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The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska

The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska, December 2015
by Eileen Curtright

Little A
Featuring: Rebecca Meer
ISBN: 1503947610
EAN: 9781503947610
Kindle: B00VOLHKHA
Paperback / e-Book
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"Situations are clever and humorous throughout the story"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska
Eileen Curtright

Reviewed by Kay Quintin
Posted November 24, 2015

Women's Fiction | Contemporary Women's Fiction

Life in the small town of Ward makes life confusing for Rebecca Meer. A single mom of a brilliant 10-year-old, Becky has just been named part owner in the Nebraska fertility clinic with eccentric Dr. Thad. Mitchell is thought to be a product of the fertility clinic's donations. There is no such thing as a secret in this community, which Becky soon finds out.

Having disagreements with her son's new teacher, Kevin Holts, is the least of her problems, or so she thinks. Dr. Thad is losing his mind and it looks like the business is heading downhill, and Kevin is her ex-boyfriend who is now super successful. Kevin and Becky's views on schooling apparently differ, especially when it comes to charity and the school food drive. The further the business falters and she is expected to pick up the slack at work, the more demanding are her issues with her son and school. Between her sexual trysts with Hayes Bandercook at the Fox Motel and juggling her everyday life, Becky's frustration is about to catch up with her. When the truth comes out and everything blows up, Becky has to learn to start over.

This was not one of the most enjoyable books I have read, however, THE BURNED BRIDGES OF WARD, NEBRASKA certainly had its moments. The reading, to me, was not something that left me as relaxed as I usually intend when enjoying a book. I firmly believe Eileen Curtright is a gifted writer, just not the style that I enjoy most, but the situations are clever and humorous throughout the story.

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There are no secrets in a small town. For someone like Rebecca, that can get awkward.

Rebecca Meer’s hometown of Ward, Nebraska, is small—so small that she can’t even sneak home after a drunken girls’ night without running into at least three people she knows. But she has bigger problems than her reputation. The head doctor at her fertility clinic is losing his mind, and his wild behavior could cost them the business. Her supersuccessful ex-boyfriend has blown back into town and somehow become her son’s fifth-grade teacher—now her son is asking awkward questions about the end of their relationship. Rebecca can’t even run the PTA’s annual food drive without getting mixed up with criminals. In Eileen Curtright’s astute comedy, we see just how far a stressed-out single parent will go to be the “perfect” mother.

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