Delta Belles

Delta Belles

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The author of "Circle of Grace" hits all the right notes in this uplifting novel about the reunion of the Delta Belles, a music group that takes the country by storm in the 1960s.
The year is 1965 and the Spring Fling Talent Show is in the works at the Mississippi College for Women, a proper Southern institution. As a joke, Delta Ballou puts the names of her three best friends on the list of performers. Rising to the challenge, they agree to sing and even convince Delta to join them. Rae Dawn DuChamp plays the piano and weaves harmonies in a smoky contralto. Lacy Cantrell masters the basic guitar chords, and her twin sister, Lauren, contributes a pleasing voice. They call themselves the Delta Belles and win the talent show hands-down.
What started as a lark turns into an exciting adventure. The Delta Belles perform at protests and voter registration rallies across the country. As graduation draws near, all the Delta Belles seem poised for bright futures.
Twenty-five years later, Delta, recently widowed and angry at God, is asked to get the Belles together to perform at their college reunion. Lacy and Lauren haven't spoken to each other in years, and Rae Dawn has been beset by overwhelming losses. Their reunion turns out to be much more than an opportunity to relive the past. As the old friends reconnect, they come to a new understanding of the meaning and value of their lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 132.1 x 198.1 x 22.9mm | 272.15g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767921259
  • 9780767921251
  • 1,571,977

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Advance Praise for "Delta Belles
"In a world of cotton-candy religiosity, where sweetness is valued over substance, Penelope Stokes is a bright beacon. Her stories touch the heart, engage the brain, and expand the spirit."
--Philip Gulley, author of the "Harmony series
"Sing me a song of enduring friendship, of women bound deeply to each other. Sing me a song of hope and survival, of loss and disappointment, of forgiveness and a sweet reunion. Sing me a song I will treasure. Sing me "Delta Belles."
--Lynne Hinton, author of "The Arms of God and "Hope Springs
Praise for "Circle of Grace
"A beautiful novel of dreams gone awry, truths forsaken, and the blessings and redemptive power of women's friendships. The dialogue is fast-paced, intelligent, and heartwrenchingly honest. The writing is clear and concise and speaks to the truths of our connection to the universe and to who we really are."
--Joan Medlicott, author of "The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love and "The Spirit of Covington
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About Penelope J Stokes

penelope j. stokes is the author of eleven novels, including "Circle of Grace." She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and has taught college level writing and literature. She lives in Danbury, Connecticut.
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265 ratings
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4 34% (91)
3 35% (93)
2 12% (32)
1 4% (10)
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