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Women's Fiction Contemporary
The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns
with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an
old house . . . and her life.
After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations
firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist
Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and
homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her
father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family
place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will
take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn
the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.
But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in
Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the
moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows and
a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy
old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has
claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.
Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's
business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute
lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad
if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on
Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her
ex-boss from her.
All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work.
And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow
becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that
takes her to a place she never expected--back home again.
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