Book Reviews of Alison's Automotive Repair Manual

Alison's Automotive Repair Manual
Alison's Automotive Repair Manual
Author: Brad Barkley
ISBN-13: 9780312291389
ISBN-10: 0312291388
Publication Date: 3/10/2003
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book. Finished it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Alternately sweet, sad, nostalgic, and hopeful, the characters were "real" to me. Alison takes you along on her journey of understanding her deceased husband, her marriage, her grief (or lack thereof), the small-town "characters" she begins to see as 3-dimensional, and herself.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was one of those books I picked up at a library sale, mostly because I was intrigued by the title. It was a great surprise, as I did not expect a male author to show such insight into his female main character.

Alison is a young widow who starts working on a dead Corvette in her brother-in-law's garage to avoid facing the ruins of her life. Her terrible secret is that she is mourning not just her husband, dead from a freak accident in a home workshop, but the dying marriage she will never have a chance to fix. It was not only thought-provoking, it was funny, with a great cast of characters. Glad I picked it up!
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Helpful Score: 1
It was an o.k. read; nothing spectacular . Basically a love story with the added twist of car repair.
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Good read.
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Alison Durst has been mourning the death of her husband for two years. Living with her sister, Sarah, and her brother-in-law, Bill, Alison is unable to move on with her life or move back to her house. But now she has promised Sarah and Bill that she will start over, as soon as she renovates the nearly ruined 1976 Corvette rusting in her sister's garage. The trouble is, Alison knows nothing about cars. Then a cute demolition man offers help. Well-written, with subtle humor, and a surprising ending.