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Getting the Important Things Right [Kindle Edition]

Padgett Gerler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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A powerful and provocative debut novel, GETTING THE IMPORTANT THINGS RIGHT follows the lives of West Point graduate Colonel Thomas McChesney Albemarle, III and southern debutante Lydia Rose Carlyle Albemarle (Colonel Tom and Ma’am to all) from their first meeting at the Officers’ Club at Fort Bragg, North Carolina during World War II to The Colonel’s death forty years later. While Colonel Tom physically and emotionally batters his family, Ma’am escapes the turmoil with alcohol. Their children, Percy, Sis and Oops, with no adult guidance, learn to sidestep their family minefields alone. Percy longs for a loving relationship with his father but is unwilling to compromise his aspirations of owning a motorcycle repair shop to win his father’s love. Sis wants a strong mother who will stand up to her abusive husband but finds herself in an abusive marriage, as well. Baby Oops escapes the chaos by teaching herself to read at three and retreating to her own world where abuse and parental neglect can’t reach her. Siblings Percy and Sis forge a loving bond that will sustain them through the most poignant and tragic of circumstances. Whether it’s eating an entire chocolate cake in one sitting, playing Cuss Scrabble, double dating to the drive-in movie, or stealing their father’s car to hotrod in the wee hours, the brother and sister find unbridled joy in their friendship, despite the dysfunction swirling around them. Told with captivating grit, humor, and insight, this tale of family discord carries the Albemarles through decades of turbulence until tragedy teaches them to forgive and understand by GETTING THE IMPORTANT THINGS RIGHT.


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"An amazing read that breaks the silence!" - Paula Rose Michelson, author, CASA DE NAOMI: THE HOUSE OF BLESSING, Books 1&2

In her novel, Padgett Gerler shows us not only the cycle of abuse but a way to survive it and overcome! I am very grateful to the author for giving the nameless, faceless multitudes that have had to deal with effects, a voice, and hope that all who want to understand the problem, and those thinking that only bad things happen to them because they are bad, will read this book.


"A captivating book." - Joyce M. Gibson, author, SCOTLAND COUNTY EMERGING

Padgett Gerler writes with the skill of a craftsman and the refinement of an artist. Her characters come to life. Her timing is excellent. The story has a destiny, which held me captive until the end. The title symbolizes the wisdom and values that shine through in this powerful work from a gifted writer.

About the Author

Padgett Gerler was born on the coast of South Carolina but grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. She has spent most of her adult life in the Coastal and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in accounting and enjoyed a career as a CPA in public and corporate accounting before leaving her profession in 2010 to write full time. Because of her immersion in southern culture and dialect, Padgett writes of the southern experience, from the mountains to the coast.

When she isn't writing, Padgett loves reading, especially other authors' takes on the southern experience. She also enjoys the beaches of North Carolina, travel, aqua aerobics, knitting for hospital baby nurseries, and Wendy's hamburgers.

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  • Print Length: 274 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078FXAWA
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Southern Page Turner March 21, 2012
By Kenai
Format:Kindle Edition
You will like this book. The writing is beautiful and the story line makes you feel like you are part of the characters' lives. Don't start reading this until you have time to finish it; I found myself rearranging my day to have time to read the next chapter. The characters are well developed and you will want to join them for time on the beach and another bag of "bawled" peanuts.

If you have any connections to the South, you will want to go home. If you are one of those unfortunate souls that have never experienced southern living, you will find yourself making plans to visit.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner March 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
Treat yourself to this delightful book by new southern author, Padgett Gerler. You are immediately swept up in a tale so inviting and intriguing that it literally is hard to put down. The dysfunctional Albemarle family is a study in excellent character development, characters that stayed with me long after I had finished the book. It has turmoil and sadness and romance and great humor. Thank you, Padgett, for such an enjoyable read and please give us more, more, more.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut Novel March 3, 2012
By viewer
Format:Kindle Edition
Getting The Important Things Right is definitely worth your reading time. Padgett Gerler takes us inside the lives of an intriguing family. Colonel Tom, a cruel sadistic father and Lydia (Ma'am)his abused wife who hides inside alcohol and denial, are characters who make us wonder how their children could ever become normal adults. This book is the story of how the children, Percy, Sis, and Oops deal with the mental abuse they endured and how it affects their adult lives. Ultimately, they discover how to get the important things right.
From this debut novel, Padgett Gerler leaves me eagerly anticipating more of her superb writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished book in one sitting. October 14, 2012
By Olivia
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This is a hard book to describe. It is the beautiful, and at times heart wrenching story of Sis and her brother Percy. Raised by a domineering military father and an emotionless alcoholic mother, brother and sister must forge a life of their own with little love and no support from their parents.

