mary's book basket ~ "the fixer upper"

I have been a HUGE fan of Mary Kay Andrews for a long time. Her books are funny and light. The southern humor produces belly laughter with every page turned. Listening to them on CD is such a treat. She knows how to turn a phrase...a southern phrase that is. In The Fixer Upper there are memorable characters, fabulous dialogue as the plot twists and turns in the southern wind. Yes, there is romance, filled with humor of course and in the end the bad guy gets what's coming to him.

**Great Read!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Book 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.

*I got this book from the library and have not been compensated for this review.
* *There is some foul language and a scene of pre-marital sex. I follow the 3 page rule. When one of "those" scenes arrive skip ahead 3 pages. It works every time.