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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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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.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fun, complex story

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.






6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great story

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • JEAN
  • nederland, TX, United States
  • 01-21-11

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Summer
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 09-15-09

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • United States
  • 04-06-13

Wonderful!

This is my first read by Ms. Andrews, I was captured the in the first five mins. of her book. I could imagine that I was right there in Guthier, GA. I listen on my way to and from work. This is my destressing time. I have found that my driving is calmer, when I arrive home I am not as tense.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Antonia
  • 05-21-17

Southern Style Romance

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

Feelgood Southern Romance

Would you recommend The Fixer Upper to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend this to those who want a traditional romance with a touch of Southern comfort (not the drink) and hospitality. There is a satisfying story-line of corrupt politicians and lobbyists being chased by the FBI as well as predictable but sweet themes of a woman finding courage, romance and a sense of self and belonging. I guess this is a 'New Southern' book, a little nostalgic but also gently aware of prejudices it would like to leave behind. The story is like comfort food, full of the manners, houses, friendships and eccentricities of a small Georgia community with one foot in the past and one pointing towards the future.

What does Isabel Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Isabel Keating paces the narration well & creates good voices and accents for the characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sometimes our future is where we least expect.

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  • Ann in Durham
  • 08-19-09

Enchanting, Captivating and Beautifully-written

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