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About Sandra Hutchison
Born and raised in Florida, Sandra Hutchison survived a transplant to a small, snowy New England town during high school and eventually stopped sulking about it, though it's possible she's still working it out in her fiction. She currently lives in Troy, New York.
Before retiring to write and procrastinate full time, Sandra worked as an adjunct English professor, acquisitions editor, marketing manager, copywriter, and creative director. The manuscript for her first novel, THE AWFUL MESS, was one of five general fiction semifinalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
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Six years after the events of THE AWFUL MESS, tensions run high in Lawson, New Hampshire, when a Somali Bantu refugee family moves in. Can the same people who welcomed Mary Bellamy and her scandalous pregnancy open their hearts to newcomers who appear to have far less in common with them? When a horrific accident involving town cop Winslow Jennings highlights those differences, it's not just the town but both families that face difficult choices.
What might this mean to marriage already coping with secondary infertility and a cranky old man who won't turn the television down? What might it mean to the little boy who still doesn't know about his biological father?
Meanwhile, Mary's friend Annie Soper faces a sustained campaign against her from a wealthy newcomer. A visiting Scottish ex-pat distracts Annie from her troubles with the possibility of romance, but after the disaster of her first marriage, can she trust him?
Sandra Hutchison returns to the Jennings family and other favorite Lawson characters with this timely new stand-alone novel about loving our neighbors as ourselves. Start reading it today!
After her husband finally gets someone pregnant and it isn’t her, editor Mary Bellamy starts over in tiny, affordable Lawson, New Hampshire in 2003 just as the dot.com bubble is bursting.
Newly-divorced, Mary assumes her infertility rules out most serious relationships. So she’s taken aback when the local Episcopal priest may be interested in more than just saving her soul. Then there’s the handsome local cop who confuses her by being an excellent kisser who supports gay marriage, but doesn’t believe in premarital sex.
Before long Mary’s keeping a scandalous secret at great cost to her personal happiness. Worse, her deteriorating ex threatens what little she has left. But Mary may find that while her new life has brought dangerous new risks, it can also deliver unexpected blessings.
If you enjoy a snarky heroine, an occasionally spicy love story, building suspense, and a genuine moral quandary, start reading THE AWFUL MESS today.
This stand-alone story includes group discussion questions.
PRAISE FOR THE AWFUL MESS
"It renews me as a reader, to enjoy a book so much; and as a writer, see it done so well." – Tim Farrington, author of THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS
"THE AWFUL MESS is a wonderful read!" – Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
"Read THE AWFUL MESS: A LOVE STORY and you'll go to bed more optimistic than when you got up today." – Hard to Please Book Lover
“…utterly delightful and refreshing, with believable, unique characters that drew me in right from the beginning.” – Anne M. Bennett
"I enjoyed the writing, cared about the characters, and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next!" – Alec Hastings
“The characters are unforgettable. Our 'heroine' is as believably funny, self-critical, bull-headed, and resourceful as your best friend.” – E. Browne
“5 of 5 Stars.... Yes, it's romance and a love story, but it's much much much more than that.” – Sue Ward
However, the Jennings family has it easy compared to their young cousin Megan Cantwell. She’s just come home from college when her whole life blows up. In the aftermath, she offers a home to the daughters of a local preacher’s son who has lost his young wife to an overdose and is struggling with his own recovery. She’d squashed her unrequited feelings for him long ago, but she can’t help rooting for him and his two little girls now.
This may be her second chance at romance, but she'd have to be crazy to get involved with a heroin addict. Wouldn't she?
How far should forgiveness go? How do we avoid crossing the line between supporting those we love and enabling them? In THE UTTER CATASTROPHE, Sandra Hutchison applies her trademark warmth and wit to the wrenching dilemmas of families coping with addiction and loss — and hoping against hope for a happy ending.
It's 1977 in a small New England town. Physics professor David Asken doesn't know how he survived the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter, but he figures he must have run for it. Now he's quietly planning to kill himself. Sixteen-year-old neighbor Molly Carmichael, who used to be the babysitter, isn't exactly eager to keep house for him while he recuperates. She's busy trying to cope with her flamboyant artist mother's highly sexual art and highly sexual lifestyle, her own adolescent stirrings, and her own place in the community.
