Publication Date: November 15, 2014Marilee Abernathy's life is a mess. Everyone in Chickpea, South Carolina, knows about her husband's affair with the town floozy. But when her dignified farewell—complete with pearls and impeccably applied Mary Kay cosmetics—turns into a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to hang herself from a fake ceiling beam, Marilee figures there has to be a better way to cope.
Marilee needs a new attitude—at least, that's what her neighbor Sam Brewer thinks. Between his demanding mother and his crazy ex-wife, though, the last thing he wants is another woman whose life is out of control. But Marilee's learning on her own that a little attitude can go a long way—suddenly she's taking charge and taking chances she'd never imagined. And watching her blossom reminds Sam of some long-forgotten dreams of his own. Now he's just got to convince her to turn some of that attitude his way….
This book was as far from being the usual romance as you can get. For example - the eventual lovers meet when the 'heroine' tries to kill herself and the 'hero' runs in to save her. How is that for a kick in the head?
Yes some of the characters are stereotypical or cliched, but there is a good reason for that.
The meat of the story is enough to bring tears to your eyes at times and the humor can be a little morbid at times. It was a bit of a 'pop-corn' read but not as much as you would have thought.
The character growth of the main characters is slow and realistic - the romance takes a while to be developed and that makes sense, seeing as how the book starts off and what the story-line is all about.
Fun, fast read and satisfying at the end.