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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156252805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156252805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #771,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved this book... If you haven't picked up Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle and Breakfast in Bed what are you waiting for?! (Randi Randi Romance Reader 20091012)

Readers will be absolutely delighted with the witty dialogue and klutzy scenes that are fast-paced and laugh out loud funny. Reviewer Top Pick! (Priscilla Night Owl Romance 20091012)

With snappy dialogue, complex characters and an intricate web of relationships, Kaye has created an extended family that's both honest and enjoyable. 4/5 Stars! (Whitney Kate Sullivan The Romantic Times 20091021)

A fun and sexy romp from beginning to end... The chemistry leaps off the page. (Affaire de Coeur 20091026)

The characters were vivid and fun, and the banter was playful and witty. (Ashley Lee Bellas Novella 20091109)

The story's fast pace, the exciting twists and turns, kept my eyes glued to the pages. (Angela Arno Romance Reader at Heart 20091130)

A cute, fun read. (Katie Mack All About Romance 20091130)

Ms. Kaye's humor shines from the start... another fascinating look at the Ronaldi family and their friends that provided me with hours of enjoyment. (The Long and Short of It 20091218)

Sweet, kind, funny and sexy-as-hell. (Holly The Book Binge 20091223)

Next time you are looking for a good book to read, pick up a copy of Breakfast in Bed. You won't be sorry. (Cheryl Koch Cheryl's Book Nook 20100108)

Ms. Kaye's characters are engaging and charming and I want to know more about them. (Sandy Marlow The Good, the Bad and the Unread 20100108)

Robin Kaye had me laughing out loud ... deliciously enchanting. (Audrey Salick Drey's Library 20100108)

Cute, funny and incredibly sexy! (Becky Workman My Thoughts... Your Thoughts 20100108)

Funny, hot, sexy, sweet, touching and emotional. (Leslie Gladnick Leslie's Psyche 20100108)

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book... ingenious and forward thinking. (Grace Loiacano Books Like Breathing 20100108)

Robin Kaye has been a lovely addition to the contemporary genre and after reading all three books in the series, a solid auto buy for me. (Cindy Watson Cindy Reads Romance 20100108)

A smart, witty, romantic and completely satisfying contemporary romance (Martina Bexte Book Loons 20100108)

Very hot love scenes... fun, romantic. (Mandi Schriener Smexy Books 20100115)

Breakfast in Bed will charm, delight and satisfy; yet another stunning release from Robin Kaye. (Bobbie Crawford-McCoy Book Reviews by Bobbie 20100115)

A light, fast and romantic read. (Gaby Lupus Starting Fresh 20100118)

A quick, lightly steamy read that I recommend to all romance lovers. (Monie Garcia Reading Time with Monie 20100118)

If you haven't pick up Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle and Breakfast in Bed what are you waiting for!! (Randi Noonan Randi Romance Reads 20100119)

The dialogue was sassy; the chemistry between the leads was palpable. An entertaining, fun contemporary romance. (Megan Snider Write Meg 20100122)

I love the journey into love. (Shoshana Ashley This Book for Free 20100122)

I liked watching them get it wrong and then so very right. 4/5! (Carrie Zimmerman The Book Girl 20100122)

The love scenes are steamy, and the characters are vivid. (Sandie Kirkland Booksie's Blog 20100122)

Lots of sizzle, laughter, and fun. (Sia McKye Danzo Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee 20100122)

Robin Kaye has written a book full of romance and wit... along with a little tension... and some characters that you will love to fall in love with! (Wendi Barker Wendi's Book Corner 20100126)

A very cute, fun romance. (Kristi Lewandowski Passion for the Page 20100201)

a sweet read from start to finish. (Erotic Horizon Erotic Horizon 20100202)

A fun plot, nice characters and an easy writing flow. (Martha Single Titles 20100219) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"The nickname of the train was the Yellow Dog. Its real name was the Yazoo-Delta. It was a mixed train. The day was the 10th of September, 1923-afternoon. Laura McRaven, who was nine years old, was on her first journey alone."
So begins Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty's portrait of a large and clamorous Southern family living on their plantation in the Mississippi Delta, and into whose midst Laura McRaven, whose mother has just died, is thrust. When Laura arrives, the Fairchilds are preparing for the marriage of Dabney, not the oldest but the prettiest of the Fairchild girls. Drama leads to drama, revelation to revelation. The result is a sometimes riotous portrait of a Southern family and the motherless child who learns to become one of them. Eudora Welty's first novel remains an American classic.
"By all odds the best thing [Eudora Welty] has written."
--The Atlantic
"Presents the essence of the Deep South and does it with infinite finesse."
--The Christian Science Monitor
"The portrait she gives us . . . is nothing short of wonderful, and the way she gets hold the particular quality of Southern speech, with its nuances, obliquities, and special kind of humor, is a minor triumph."--The New Yorker

Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She worked as a photographer during the Depression and published her first book, a collection of short stories, in 1941. In addition to short fiction, Welty wrote novels, novellas, essays, and reviews, and was the winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. By the time of her death in 2001, Welty had established herself as one of the most important and beloved American writers of the twentieth century.

