The Fixer Upper
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...more
The other thing which left me feeling somewhere between "blah" and "meh", was the police procedures described. I'd love to know where that old chestnut of a p ...more
This book is cute. Young girl, caught in a scandal, moves to a small town to fix up an old house and of course she has lots of "life" moments and finds romance along the way. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a light, summer romance read. And it is...there are just some parts of this book that really bugged me.
First of all, I understand books like this aren't really meant to be realistic, but Andrews' lack of reality in this book gets a little extreme. There were just parts here ...more
So this story is about a vapid, young lawyer who is framed for bribery and mishandling taxpayer money...I guess...and winds up in a two-stoplight town in the south, fixing a broken-down house that was just left to her egomaniacal father in a will. She falls in love with a jerk who pretends to not be a jerk but she also sort of has the hots for the jerk's dad. There's a ...more
"New paint was about hope. It was about believing that underneath the dirt and the crud and the hurt, it was possible to find something solid and substantial. Something worth saving. And when you found something good, wasn't it right to try and fix it?"
I'm convinced that the author didn't even write that line because it was so out of pla ...more
The moment I read about the upcoming release of The Fixer Upper, I rushed to reserve my copy, and couldn't wait to start reading. I finished the book in near record time for me, it was that good. I loved that ...more
Meet Dempsey Killebrew. A young woman living in D.C. as a lobbyist that has just been fired by her high-powered public relations firm after they were caught in a political scandal.
She's a young woman, who has just lost everything she's ever known so far in life and is now unemployed. She seeks the help of her father, Mitch, whom I have to say I dislike. He basically is married to a much youn ...more
Also, I recently read Nora Robert's "Tribute", and it was surprising how similar these two books were, while also being very different. Perhaps it's like the difference between peanut butter and oatmeal cookies: they are both sweets, meant for dessert not nutrition, though they have some nutritional value (protein vs fiber), and you can enjoy them in a convenient way althoug ...more
Oh, and there's a sex scene.
I wouldn't recommend this one.
Isn't that nice?
Note: A few instances of language and adult scenes, though they are brief and well handled.
Mary Kay Andrews (MKA) is a ‘go to’ author of mine; her books are always so much fun and The Fixer Upper is another of those! She really captured the genuine small town feeling for me with Fixer Upper. I could picture everything she wrote as I listened to the audiobook. Everything was very descriptive and even the descriptions of Birdsong (the house) are well written.
I felt for Dempsey in her situation that she goes th ...more
He has inherited his family’s home in a small town in Georgia, and he wants her to get it ready to sell. He hasn’t seen the place in about ...more
The beginning was a little slow for me, but about 50 pages in it clicked. The characters are truly characters, and I loved the house, which was kinda a character in its own right.
Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri ...more