Okay, it’s Thursday, but I’m having some issues getting this blog on some kind of schedule. I plan to do book reviews on Wednesday and I did start this last night, but it got too late to finish it.
My first review is Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews. I got this book at RWA Nationals in July.
Here’s the blurb from the back:
In a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where divorce is as rampant as kudzu, Mary Bliss McGowan doesn’t notice that her own marriage is in trouble until the summer night she finds a note from her husband, Parker, telling her he’s gone – and has taken the family fortune with him.
Stunned and humiliated, a desperate Mary Bliss, left behind with her seventeen-year-old daughter, Erin, and a mountain of debt, decides to salvage what’s left of her life by telling one little bitty lie…that starts to snowball until Parker turns up dead. Or does he?”
This is a very funny, but also poignant, book about what happens when a woman loses everything she thought was secure in her life. Mary Bliss makes some interesting choices, but her reasons are clear and she does have nothing else she can do in the circumstances.
I loved the characters. They were well-developed, individual and people you might actually know in your own neighborhood. None of them are perfect, just like the rest of us, but they are all likable in their own ways, even those who are “less perfect” than the rest.
I love reading about older heroines who triumph or who survive whatever life throws at them. Mary Bliss is definitely one of those. She does what she has to do to keep the life she knows intact, even to the point of lovingly caring for those who have been unloving to her. She is a wonderful heroine and I kinda wish there were another book about her.
My copy of this book is signed by the author, and I will be giving it away to someone who comments. Just tell me you want this book and leave your email address! Next Wednesday I’ll announce the winner and review another book!