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BOOK REVIEW: THE BAD BEHAVIOR OF BELLE CANTRELL
BY LORAINE DESPRES

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It was very hard for Belle Cantrell to maintain the type of behavior expected of a proper Southern lady. There were certain things expected of women in the South during this time period and Belle paid absolutely no attention to these rules.

One of the incidents that really got Belle into trouble was the night she decided to "go for a swim". Belle attended a meeting and the speaker was a person who went to jail with Alice Paul. Alice had gone to jail for petitioning President Wilson for the right to vote. She stood at the White House and held a banner demanding suffrage. The police believed she was obstructing traffic and sent her to jail. After the speaker told the crowd about the deplorable conditions in jail everything just seemed to go wild. Belle led the way and they all jumped into Lake Pontchartrain. This was a "no" "no" for decent women!

Belle's husband, Claude, was killed in a fight. Belle was told that he died trying to defend her honor. Belle felt guilty about killing her husband and she did not like this feeling.

It seems like no matter what Belle does it just isn't right. However, Belle has a different feeling about what she does. She wants to prove once and for all that what she is doing is right and she is doing it for the purpose of helping all women in the future.

What happens to Belle Cantrell? Does she manage to stay out of trouble?

The author has created a very likeable character in Belle Cantrell. You will want to be on her side and almost help her through everything she is doing wrong but at the same time give her encouragement to keep on doing it. As you read through this book, it will also make you ponder about some of the things that really happened during this period of time. This is a fast read which includes some humor and one that you will find very enjoyable. Be sure to add this one to your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON



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