"West is at her strongest when she's focusing on family dynamics . . . but Mad Girls in Love also reminds us that bad choices, although damaging, don't always have irrevocable results."
-Nashville Scene

"If you enjoy pondering the genetics - or bad luck - of generational eccentricity in the South, if you enjoy hanging out with women who love too much but reap many a tale along the way, this book is for you."
-Knight Ridder News Service

"A funny, poignant look at three generations of G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South)."
-Knoxville News-Sentinel

"This follow-up to West's debut, Crazy Ladies, reunites readers with familiar characters, including Bitsy's mother, Dorothy McDougal-who from a Nashville mental institution wages a letter-writing campaign to Pat Nixon on Bitsy's behalf-and Dorothy's sister, Clancy Jane, a hippie cafe owner. . . . when West focuses on the complexities of familial or romantic relationships, the novel is at its most heartfelt."
-Publishers Weekly

"Spanning 20 years and told partially through letters to First Ladies, this sprawling, colorful saga follows the four women and their hilarious and hapless relationships with each other and their men. . . .Fans of heartwarming southern novels with soap operatic plots liberally dosed with sass and spice will enjoy."

"The bestselling author of Crazy Ladies weaves a story of Southern love that features main character Bitsy Wentworth whacking her cheating husband with a rack of frozen ribs. Nothing like a weapon you can eat. Mad Girls in Love is perfect for a ride to the supermarket."
-Raleigh News & Observer on audiobook edition

"The author narrates this life-affirming novel about the enduring bond between three generations of Southern belles; her warm Tennessee drawl brings the setting to life."
-People on audiobook edition

"The return of Girls Raised in the South (GRITS), introduced in West's bestselling first novel, Crazy Ladies, is reason to rejoice. . .. West's winning way of turning a Southern phrase tickles the ear like a firefly on a summer night. As effortless and engaging as gossiping with neighbors over the back fence, listening to the stories of these mad girls is both amusing and thought-provoking.