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I was sucked in by the first page and just couldn't put this book down. Her writing has a way of pulling the reader in and making them feel as though they are right there watching the story unfold before their very own eyes. She makes you feel every single emotion these characters are going through, too. Both stories made me tear up more times than I'm willing to admit, but they also had me rolling with uncontrolled laughter, too. I cried with them, I laughed with them, and then I found myself rooting for all of them in the end. It taught me that no matter how bleak things may look right now, there's still a chance for you to find your dream one day down the road.
Her characters are just like us, everyday working stiffs, just trying to find a way to get by in life. Things happen to everyone, but some worse than others. Her characters may be down and out, but they still find a way to cheer each other up. The loveable zany characters had me rolling on the floor with laughter, throughout the entire book, and believe it or not.... even in some of the saddest parts of the book.
I would highly recommend both books!
Gabe & Betts are High school sweethearts. Gabe impregnates Betts and leaves her when he finds out. Betts detestable Grandmother takes the baby and sells it. Betts becomes a famous, rich, Country singer and 17 years later, after the death of her Grandmother finds her son, Tom who has been raised by none other than his real Father, Gabe.
Gabe and Betts vow their undying love for each other and their son over and over but it takes forever for them to get to the happy ending. These two never have a meaningful conversation; it's always flirting and sexual innuendo. There is lots of sex between them, too much for me. Betts Mother is a character and funny and tries to help her daughter along the way.
People in this book chew the inside of their cheeks a lot...I wonder how that feels
You're surprised by Betts's interaction with her mother and their blatant disrespect for Betts's grandmother. Cherie wanted her to sing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead at Gigi's funeral.
While Betts's relationship with her mother seems to be less than good, they have a great time ribbing each other and throwing insults at one another that seem to just roll right off their respective backs.
As Betts's story unfolds, you begin a true roller coaster of feelings beginning with Betts finding the son that was taken from her when she was just a teenager. You'll feel the hatred for the baby's father and his family when they shun her. You'll also begin to hate her grandmother, Gigi, as much as Betts does.
You'll meet Betts's closest and dearest friends, Charlie & Lucky. These ladies bring their own brand of entertainment to the book and you love them for being by Betts's side when she needs them the most.
Betts went from rags to riches and you soon find out that Gabe, the boy who tossed her aside and father of her baby, has gone from riches to rags.
This book takes you on Betts's journey of getting to know her son, coming to terms with how things unfolded with his father, and trying to find a way to be a part of her son's life even if he never knows that she's her mother. Being the mother figure to her son presents itself when Tom comes to her with a serious problem that will test everyone's faith in each other.
Katie Graykowski did not disappoint with the twist on the ending of this book. I may just have to check out the next book in this series.
The characters are interesting and the dialogue is both thought-provoking and humorous.
'She could wrestle a rutting buck with one hand and bit@@-slap a rattlesnake with the other.'
'I have to hand it to you, it was brilliant to pit the town’s churches against each other.'
'Everyone has regrets. Life isn’t about counting those and rehashing them, it’s about loving who you are and finding your place. You were born extraordinary—that is your normal. Let go of the ideal because no one can measure up.'
No desire to re-read this story. I am interested in other works by this author.