But that's all nothing to the dangers she'll face after a conflict with her best friend's father.
Will the unexpectedly tender connection that grows between David and Molly help them survive their individual traumas, or make them worse?
This provocative coming-of-age novel asks: Is there ever a time when doing the wrong thing might be exactly right?
If you like book club fiction with unforgettable characters, mounting suspense, and a moral dilemma that will leave you thinking long after you finish, you'll love this novel that Tim Farrington (THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS) calls "a gutsy, beautiful book."
"It's rare that a story captivates me so deeply, but David and especially Molly will live with me forever."
~ S.M. Freedman, author of THE FAITHFUL and THE DAY SHE DIED
Includes a reading guide.
If you need trigger warnings, this book is not for you.
The video of Dori turning down Joe’s marriage proposal at the prom is probably still floating around their little New England hill town, but she wouldn’t know, because she can no longer afford a cell phone or internet access. When he reappears in her life, she can't tell if he's bent on revenge, friendship, a second chance, or another landscaping client.
She also doesn't know who to trust when a media mogul tries to claim her famously dead Southern novelist father's last, unfinished manuscript. But she's going to find out the hard way when her thoughtless blackface joke blows up on social media.
Dori flees notoriety and the odd death tweet with a new Black friend who has her own ambitious agenda. Cue a rollicking journey into long-buried Southern family secrets that might just show Dori the way home.
If you're looking for a Jane Austen-loving reunion romance with the topicality of Jodi Picoult and the affectionate humor of Anne Tyler, you’ll love this novel by the author of THE AWFUL MESS.
Includes discussions questions.
PRAISE FOR BARDWELL’S FOLLY
"…deftly crafted and consistently compelling ... an extraordinary novel that underscores author Sandra Hutchison's genuine flair for originality and storytelling." — MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"A mixture of romance, intrigue, family secrets, past lives, and a house that is as much a character as Tara was in GONE WITH THE WIND." — Julie Failla Earhart, ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK CHALLENGE
“This author’s books are always a delight… It's like putting on a pair of comfy slippers, grab your throw, hot chocolate and laze on the sofa and read. That's how much I love her books.” — Sue Ward
“Funny, thought provoking, intelligent and time well spent with characters who felt very real.” — Amazon reviewer
"I started this book one Saturday morning and didn't do anything else until I read the last page." — Amazon reviewer
Diego knows a young woman like Kathy would never consider him a potential romantic partner. But he's proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and already has enough baggage to worry about without pining for his sometime boss, even if she does open her home to him when he really needs it.
Kathy and Diego are about to uncover secrets about their origins that will change their whole concepts of themselves. And when ICE gets involved, they'll have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for the other.
Suffused with Hutchison’s trademark wit and warmth, DISORGANIZE ME dramatizes the wrenching choices faced by so-called "dreamers" and mixed-status American families. If you like hopeful, fast-paced book club fiction with the affectionate humor of Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Berg and the topicality of Jodi Picoult, you'll love this gripping novel by the author of THE AWFUL MESS.
PRAISE FOR DISORGANIZE ME
“A moving love story… this politically charged novel moves along well and has characters readers will care greatly about.” – Jack Rightmyer, Albany Times Union
"A nuanced, warm, and necessary read, especially now. I couldn't put it down." – Barbara Bos, Managing Editor @womenwriters
"...Hutchison weaves real-world issues into this contemporary novel with nuance and care and without overpowering the central story of two young people figuring out how they fit into society, their own families, and each other’s lives.” – Jennifer Klepper, author of UNBROKEN THREADS
“With compassion, warmth, and a clear eye for what matters, Hutchison shows us how messy love can be and, ultimately, how worth the trouble it really is." – Margo Catts, author of AMONG THE LESSER GODS
“I always look forward to a new Sandra Hutchison novel, and they are always worth the wait…. Her characters are well developed and human…. “Disorganize Me” receives 6 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.” – Julie Failla Earhart, St. Louis Public Library Book Challenge