Mary Kay Andrews is an absolute dream writer! She writes books that you can't put down! I'm reading her books as my kids are crying for food and my ears don't hear anything because I'm so wrapped up in her stories, so beware may be a danger to parenting :) Seriously, this is a great book my second favorite of hers, Hissy Fit comes in first! The Fixer Upper is about a woman who has lost her job and goes to fix up her dad's inherited home. It is a delightful read! I love HG TV and I love reading so this combines two of my favorite things! Mary Kay Andrews is the queen of Southern chick lit! I LUV her!
Smart, funny and engaging read. Sit back and enjoy Dempsey's attempts to fix her life and the house her father inherited. Great story and wonderful characters (especially Ella Kate). So many of my favorite authors have disappointed me with the books published this year. Thank you, Ms. Andrews, for a terrific read! Highly recommend.
Dempsey Killibrew has worked as a lobbyist for a very short time when a political scandal breaks and she finds herself without a job, broke and homeless. Her father comes up with the perfect solution, he has just inherited a house in Gurthrie, Georgia, that the lawyer assures him that with a TLC the house will sell for much more than it's current appraisal. He convinces Dempsey to get out of Washington and head to Georgia to give the house a good cleaning and a little paint and he'd split the profits with her.
Well when Dempsey get to the small town and sees the house she knows it a much bigger job than she ever imagined, plus she has inherited a 79 year old "mean old lady" and her dog as part of the deal. She also realizes that small town life is much different from anything she has ever experienced. Everyone knows everything about everybody.
She rolls up her sleeves and gets to work trying to return the house to the beautiful home it once was only to have the FBI come calling trying to pin the whole Washington scandal on her. We see a totally new Dempsey emerge as the story continues.
The was a very enjoyable story as are all of Mary Kay Andrews sagas. It's the kind of story that even after the last page is read you want to know more, after the crisis is over what happens to all the characters. You become so involved in the story, the family feels so real.
This was my first MKA book, and it will not be my last. Actually, since i've read The Fixer Upper i've read 2 others by MKA.
Call your friends, call your cousins, call your friends and tell them to read this book
Good characters and decently interesting plot but the language and style are much too crass for me and the message is not terribly edifying. The house fixing goes unrealistically smoothly. I gave two stars for Dempsey's relationship with the best character in the book - grumpy,elderly distant cousin Ella Kate. This thread in the book shows MKA's talent. But I wouldn't pass this one on to a friend.