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The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

(2005)
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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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Hardback Editions

September 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel
Author(s): Loraine Despres
ISBN: 0-06-051524-4 / 978-0-06-051524-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel
Author(s): Loraine Despres
ISBN: 0-06-051526-0 / 978-0-06-051526-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel
Author(s): Loraine Despres
ISBN: 0-06-083965-1 / 978-0-06-083965-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Audio Editions

September 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell
Author(s): Loraine Despres
ISBN: 0-06-083624-5 / 978-0-06-083624-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell
Author(s): Loraine Despres
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel
Author(s): Loraine Despres
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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