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Ladies In Low Places

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  43 reviews
"Henry serves up a healthy dose of Southern humor and style with 18 lively stories that cleverly turn conventional ideas about Southern womanhood on their heads. Here are heroines who aren't always graceful, polite or hyper feminine. Instead they're flawed and misunderstood yet always hopeful. Tales told with a fresh, sensitive voice and likely to appeal to readers who app ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by South Light Press
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Linda Zagon
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ann Henry, author of “Ladies in Low Places” has written a delightful, charming and entertaining novel with different stories. I really enjoyed this book and every story and would highly recommend it.
To quote Kirkus reviews, Ladies in Low Places ….(A) healthy dose of Southern humor and style…told with a fresh sensitive voice likely to appeal to readers who appreciate Southern culture in all its myriad forms.” I am a Northern and
Susan Peterson
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories! Humorous and heartfelt!!
Gail Hecky
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not to be missed, this little book is full of surprise endings and delightfully amusing, interesting characters. Henry is able to paint her colorful characters in clear detail with abundant doses of dry wit and charm. Ample dialogue moves each tale along quickly and believably. All eighteen short stories offer unique flavors of southern living, preferences and habits, creating a spicy mix of tales I found myself compelled to consume more than once. I loved the unusual perspectives and real-life ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on goodreads giveaway for a honest review. I normally dont read short stories however I am glad I read this one. It is set in Low County SC. As I was reading about these southern women I felt I was personally getting to know them they felt so real. You may even know them yourself! I found myself laughing at their quirkiness ..this book has some humourous moments as well as sad ones. What made the characters even more believable was the fact they had flaws like real women which ma ...more
Lauren G
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The setting and narrative in Ladies In Low Places are delicious, funny, witty, frank, and whimsical. I love reading about the different Lowcountry settings in each story - from trailer park to high society. The short story format is very digestible, so it's perfect for me to dive into a great story before bed and be able to complete in one sitting. I love that there is a little bit of darkness in each story, but you never come away with a feeling of melancholy or sadness. Each character has a st ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies in Low Places captures the essence of Southern charm. These short stories depict the picturesque setting of the low country. Mary Ann Henry's descriptions of time and place make you feel as though you're breathing the humid air of the salt marshes and walking amongst the trees draped in Spanish moss. I enjoyed the quirky yet fiercely strong characters and how they each had their own personal struggles. Struggles which parallel our own lives in some way whether young, old, North or South o ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from This is a wonderful collection of short stories about women who live in the South. It's about women who have a "backbone" while still remaining a lady. It's about women who do the "right thing". I absolutely LOVED these stories and if you love Southern Belles, you will love this book too!! ...more
Barb Hollis
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this book through a GOODREADS drawing.

Really enjoyed this collection of stories about southern women. Each one had a message which was thoughtful, some serious, some funny. Would recommend this delightful book to anyone who would like to try to figure out the workings of a woman s mind.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad I got the chance to read this after winning it in a goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed getting to know different women going through various experiences from all walks of life. The writing was very beautiful and honest, charming and heartwarming. It was highly enjoyable and everything I would want from a short story collection. ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone interested in Southern Literature, this book is for you. Not only is the South well represented, the author beautifully writes strong female characters whose inner-wisdom sticks with the reader.
Emily Moberly
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies in Low Places is a must read, I was so inspired by every short story. Within each story, there was charm and humor. I absolutely enjoyed reading this selection of short stories and would recommend it to any bookworm who loves great southern stories.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a collection of quick reads that was reflective of the ladies from the South.

The characters were varied and flawed which I find attractive as a reader.

