..of how a southern girl should acted...belle was jus so fun...and i loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emaly | 9/10/2009

    " The characters in this book had a lot of life in them. It was a marked improvement over the author's other book, where the characters were depressed throughout the novel. "

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