Tuesday, November 03, 2009

LOVED this one too...

I've been into books about Yankees acclimating to life in small-town Georgia. Wonder if it's a premonition? ;)



Description:

The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life.

After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute 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.

3 comments:

Karenpie said...

Found you through Jenny Benge's blog! I love your taste in books - found Mary Kay Andrews sometime last spring and proceded to gorge on her books. I love finding an author with several goodies under her belt so I can really indulge! Going to go find "Southern Living" and try that one out.

Patti H said...

sounds like a good book Ramona I might have to buy this one for my girlfriend for Christmas

Jennifer Sizemore said...

That one sounds like a great book. Maybe after I get through the stack on my nightstand...