The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres
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It's a steamy June afternoon in Louisiana, circa 1956, and Sissy LeBlanc is sitting on her front porch, wondering -- half seriously -- if she could kill herself with aspirins and Coca-Cola. She's been living in stifling old Gentry since the day she was born and trapped in a sham of a marriage to PeeWee LeBlanc since she was only seventeen. In short, she's fed up, restless, and ready for an adventure.

Sissy just never imagined temptation would come into her life that breathless summer day as she sat smoking on her porch swing. For although she may have been fixated on the taut muscles of the lineman shimmying down the telephone pole across the street, she hadn't allowed herself to imagine that he'd be none other than her high school sweetheart, Parker Davidson, who left town fourteen years before without so much as a wave good-bye. But suddenly, here he is, leaning in for a kiss that will stir up more excitement than Sissy could ever have imagined...


About Loraine Despres

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Loraine Despres is the author of the bestselling novel The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc and its tie-in title, The Southern Belle's Handbook. Raised in Amite, Louisiana, Despres is a former television writer and international screenwriting consultant. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and continues to enjoy bad behavior.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(A detour: Bourrée got her pregnant when she was 16 and took her to a backwoods abortionist, but scared Sissy opted out and married Peewee instead, passing off nasty Chip as his child.) Eventually, Sissy resolves to run away with Parker, but cynical Bourrée tells Peewee everything—and all hell br...

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As if giving in to temptation isn't dangerous enough, two malefactors plot against Sissy: her son, Chip, a scientist wannabe and an incorrigible blackmailer, and her father-in-law, a good ol' boy contemptuous of both Sissy and his son.

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