Josie Toadfern has a nickname that haunts her to this
day. Nosy Josie is what she is known by in her small town,
and has haunted her ever since she was in grade school. So
what if she is curiously gifted, she has friends, her own
business, and Owen, her boyfriend who at this moment away
visiting his son.
So, when Mamaw Toadfern requests that she comes to
Thanksgiving dinner with the family that ostracized her,
she begrudgingly goes. Now is if faced not only with the
family who wanted nothing to do with her, but also the
parents who abandon her when she was two. Stuck between a
rock and the hard headed family, Josie try's to make the
best of it until a fight breaks out leaving a sour taste
in her mouth.
Sharon Short's character Josie is quite possibly one of
the most likeable characters I have come across. Quirky
and a wild imagination leads her into more trouble then
what some things are worth. Filled with humor and a family
who would drive anyone nuts, this is a wonderful story.
Small-town laundress Josie Toadfern has her own fair share
of dirty laundry -- namely the Toadfern clan! Ostracized
from the family unit ever since her parents dumped
eight-year-old Josie in a local orphanage, the stain-busting
dynamo's stunned to find herself invited to crabby old
family matriarch "Mamaw" Toadfern's Thanksgiving celebration
-- and too curious to refuse.
But an even bigger shock is waiting for her there: Josie's
long lost mom and pop, blandly unapologetic and full of new
-- probably illegal -- get-rich-quick schemes. And when a
dead body is tossed into the already explosive chaos of
bitter feelings, intra-family feuding, and incinerated
turkey meat, Josie finds herself in the most uncomfortable
position of having to prove her disreputable dad innocent of
murder. But cleaning up messes is Josie's business. And
sometimes blood is thicker than cranberry sauce -- and a
much more difficult stain to eliminate.