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Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly (Piggly Wiggly #1)

2.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  476 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
An irresistible Southern charmer about small-town gossip, second-chance romance, strange weather, and ballroom dancing in the most unlikely places.

Laurie Lepanto is on the horns of a dilemma. Her favorite market, the Piggly Wiggly, of Second Creek, Mississippi, is on the verge of closing its doors, nearly done in by a new Mega-Mart across town. Over the years, the Piggly
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 16, 2009 Heather rated it did not like it
I finally abandoned this book about halfway through when I was reminded of the topic of good, better, best. This book may fall into the "good" category, but I have so many other things I could be doing with my time. Forcing myself to read this just didn't seem worth it anymore. It drove me crazy how simple the writing was, and I thought the sexual references, while fairly benign, were completely unnecessary. I do not plan to read anything else by this author!
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When the Nitwitts (a club for wealthy widows in Second Creek MS) learns that the local Piggly Wiggly will be closing its doors they spring into action to save the local business. Club President Laurie Lepanto asks a charming widower who used to run a dance studio to help. Powell Hampton agrees and a promotional campaign is begun: for two hours each day, the “eligible silver fox” will dance with the ladies while store employees do their shopping for them.

I’ve had this on my tbr for a while. It s
Oct 25, 2013 Lilian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sorry-but-no
I was hoping this would be a light, funny read, but it turned out so cliched and boring. It seemed so lazy even to use adjectives like "sunny" and "perky" for waitresses, and flight attendants "leggy."

I'm really wary now of stories that seem to be mostly dialogue or conversations between the characters, as this book was. It's as if the writer cannot find an omniscient voice or a third-person storyteller, so rather than going to the "trouble" of describing characters or places, he just has his ch
Feb 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
A quaint story about a group of loyal Piggly Wiggly shoppers who come up with a crazy plan to save their beloved grocery store. Laurie and Powell come up with the idea to have the ladies of Second Creek come into the Piggly Wiggly to dance while the employees fill their grocery orders. I thought it had a cute premise, but I think it was written more for an older audience (probably my grandparents). It was a cute story, but not the best I've ever read.
Oct 22, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: southern, audio
Wow, but this seemed a LONG listen. Took me a while to get into the story. I preferred Mr Choppy's mysterious past storyline more so than the save the Piggly Wiggly story line. Some of the NitWits had some clever lines. Parts were well written. But glad to finish it. The dance lasted a bit too long.
Jul 16, 2008 TeresaFL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jill, Heather
Shelves: read-in-2008
If you've ever lived in a small town in the south, then this book is for you. As I read it I kept finding people I've grown up with all my life. A fun, easy read. I highly recommend it if you want to relax and enjoy some time with interesting characters.
Jan 17, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
I read about a third of this and while it featured everything I usually like (quirky characters in a small town and hint of humor), I just couldn't get into it. Wasn't worth the time to keep going.
Jun 15, 2009 Katrina rated it really liked it
I love how this story shows several older active men and women who are making changes in their lives and progressing. The moral of the story that life isn't over after you are 70 is great. There are still often many great years to come in this modern age.

My 98 year old grandmother in Vienna is still actively participating in her community. She writes for a newspaper, speaks at conventions, and much more. This wouldn't be possible unless people took interest in her and I doubt that it would happ
Ann Parks
Jul 17, 2016 Ann Parks rated it liked it
A fun read! Certainly not great literature but light-hearted and fun. It would make a good book to read on vacation. The local group of widows come together to help save the grocery store in town which is about to go under because of the new supermarket on the bypass. They invite the local dance instructor to giving dancing lessons in the aisles of the Piggly Wiggly as a way of enticing folks back to the store. There is a bit of romance, too.
Mar 28, 2013 Janet rated it did not like it
I checked this out from the library on audiobook because I was having some kind of southern homesick thing. It was kind of laughably bad.

Predictable and not engaging, and I often yelled at it for just being wrong. Like describing a beautiful delicious-sounding dinner and saying that the cook lit a bunch of scented candles before serving it - what? why? Also terrible fashion sense (at a wedding the bride wears a suit and the groom a tux and tails? Not at any southern wedding I've heard of, even
Lisa of Hopewell
Oct 11, 2013 Lisa of Hopewell rated it really liked it
What's not to like about a small Southern town with a "Miss Delta Floozy" contest? Or, for that matter, what's not to love about a 50-something widow finding love for the second time with a handsome man who used to own a ballroom dance studio? Second Creek, Mississippi, is a town you'd want to call your own. Full of loveable wackos--most of whom are faithful friends and helpful neighbors. Laurie Lapanto and her "Nit Wits"--a group of widows who support and care for each other have a large presen ...more
Jul 19, 2015 elliereads rated it did not like it
This book was just awful. Why did I finish it? I blame Goodreads. It's hard to quit when, like 6 people, know what I'm reading. But then again, do I want those same reading friends to know I'm reading garbage? Guess so.


