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