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21 July 2010

THE FIXER UPPER - Mary Kay Andrews, narr Isabel Keating

From the back of the BOCD: The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to fix up her house...and her life...
After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia .
But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.
Furthermore, everyone is Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute former lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.
All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected---back home again.
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There were times in the beginning and sometimes in the middle of the book where I wanted to reach in and smack Dempsey upside the back of the cranium for her naivete and lack of gumption, especially when it came to how she let her ex-boss and her father try to run her over.
But when Dempsey got her fire back...watch out! It was a sight to behold and I cheered.
It was a slow rather steady process of Dempsey getting her life back on track. Starting with the renovation of Birdsong. She took one step at a time, realized what she could and couldn't do or afford for the house. Along the way, Dempsey also learned that she was more than someone's daughter or fired underling. She learned from her contractor that she was capable of sanding cabinets and floors, painting walls, stripping wallpaper, and all that fun jazz.
She also found gumption in dealing with Ella Kate, the grumpy squatter in Birdsong. Of all the characters in the book, Ella Kate was my favorite. She didn't take any crap, but she did take furniture...
Anyway, once Dempsey found and got her intestestinal fortitude...she ROCKED!! There were some definite cheering going on from me, especially in some of the scenes towards the end of the book.
Five the girl found her rockin' fortitude beans.....

6 comments:

Mary said...

Sounds like you liked it as much as I did. Its the first MKA book I read. I've since read a couple more and liked them. That lady makes me laugh!

Sherri said...

I really liked this book when I read it! I'm a huge Mary Kay Andrews fan.

Vickie said...

Mary: My first was HISSY FIT and I've been a fan ever since. I love her books!

Sherri: I remember how much you dug it and I put it on my wishlist to look for. I was glad to find it on Recorded Books. It's a blast to listen to.

Kris said...

I've only read one other book by this author, but thought it was good and a lot of fun. Sounds like I should read this one too.

Vickie said...

Kris: You should definitely read more by Mary Kay Andrews. This one was excellent and BLUE CHRISTMAS is my favorite holiday read, HISSY FIT is my favorite of hers.

Kris said...

I have Blue Christmas..but isn't it the 3rd in the series? I've read the first one, but not the second, so Blue Christmas has just been sitting around. Maybe I need to hurry up and read it so I can read Blue Christmas this December. You really have my itching to read this author soon.