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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  20 reviews
When Lavinia Starkhurst's husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-accepta ...more
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Published June 26th 2018 by Unsolicited Press
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish is a book that has a ton of heart! The writing style is fairly simple, but that made for an extremely fast read and it didn't bother me at all.

The Amendment is told from the perspective of Lavinia who is 53 years old when her second husband Chip is killed in a freak accident. What the majority of the book is about is what happens next. She takes a road trip out west and makes a few stops along the way. Among other things, she ends up working in a
Chrissi Sepe
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, “The Amendment” appears to be a sad book because it’s about loss and grief. But after reading the very first pages, I realized this novel is everything but a downer!

Lavinia is a badass woman in her fifties who likes to booze it up and who once had a crush on her stepson. When her second husband, Chip, dies unexpectedly, Lavinia tells her grown children and friends that she is taking a cross-country road trip. While driving alone, she has a lot of time to think and to reassess he
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Based on the short blurb I assumed that this would be sad and while it definitely had some reflective moments, it was ultimately a story of hope and resilience. I love being surprised by the contents of a book and this one definitely did that and more.

I love a quirky and unique heroine and Lavinia delivered a highly usual point of view, she’s not some delicate widow she’s a strong woman who is grieving in her own way and on her own terms, which I love! Even when her family and friends think she’
Irene Frances Olson
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It takes great skill to write about serious matters while infusing prose with knock-out, catch-you-by-surprise humor; Anne Leigh Parrish does just that in The Amendment. I have read all of Ms. Parrish's books and each one has engaged me as a reader right from the start. During the first of her books, I started taking notes of each phrase that contained impressive word treatments but stopped doing so because I found myself writing more than reading - there were so many! Readers will resonate with ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Anne Leigh Parrish but after reading The Amendment, I plan to order some of her previous books. When I read the synopsis of this book, I was afraid that it was going to be a dark depressing book -- it was absolutely the opposite. The main character Lavania is a funny and sarcastic woman who can also be very introspective and extremely kind and caring.

When Lavania's second husband dies, she doesn't appear to be very sad over it. It didn't sound as if they had a great love
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We first met Lavinia Dugan's family in Anne Leigh Parrish's fantastic book of linked stories Our Love Could Light the World.

We catch up with Lavinia in Anne Leigh Parrish's marvelous novel, The Amendment, where Lavinia now-Starkhurt has to deal with the sudden death of her older husband Chip, struck down by lightning on the golf course. Chip was Lavinia's second husband and generous stepfather to her five children.

Chip loved Lavinia, and Lavinia loved Chip, even if he didn't excite her as much
Kathy Mcmullen
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lavinia Starkhurst Dugan’s second husband Chip is dead. A lightning bolt struck him down on the golf course. Her oldest daughter Angie thinks she should join a grief group. Chip’s best friend Mel and golf buddy wants to put a ring on Lavinia’s finger. Her housekeeper Alma thinks she’s hitting the wine too much. Her ex-husband Potter is fretting about her, too. But Lavinia doesn’t have time for grief groups or navel-gazing. Her five kids are grown and no longer need her guiding hand. Chip left he
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Anne Leigh Parrish took a difficult subject and a relatable but unlikable character and spun a engaging page-turner that was a quick read but also a thoughtful personality study. The witty inclusions broke up the narrative with what was always an unexpected but welcome surprise, the quick scene changes, rapid fire dialogue and an assortment of colorful characters, all of whom receive some substantial development so they all felt multi-dimensional, readin
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
4.5 Starts. So loving this author. When I read her short story collection, Our Love Could Light The World, I was pulled in to the Dugan Family and their realistic scenarios and the authors light touch of chaos and mood with levity. Honestly I only picked it up when I learned that it was loosely connected stories so it reads more like novel and I'm so glad I did. This book is a follow up in an actual novel format. It follows Lavinia, the mother who took off to marry her boss leaving her kids and ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4🌟 for this story about a women’s cross country road trip following the unexpected death of her second husband. We travel along with her as she processes her surroundings, her grief, relationships with her ex, children, and friends, and her interactions with the people she meets along the way. She was a strong, interesting and engaging character. 3 📚/2019
Debi Lantzer
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love being a BookSparks BookSharks because every now and again, they have Pop Up Blog Tours where they randomly offer a book for us to read and review. They often throw in with some other extras thrown in for our extra-curricular social media sharing.

The Amendment is about a pretty tough lady named Lavinia Starkhurst.  She's a 50 something woman who suddenly becomes widowed when her second husband, Chip, is struck by lightning on a golf course and dies.  Lavinia tries to find a new purpose for
Corinne B
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
As soon as I heard that Anne wrote a new book, I just had to get my hands on it! Thank you to the publisher for sending me The Amendment! I absolutely loved Women Within by Anne and so I was excited for this one. This book follows Lavina, who tragically finds out her husband died suddenly. To cope, she decides to drop everything and take herself on a road trip. Along they way, she reflects on the happy and less than happy times of her marriage and tries to determine how to move on. This is the c ...more
Jodi Paloni
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Once again, Anne Leigh Parrish delivers with her new novel, The Amendment. With humor and concision, she explores topics of humanity that takes her readers beyond the ordinary experience of fiction, exploring the breadth and depth of her character(s) on the soul level. Also, as to be expected in a Parrish novel, readers are introduced to unexpected alliances found in unique and peculiar situations. It's once again, a rollicking ride, a heroine's journey, that shows us a cycle of grief and will s ...more
Linda Spyhalski
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Enjoyed this book! A woman's second husband passes away after being struck by lightening playing golf. To help her cope she takes a month long trip across the country. The book is sad with the loss of her husband and then takes a turn as she travels. The pain of her loss is in full view but some of her encounters are so funny! The old adage you can always find someone worse off than you are is so true!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I expected to like this book. I did not. It was disorganized, characters were hard to follow, dialogue was insincere and unauthentic, and I found nothing hilarious about the book. Sorry, but it was a major disappointment to me.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A road trip taken after the sudden loss of Lavinia’s husband, turns out to be a search for the meaning in her life. She’s a quirky, outspoken character and it was fun to take this journey with her.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a moment here and there, some clever lines and the odd funny, but ultimately a little disappointing.
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
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Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was fine. I suppose it's a sort of a 2nd/3rd act coming-of-age type story. It held my interest enough that it was a quick read and I never got bored but I didn't get much out of it.
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