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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 41 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 25, 2018
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- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07L5YN9Y4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,328 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
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Well, one thing An Awful Mess isn't is an awful mess!
What an engaging first novel. Congratulations to Sandra
Hutchinson. I loved it. Really.
This is sterling story telling! And more than that, a compelling read.
I am reminded of the saying: Life is what's happening while you're making other plans. A classic example.
Believable characters. Intriguing plot. Loved the style.
The interesting side characters and sub-plots.
Refreshingly addresses contemporary issues, i,e. marriage, sex, babies, divorce, religion, relationships, small town life, careers... you name it,
with appropriate climaxes (excuse the pun) in the right places.
It's a contemporary "Everyman" tale...(and for women, of course)... who've lived a little and know life.
Unlike the heroine in Laura McLain's excellent "The Paris Wife", (Hemingway's first wife - who often seemed to give up and just let things happen to her), Mary, the protagonist in "The Awful Mess" is aware of her circumstances. But is always pro-active.
Mary is soft and sensitive, but no wimp.
I strongly recommend his one to everyone who values good stuff in this genre.
This book has a great market... with lots of readers.
I smell a huge success.
Author, Chasing the Muse,
The Sun God Is A Ham.
Slice of Life
Hooked on a Horn
But: You do want to read this book. The characters are unforgettable. Our 'heroine' is as believably funny, self-critical, bull-headed, and resourceful as your best friend. The priest is as creepy and weak-willed as he needs to be. The romantic interest is a satisfyingly good guy but with some quirky aspects: good-looking but with a bit of a paunch, nearing 40 and single, suspected by the town chatterers to be closeted gay, living with his holy-roller but totally loveable farmer dad.
The dialogue is among the most believable I've ever read in recent American fiction. The plot has some impractical twists including a surprise appearance by the evil ex-husband, and later his radical conversion to born-again Christianity. (Ways to be and not be religious are a sub-theme of the book that is handled very well.)
In all a most satisfying read and I was very sorry to reach that 98% point on the Kindle. I only have one suggestion for the author: When you introduce a cat, especially one adopted from a shelter for company, you can't just drop him for the next 9 chapters. Do something with him! All the heroine's running around town had me worried for the poor guy. Only near the end of the book does someone remember to feed him. This could have been another nice dimension of the novel but it was not carried through.
That said, excellent writing and super characterization.
Some may complain about the priest having a tryst with Mary. People do strange things when they are lonely. Emotions overcome common sense.
The drama in the book was holy cow type. The thoughts, the love, the emotions and preaching were all wonderful. I knew all of the Bible verses.
If this was the author's first book, WOW! But then she has a good background for writing. Can't wait to read the next one.