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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Flying High with the Texas Star and the Darling Dahlias in Alabama, 1930

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas StarThe Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star by Susan Wittig Albert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lily Dare, the sexy, glamourous, scheming, barnstorming pilot and star of the DareDevils team arrives in Darling as the special event of the annual Watermelon Festival. She churns up all kinds of mischief, including marital discord between the Kilgores. As if that weren't enough of a problem for the Dahlias and the other folks in Darling, Euphonia, queen of the meringue pies and master cook at the Darling Diner, has joined her sister Jubilation cooking in a juke joint over in Maysville, the black neighborhood. Not only does her absence severely cut back on the wonderful variety of the Diner's menu and the resulting drop in lunch/dinner customers, but also it leaves Violet and Myra May severely short-handed for the preparation of food at Mildred Kilgore's big do during the Festival.

Add to these widely problematic scenarios, the relationships between Charlie Dickens and the mysterious millener, Fannie and Lizzy's on/off involvement with Grady and you have a lively romp for the week-end in Darling, Alabama. Enjoy the air show and the watermelon, y'all!

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