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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Real Southern Lady is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, literary, and women’s fiction subgenres, and forms the third novel in the Bobbie Lamont series. Penned by author Zelmer Wilson, it is best suited to the general adult reading audience. As we continue the story of Bobbie's journey through life and love, we find ourselves in New York City in the 1990s. Bobbie has left behind her hometown of New Orleans to start anew as an associate editor at Black Springs Press. However, despite the distance, Bobbie finds that her past and memories continue to haunt her. The loss of her love, Miller, lingers in her heart as she navigates through life, advancing in her career and searching for love in different relationships.
Author Zelmer Wilson has a great narrative flair for conveying the complexities of different characters and types of relationships as the story delves into both Bobbie's romantic pursuits and her close friendships, particularly her enduring bond with her best friend, Billie. The variety of relationships and their engaging dialogue interactions give us so much information and relatability without ever having to be spoon-fed, and the novel’s tapestry of drama beautifully captures the essence of personal growth, the complexities of relationships, and the enduring power of friendship. Bobbie's journey is relatable, and her character is both endearing and multifaceted as she tackles each new plot event with gusto. The book offers a nostalgic and atmospheric glimpse into a specific time and place, making it a compelling read for those who appreciate stories of self-discovery and the enduring bonds of friendship. Overall, I’d certainly recommend A Real Southern Lady for fans of the existing series and the series in general for readers seeking realistic dramas with plenty of heart.