As Sis and Percy grow we get to learn a little more about Ma'am and the Colonel. Each parent is multifaceted and motivated by different life experiences. Mother and daughter even share an unspoken bond: an abusive husband.

But this is not a story of domestic violence. Instead, the book is about yearning for and needing love. All kinds of love. Familial and romantic. And to some degree it is about mourning the loss of the parents we want and accepting the ones we have.

The writing is at times filled with melancholy, despair, love, and pride - but is always beautiful and haunting. A book that stays with you long after the last page.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better August 31, 2012
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On the whole, I liked this book and enjoyed reading it. But something happened about 2/3 of the way through. It seemed rushed...or something, and the voice of the narrator (Sis) seemed different. I can't really put my finger on how it changed, but it was just different. I'm giving the book 3 stars because what started out with a bang, went out with a whimper. I would definitely read another book by this author, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! September 7, 2012
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I don't generally bother to review a book when I finish it, simply because most of them don't blow me away. This one did. I kept tearing up as I read and found myself grateful to be alone to read most of the book. I can't reveal the ending, but it was definitely not something I expected. It explained much more of the dysfunction in a much less obvious way. My heart was broken for all the broken hearts along the way and sorry not to witness all the healing that I hope and pray the characters lived out for the rest of their lives. I had forgotten the story wasn't about real-life people by the end, which says a lot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels real October 6, 2012
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Padgett Gerler gets everything right - solid writing with great characterization - in debut "Getting the Important Things Right." Anxious to read more from this gifted author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I read in a very long time. January 19, 2013
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Getting the Important Things Right was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It's a southern gem to say the least. It's a story of growing up in another time when family secrets stayed secret and children were kids having a good time being innocent but growing up hard at the same time. Finding your way through life was the challenge of the day and understanding your parents was no different than it is now except for the respect you had for them then. This book for difficult to put down, I read it every second I got a chance and hated to see it come to an end. The humor and sadness will stay with me forever. Well done Padgett Gerler. Looking forward to reading more of your books. Thank you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book and thought the haracters were well drawn
I enjoyed this book and thought the haracters were well drawn.. It gives new meaning to the phrase dysfunctional family.
Published 2 days ago by Phyllis Rayburn
4.0 out of 5 stars very different
I felt somehow like a part of this strange dysfunctional family from page one of the book. A good twist at the end.
Published 11 days ago by Marty McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book. I really enjoyed.
Published 13 days ago by B. Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want the story to end
I enjoyed the characters the humor side by side the pain. I did. Not want to put this book down.
Published 2 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunction hurts
I love that our heroine was always true to herself with her thoughts. Her brother was the epitome of what a brother should be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lu Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and insightful story
This is a story about love, hate forgiveness and family all rolled into one. How much can a person take and what can they do about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bonibolee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Chick Lit but a wonderful story of two generations; dysfunctional families; and their life experiences.
Yet they seem to get the important things right..
Published 4 months ago by Floridagal
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I really liked this book! Its one that when you get started reading it I found it hard to put down.
Published 4 months ago by stylinmom
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I liked it. It kept moving and didn't lag. You were able to get into the story right off the bat - you didn't have to work your way into it.
Published 4 months ago by Deena Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This product was exactly what I was looking for. I like that I can order it and have at my door in just a few days
Published 4 months ago by Jackie V.
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More About the Author

Padgett Gerler was born on the coast of South Carolina but grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. She has spent most of her adult life in the Coastal and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in accounting and enjoyed a career as a CPA in public and corporate accounting before leaving her profession in 2010 to write full time. Because of her immersion in southern culture and dialect, Padgett writes of the southern experience, from the mountains to the coast.

When she isn't writing, Padgett loves reading, especially other authors' takes on the southern experience. She also enjoys the beaches of North Carolina, travel, aqua aerobics, knitting, NC State basketball, and Wendy's hamburgers.

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