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The Fixer Upper | [Mary Kay Andrews]

The Fixer Upper

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.
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Publisher's Summary

The delightful New York Times best-selling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to fix up her house and her life.

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady 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 former 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.

©2009 Whodunnit, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Karen M. McGrady 09-01-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable Listening"

    Come on fellow readers! These books aren't read because they are literary masterpieces! They are just an enjoyable escape. This is my first MK Andrews book. If the others are equal to this I will defintely try another. I enjoyed the characters and the narrator did a great job. I liked that the author didn't over kill the plot. Yes, it was very predictable. Personally, I didn't care. I love chick lit! It's light and funny... a retreat from daily life.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 07-17-09
    Debra 07-17-09

    Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.

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    "Another treat from M.K. Andrews"

    Hilarious! Maybe more so because I was raised in central Georgia. Ms. Andrews always delivers light, fun stories with lots of true-to-life characters that make you laugh. Her characters are people that we all have known somewhere, sometime in our own pasts. Another good summer read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    keynotes 09-06-12
    keynotes 09-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    This was a great listen. The narrator was especially talented, between the accents and voices. The characters were interesting also, but I was waiting for the epilogue, but it wasn't there. I would have liked to hear the wrap up on the other characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 11-06-12
    Heather 11-06-12
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    This was a great book. At first I thought I wouldn't like it but unlike other books in this genre, it had several complex storylines and brilliant characters. The narrator did an amazing job, particularly with all the Southern accents. I really enjoyed listening to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 09-15-09
    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 09-15-09
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    "Mary Kay Andrews never disappoints!"

    She has a true talent for portraying modern Southern life...I throughly enjoyed getting to know Dempsey Killebrew...great performance too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    apple mama 09-01-12
    apple mama 09-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "unexpectedly charming"
    If you could sum up The Fixer Upper in three words, what would they be?

    charming, heartwarming, funny


    Have you listened to any of Isabel Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of her other performances but will add her to my list.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an easy listen, lighthearted story

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    Angi Bristol, TN, USA 07-18-09
    Angi Bristol, TN, USA 07-18-09
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    "Predictable, but with a twist"

    Ok, so the formula isn't necessarily anything new, but let's face it "If it aint broke don't fix it". Having said that, I enjoyed this book. All the stuff going on in our heroine's life was enough of an added twist to be a wonderful accompionment to the predictability of the plot. I loved the mother character. We've ALL had these kind of moments with Mom! Plus the extra "small town" characters are really nice too, and add to the richness of the story. I would definitely recommend this book for a fun, feel good listen.

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    Julie Taylor 07-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Just fun!"

    Listened to this book over the last couple of days and it was a light, fun story. It really hit home because I listened while I was fixing up my family home for new tenants. Don't expect to tax your brain -- this is just what I needed to keep my mind distracted from the tedious chores at hand.

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    karen 10-12-14
    karen 10-12-14
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    "Love this book!"

    In fact, I love it so much I've bought it three times -- first as a paperback, then as an audible book, then again as a paperback, after I loaned out my first copy then never got it back. No problem: if any leisure reading is worth buying three times, this one is.

    "Mary Kay Andrews" is Kathy Hogan Trocheck when she's at home -- I got hooked on her after hearing her interviewed on a Canadian radio station while driving home from Vancouver BC late one night, and was impressed with her versatility as a writer, publishing in several different genres. I'd never read any of her numerous books -- 17 novels, 10 of them mysteries -- but this one is my favorite. First of all, I like make-overs, whether it's hairstyles, makeup, dresses or houses. There are several "I got fired, but inherited an old house, so I may as well fix it up" books -- see the "Orchard Mysteries" series by Sheila Connolly, also available on Audible, not to mention a whole fixer-upper series by Sarah Graves. They're all good -- but there's more "meat" in this one than most, since there's a parallel story running about how protagonist Dempsey Killebrew got taken by a clever lobbyist boss in Washington, and found herself on the front pages of the Washington Post, hung out to dry for her boss's misdeeds. And then there's Ella Kate, the irascible 80-year old termagant who's been squatting in the house, adding an extra layer of interesting oddball Southern characters who populate Guthrie, Georgia, the wide spot in the road where "Birdsong", the dilapidated mansion, sits.

    Lots of things get "fixed up" in "The Fixer Upper" -- not just the house, but just about everyone involved. And if you've been putting off doing some painting, tiling or floor refinishing yourself, it works as an inspiration, too. After listening to "Jimmy" - a real estate agent who paints houses for fun -- wax lyrical about the ethereal grace involved in applying a new coat of paint to an old room, I called a painter and set about doing some 'fix-it' work myself.

    Good book. But I guess I said that.






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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 01-21-11
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. THIS WILL BE ONE I LISTEN TO OVER AGAIN. IS LITE EASY LISTENING. GOOD CHARACTOR INTERACTION. MAYBE RIGHT BOOK RIGHT TIME BUT, WELL WORTH THE MONEY AND TIME. HAVE TOLD SEVERAL OF MY BOOK BUDDIES ABOUT IT. LOVE ELLA KATE AND SHORTY.

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    "Enchanting, Captivating and Beautifully-written"

    Captivating descriptive story with exquisite detail and description. Have enjoyed every second of it. More, more, more!

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