(In my defense, I did keep hoping it would get better. My hopes were dashed.)
Gina Weibel
Sep 24, 2015 Gina Weibel rated it liked it
The thing I enjoyed about this book was imagining what my life will be like when I'm in my 70s and 80s. Nice to see some realistic adventure, friendship, and romance can still be imaginable for this age group, and the characters were interesting.
Nov 06, 2010 Ken rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book so bad. I love books about quaint, little Southern towns and the characters that live in them but I just couldn't get into this book. The dialogue between the characters was all together too unrealistic and sickeningly sweet for my taste. The characters never use any slang and speak proper English 98% of the time and that just doesn't jibe realistically with life in a small Southern town, unfortunately. The author's characterization of the main male character in this b ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Ida rated it did not like it
I picked this one up on a whim at the library. I rarely do that, especially in the adult section. And this book is a great example of why - there was some completely unnecessary sex in it. Not horrible harlequin type sex and only a couple short scenes but still way more than I wanted to read and it was NOT pivotal to the plot. Other than that quite annoying element the premise was cute enough, I guess. Widows who get together to gossip and do good in a small town. A charming widower who happens ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jackie-s-books
I found this book to be delightful. I read it a a short time after I became a widow and it gave me hope of finding happiness again.
Jul 23, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sweet Southern tale of love, friendship, and finding your purpose in life, no matter what age you are. Having lived in Mississippi for about a year in the seventies, the characters really came to life for me. Although the concept of dancing in the ailes at a grocery store seemed a little corny, I was impressed by the way the author was able to bring in the connection the residents have, both past & present, with their local Piggly Wiggly store. I highly recommend sippin ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Geri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, recommend, own
A nice slice of small town southern charm.
Tessa Palmeri
Sep 09, 2015 Tessa Palmeri rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish reading it. Just not my thing.
Mar 12, 2015 Rina rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
this book has romance (I'm not such a fan) and a bit of mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the reading the second in the series. I believe there are four so far. a small Southern town with its own characters and quirks and its own special grocery store, the Piggly Wiggly (a real chain BTW). then there are the Nitwitts. a group of widows of a certain age who have fun with each other, are do-gooders and fun to read about. and Mr. Choppy, owner of the Piggly Wiggly, he has a story ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Elle rated it really liked it
It was a sweet novel that flirted with some big ideas. It brought up the idea of a Mega store and it's affect on an American small town and the small business that is found there. It brings up the idea of finding one's purpose in life no matter what age you are. And it brings up the idea of finding love when you think that love can never be found again. However, it doesn't ever delve into anything and it just leaves it all suspended. However, I really liked it because of the sentimental feeling ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Shanon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Less than stellar but still a fun book.
Rita Mahan
Apr 09, 2016 Rita Mahan rated it liked it
Fun, southern romantic comedy
Kae Larsen
Jul 11, 2012 Kae Larsen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lame Lame Lame! Stupid Stupid Stupid! I did not finish this one, and yet WASTED a large amount of time listening to this book on tape. The reader was excellent in the fact that she didn't throw up trying to read this book out loud to an audience.

It was written by a man, Robert Dalby, and there is large amount of discussion on the anatomy of all the women who are in the book, and there are a lot of them. (so my preconception about men authors was, again, validated) Well dang, those are hours I w
Bonajean McAneney
Feb 12, 2016 Bonajean McAneney rated it liked it
A sweet read.
Sep 23, 2015 Lorann rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, 2015-read
I was like this author wanted to be Fanny Flagg, but just couldn't pull off the same humor and lightness.
Jan 27, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very thin plot.
Oct 15, 2012 JanieceK rated it did not like it
This has to be the silliest thing I've ever read. I can't believe I wasted the time to read it. There was nothing to redeem it. I think most of the problem was that it was written by a man. Small town Southern women really don't talk, think nor act that way. It seemed to me to be the way a man would think small town Southern women would talk, think and act. Don't waste any time on this!!

Sep 29, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angela by: goodreads site
This was a very good Southern fiction book about a small town with eccentric and loving neighbors. Since I listened to it with my ears instead of reading with my eyes, I was treated to an accent that was not over the top! Yea! There is an element of romance in this novel as well in that two of the main characters get married. Lots of great wacky ladies and gentlemen in this one. A satisfying read.
May 14, 2016 Jodi rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-group, adult
The beginning was a bit slow for me and I wasn't too interested in hearing about the different women in the Nitwitts group, but I enjoyed the second half of the book much more as the plot development picked up. Laurie's love story was not as compelling or romantic as I had hoped, but I thought ending was a nice, and appropriate tie-up. I enjoyed reading about Mr. Choppy's story more at the end.
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Robert Dalby is a native of Mississippi and a lifelong patron of the Piggly Wiggly. He lives in Oxford.
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