Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly

Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly

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Penguin Putnam
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 Wiggly has been more than a supermarket-it's been a community center and town hall, and it's even seen a little romance blossom in its aisles.

Laurie-who has never met a problem she can't solve- is determined to help Mr. Choppy, the Piggly Wiggly's manager, keep his business afloat. She enlists her fellow "Nitwitts," a formidable array of the town's most influential widows, and the town's most eligible silver fox, Powell Hampton, a sixtysomething widower and former ballroom dance instructor. For two hours a week, Powell will waltz-or fox-trot or tango-at the Piggly Wiggly with Second Creek's ladies while the salesclerks do their shopping for them.

In a place like Second Creek, where everyone knows everyone, waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly soon becomes the town's most festive event. And after a few turns around the floor with the handsome and charming Powell, Laurie soon begins to make plans for romance as well as civic renewal.

Baker & Taylor
With her favorite market, the Piggly Wiggly, on the verge of closing due to competition from the Mega-Mart across town, Laurie Lepanto launches a campaign to save the store, which has also served as a community center and town hall, enlisting the town's influential widows and eligible bachelor, widower, and dance instructor Powell Hampton in her scheme. A first novel.

Blackwell North Amer
Laurie Lepanto is on the horns of a dilemma. For generations, the Piggly Wiggly has been Second Creek's community center and town hall, and has even seen a little romance blossom in its aisles. But thanks to the new MegaMart across town, the Piggly Wiggly's owner, confirmed bachelor Hale "Mr. Choppy" Dunbar, may be forced to close this small-town landmark. Mr. Choppy's life revolved around his family's store, and a dark secret from his past that has kept the townspeople whispering for more than sixty years. Laurie Lepanto, who never met a problem she couldn't solve, is determined to keep her favorite market open. The scheme she devises has wonderful and unexpected consequences for the entire town.
To save the Piggly Wiggly, Laurie enlists her fellow "Nitwitts", a formidable array of the town's most influential ladies. All of the Nitwitts, like Laurie, are widows, drawn together by their shared grief, as well as the chance to gossip and down Bloody Marys together once a week. The Nitwitts are also hopelessly devoted to the Piggly Wiggly, and are determined to help in any way possible. Laurie's plan, however, needs one more person: the town's most eligible silver fox, Powell Hampton, a handsome widower and former ballroom dance instructor. For two hours a week, Powell will waltz - or foxtrot, or tango - at the Piggly Wiggly with Second Creek's ladies while the salesclerks do their shopping for them.
In a town like Second Creek, where everyone knows everyone, waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly soon becomes the town's most festive event, even offering Mr. Choppy the chance to shed the weight of his past. And after a few turns around the floor with the charming Powell, Laurie begins to make plans for romance as well as civic renewal.

Baker
& Taylor

With her favorite market, the Piggly Wiggly, on the verge of closing, Laurie Lepanto launches a campaign to save the store, enlisting the town's influential widows and eligible bachelor and dance instructor, Powell Hampton, in her scheme.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2006.
ISBN: 9780399153679
0399153675
9780425215562
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm.

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