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A Bad Day for Sorry (Stella Hardesty, Bk 1)
A Bad Day for Sorry - Stella Hardesty, Bk 1
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her fiftieth birthday. A few years later, she's so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown. Some men ne...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312643232
ISBN-10: 0312643233
Publication Date: 5/25/2010
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed A Bad Day for Sorry (Stella Hardesty, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
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This is one of those OMG you have to read it books! Stella is a 50-something woman and she has 2 jobs. By day (Mondays and Wednesday thru Saturday), she runs a sewing machine repair and notions shop. But on Sundays, Tuesdays and at night she has a much darker but more important job. She attends to her parolees - only she's NOT working on the side of the law. Stella is standing up against men that beat their wives & girlfriends. She's rehabilitating them. Rumors fly around her small Missouri hometown regarding her activities but Stella doesn't mind. They help insure that these losers stay on the straight and narrow.

The only problem - Stella has the hots for the local Sheriff - Goat. Oy Vey! When a parolee disappears with the baby of a client, Stella is on the job and won't stop until baby Tucker is back with his mama.

VERY GOOD book. I loved the darkness and humor that Ms. Littlefield brought to the pages. I hope this will continue on to another installment.
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First Line: Stella knew from experience that Roy Dean Shaw wasn't a particularly brave young buck.

Just before her fiftieth birthday, Stella couldn't take it anymore. When her abusive husband laid into her, she dispatched him with a wrench. Now a few years later, she's so busy helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and handing out her own brand of justice, there's scarcely any time left for her to run her sewing shop.

Stella works outside the law, so she's free to do whatever it takes to convince these violent men to stop what they've been doing. All she has to do is keep her distance from Goat Jones, the handsome local sheriff. When young mother Chrissy Shaw asks for Stella's help with her abusive husband, Roy Dean, it looks like just another day in Stella's office. But when Chrissy's two-year-old son is taken from her, Stella finds that she's got a lot more to worry about than skinny old Roy Dean.

A Bad Day for Sorry has to have one of the most memorable prologues I've read in years. Stella is an original; she endured an abusive husband for years, and as a result she tends to view things differently from those of us who haven't. Her own homegrown brand of justice must appeal to any woman who's found our existing legal system less than ideal for dealing with a man who believes beating the crap out of a woman is a divine right.

Unfortunately for Stella, word of mouth has spread, and she's now got so much business that, not only is her real business-- the sewing shop-- suffering, she can't even have a day off:

"Stella picked off the sons-of-bitches one by one, leaving their women free to breathe easy, to live without dread as their constant companion. And now this sideline threatened to overtake her real job, the shop she'd inherited from Ollie, supplying the women of Prosper with sewing notions and keeping their sewing machines in good working order. Every time she thought she'd earned some time off, a new woman would show up, terrified or battered or both, but finally ready to make it stop. And Stella knew what kind of courage that took-- and she never turned a client away."

I liked the character of Stella and her voice, and although I did enjoy the book as a whole, I did have a couple of problems with it. For a woman in her mid-fifties, Stella has a tendency to behave as though she's ten feet tall and bullet-proof-- for example going alone to a deserted area after dark to meet someone when she knows something's not right. Chrissy Shaw, the young mother whose son is taken from her, begins her characterization as the complete blond bimbo-- totally cowed by an abusive husband, unable to think or talk above a slow stumble. Less than twenty-four hours after losing her son, Chrissy goes from Bimbo to Rambo in the blink of an eye. I just find it difficult to believe that someone who's been so completely under her husband's thumb could make such a stunning transformation that quickly.

But, as I said, I did enjoy this book. Stella is feisty and funny, and as long as she's not being beaten up on a regular basis, I can see myself reading this series for a long time to come. A word of caution, however: the language can be salty at times and there is violence. Both fell well within my parameters, but your mileage may vary.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am not really one for crime novels but I found the main character VERY believable and likable. Easy to read.
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To me this book is tired. The subject was not unique and overall the book itself was not interesting. To me the author was trying to create a Stephanie PLum from Janet Evanovich's series, but failed miserably. Well at least this is a series I need not read.
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reviewed A Bad Day for Sorry (Stella Hardesty, Bk 1) on + 422 more book reviews
A former abused wife who now helps others by making their abusers "parolees". A kick ass heroine with a need to help those less fortunate. Stella almost bites off more than she can chew when a kidnapped 2 year old is involved. 3.5 stars
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waited a long time to get this one--what a waste! The concept of the story was just stupid, what female could go around 'giving out justice' and not get caught. The concept of it taking place is Missouri would be alright if it wasn't made to sound like hicks all over the place. The characters just aren't believable and it fell flat in a few pages.
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I loved this book - humorous, yet serious too...moves along quickly. I will now want to read the next in this series.

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