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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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Left me hanging...

I loved it. And then, it just ended. There were so many storylines left incomplete. Bummer.

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Great storyteller

Mary Kay Andrews is such a wonderful storyteller. I loved every minute and enjoyed the narration and southern accent.

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Nice book for a getaway!

This book was a new nice listen. Isabel Keating does a nice job with accents and varying the characters voices. A nice book for a getaway.

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A little unrealistic

This is way too sappy sweet and unrealistic in every day life but a good story nonetheless

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She didn't even finish the house?!

I bought this book specifically for the renovation [porn] excitement all tangled with intrigue and mystery. The build up was great but the climax was flat, no twist, no surprise. Laid out, executed and cut off ending without completing the house, which the book was named for!

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Very entertaining book with great characters!! Also enjoyed the narrator, she kept the book flowing.

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  • aimee
  • MARSHALL, MN, United States
  • 05-24-16

Loved

I always really enjoy her books they are fun easy comforting books I think I enjoyed even more this one because I enjoy refurbishing furniture and what not. The narrators are always great I have listened to allot of them more then once.

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Great fun read!

This book is really a great fun story. The writing is witty and clever and there is never a dull moment. It's not the deepest book in the world but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I look forward to reading much more from this author. This is a super beach read or grab the book for a plane ride and it's wonderful to listen to an audible because the narrator does such a great job.

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Loved the narration!

So enjoyable to listen to! Superb changes of accents and style kept it really interesting.

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  • Brooke
  • Conway, SC, United States
  • 02-12-16

Sweet story, Excellent narration!

This was a cute story and easy listen. Isabel Keating did a great job with all the characters, particularly Ella Kate. She brought Ella Kate to life... which I would have never gotten by just reading the book.