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Format: Paperback
I first bought this book a year ago, seeing it laying on a table of "recommended books" at [a store] and thinking to myself that it sounded intriguing. I got home, opened it up and....put it down w/in ten minutes. Being somewhat widely read, this does not often happen to me, but I admit I found this book at first utterly boring.
However, a few days ago, I decided to try again and this time I opened up the book-and kept reading. The story draws you in slowly, until you feel you are present in shellmound, sitting in the settee in the corner watching this all take place. The setting description was vividly realistic, the characters believable. The characters ARE the plot line: the novel unfolds through the eyes of both outsiders (ellen and laura) and also through the eyes of the fairchilds themselves [in the forms of shelley and dabney].
This thought provoking narrative of a large and intricately woven Southern family is brought to life through the evocative words of eudora welty, and stays in the heart long after the last page is turned.
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On its surface, "Delta Wedding" is a story about the preparations for a wedding by a Southern clan. As one of the characters remarks, the family takes "you in circles, whirling delightedly about [but} nothing really so very much happened." Anyone expecting a page-turner about plantation life or a thickly plotted potboiler will surely be disappointed. Instead, you must be willing to believe that "old stories, family stories, Mississippi stories [are] the same as very holy or very passionate."
The plot, such as it is, is simple: the extended Fairchild family reunites for a wedding, and everyone brings their dreams, memories, grudges, and intrigues. As with any "typical" family reunion, there is a pervasive threat of scandal that never quite pans out, and several petty incidents get blown out of proportion by the affected characters. The sheer number of kinfolk can be overwhelming at times, but they are clearly delineated (although it must be said that the black servants rarely transcend stereotype, which is undoubtedly an accurate portrayal of how a rich Southern family would have viewed the help). Welty's drawling humor gives the narrative much warmth and vitality; her ability to switch perspective seamlessly from one character to the next is truly without equal.
All in all, Welty writes beautifully of familial relations and social manners; she can truly be considered the Jane Austen of the South.
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Format: Paperback
Reading "Delta Wedding" is like attending a family wedding and meeting all your distant relatives for the first time. You have a sense of belonging and, at the same time, a sense of being an outsider. Everyone seems to know everyone so much better than you do and you're rushing to catch up on everyone's story and sort out who is who. This is a relatively short book, but perhaps because she is primarily a short-story writer, Eudora Welty has packed this book so densely with character and detail, you will feel as though you have read a family saga of many hundred pages. The delta is recreated in such detail that you can feel the humid, misty breezes and hear the crickets chirping. The young girls through whose perspective you watch the proceedings are enchanting. Struggling to keep track of the characters forced me to go back and re-read parts of the book at times, which was, in fact, helpful in discovering important overlooked details. This is a book you can re-read many times always discovering something or someone new. Eudora Welty ranks at the very top of Southern writers and American writers in general.
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I do have to admit that Eudora Welty is one of the best writer's as far as capturing the complexities of human emotions and interactions. The way she wrote made me feel sympathy for the characters at times, and a sense that I know what they are going through at others. She has brought them to life so beautifully that there is probably a character to relate to anybody who picks up the book.(Which is very possible due to a LONG list of characters.) As I read the book I could see biogrpahical bits and pieces of her own memories which she remembered so descriptively. The description of the Delta causes you to feel so familiar with it that you may as well just live there. I can just picture the open, treeless fields and the little rivers. She also kept a hopeful outlook for relationships throughout the book, as I read would it would be from many critics, but I could not possibly believe when I found out that Robbie left George. Also, her common themes about love being freedom from isolation, social prejudice, and convention were all displayed in the book, whether vaguely or bright and apparent. The book was hard to read at times due to the fact that some of the chapters were so long. It was hard for me to sit down and read a whole chapter at a time, but that was the only drawback. Overall, the book was well-written and anybody who can relate to the irony of family get-togethers will enjoy reading this book.
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I had to read this for a Lit of the American South class I'm taking for my M.A. I read it in two days with a study guide close at hand as well as several background articles on Welty. I'm grateful for the additional materials, but even without them I know I would have found much to praise in this book.
When I first started to read, my professor suggested compiling a list of characters and their relationships in order to assist in keeping everyone straight. This was excellent advice and allowed me to read without getting too bogged down in character names and trying to figure out who was allied with whom, etc etc.
The novel is ostensibly a portrait of one Southern family. On a broader perspective, one can view it as a deconstruction of the American South with its age-old social structures and isolationism. But it can also be taken on a much more universal level. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in any milieu will relate to Ellen Fairchild, Laura McEvern, and Robbie Reid. Families across the world aren't so different. Robbie's statement in the novel's climax: "I didn't marry into them, I married George!" is, I thought, particularly insightful.
I honestly can't praise this book enough. It has inspired me to want to read more of Welty's work as well as other great Southern writers. An excellent introduction...
In some ways, perhaps in structure and narrative tone, it reminded me of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
Again, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read!
Enjoy!
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