This book was a Goodreads win in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this collection of short stories very much. The characters were interesting and the stories were well told. I look forward to the next volume.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Stories.
Leslie Hayden
Ladies in Low Places is a collection of short stories by women for women. Reading this book was a wonderful refresher. The stories inside of the collection are short, I believe the longest story was around six or so pages. That for me was the biggest pro regarding this book. Sometimes when reading a regular fictional book it becomes monotonous, but with this book the short chapters was a nice touch. Each story was told, kept to the point, and beginning each story was like opening a small treasur ...more
Therese Wiese
I'm not usually a fan of short stories, so this sat on my TBR shelf longer than it should have, as it was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I finally decided to pick it up, and I am so glad I did. The author provided a wonderful array of quirky characters that were a delight to read. My favorite three were Hill Hole Swamp Queen, Pie Eyed Bride, and List of Lasts. Nouveau Southern Floozy was so timely for the recent Ford/Kavanaugh thing, even though the story was w ...more
Patricia V. Davis
A collection of Delightful, with a capital "D" shirt stories of women in challenging situations. In other words, women living their lives. And they all happen to live in the 'low country.' The author's voice is charming and soothing, and the the stories have remarkable depth. The foreword of the book explains it all- how the term "lady" in the south, to a southern woman, is irony. Meaning that these women, with their perfect manners, have a lot more to them than meets the eye. I also enjoy the d ...more
Trish Heald
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and often funny stories of women managing life and love in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. The women protagonists in this collection are flawed and relatable, sometimes quirky. I liked when the women were changed or helped from unlikely sources of comfort -- a sweet-grass basket-maker's run down chair, an emaciated hound dog with patches of fur missing. And who can resist characters with names like "Plumley" and "Pooter"? A great collection to keep by your bedside, or the bedsid ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A fun taste of the south

I normally am not a fan of short stories, but I fell in love with every story in this book. Each story is set somewhere in the South and each story touches your heart. I love the South and if you are a fan of the South as I am, you will absolutely love this book. If you do not know much about the South, then this book will show you how wonderful the people are.
Karen Story
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Ladies in Low Places and cannot wait for Mary Ann Henry's next book! I was contemplating relocating to South Carolina when this book caught my eye at the library. I think it was the first book of short stories that I've read from cover to cover! I bought a copy for my own library as it is a book that I will read again and again. It's filled with love, laughter and life! ...more
Terri Hale
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These short stories were fantastic! Each one as fascinating as the next! Mary Ann Henry is a gifted author! I look forward to her next book!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable short stories. I will add her writings to my TBR list. I would rate this 4/5 but goodreads will not allow my rating to be entered.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

a group of short stories about women in the area of Charleston South Carolina.these books are show how these women.
John A Wilson
Ladies in Low Places!

Lovely stories, such a delightful read! insightful and thought provoking. I very highly recommend- add this collection to your summer reading.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Short story collections are things that I love, but somewhat hard for me to review. Obviously, reviewing something with several distinct stories can be tricky but the bigger problem for me is that I usually read short story collections over a long period of time. For example, it took me 53 days to read this 263-page book.

The fact that it took me so long to read this book is not a commentary on the quality. I just like to go slowly through short story collections, reading no more than one story
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies in Low Places takes you deep into the sultry South and the life of some Southern women with all the nuances of the Lowcountry from the yearning for love to a racist past.

Henry's descriptions of the Lowcountry puts you there smack dab in the middle of the muck. You can smell the stink of the pluff mud, feel the pull of the moon on your toes at ocean's high tide, lick the salt from your lips after a walk along the beach, see the divide – the separation of blacks and whites and the confeder
Dolly Anderson
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This collection of short stories is superb. These are stories about women who live in the South Carolina / Georgia Lowcounty, and I fell in love reading about them. Some of these women made me laugh out loud and at times I felt like yelling 'You go girl!' I would love for Mary Ann Henry to travel throughout the United States, and write stories about the many types of women she encounters. I didn't read the stories in order that they were presented in the book, but randomly based upon how much ti ...more
Catherine Stickann
I was reading this book as I was traveling. It was a joy to read with fresh stories that provoked this reader to really think about the stories. Unfortunately I left in a cab that I was in a hurry to get out of. I hope reader picked up this book and enjoyed as much as I did. My notes were lost with the book, so I must leave this abbreviated review. Mary Ann Henry I want to read more of your stories. I won this book on Goodreads through the First Reads Giveaway Program; I do not know the author.
Rosa Cline
Received this as a Good Reads First Reads book. It was a good book for when you only have a few moments to read. The stories are often times pretty short and only takes a few minutes to read. Most of the stories were good but some left me thinking "really?" Also if you read more than one at a time it was kind of hard because you were still thinking about the story before it. Not a bad book but nothing really special about it either. But nice to have to read for when you need something for a minu ...more
Kara Arden
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of short stories is full of beautiful low country imagery. If you've never been, you'll feel like you have after reading this book. The women in these stories are so relatable, there is definitely something for everyone. It's a great read for book clubs or vacation or just because you love to read. ...more
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