Divorced by a husband who wanted children she couldn't have, editor Mary Bellamy has left the Boston suburbs to telecommute from tiny, affordable Lawson, New Hampshire. All she wants is peace and quiet and maybe a cat. But an unhappily-married Episcopal priest who's trying to save her heathen soul might be susceptible to more earthly temptations. And the handsome local cop who's also an excellent kisser confuses her by being in favor of gay rights, but opposed to sex before marriage.
Soon Mary's keeping a scandalous secret at great cost to her own happiness. Worse, her disintegrating ex-husband threatens what little she has left. But in this witty and affectionate tale of small town life, Mary discovers that the connections she's made can result not only in terrifying risks, but in unexpected blessings.
If you like small town fiction with compelling characters, page-turning suspense, and occasionally spicy romance, you'll love THE AWFUL MESS. "Look inside" to give it a try today.
"THE AWFUL MESS is a wonderful read!" -- Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
"It puts me in mind of Jane Austen, the moral mathematics here....It renews me as a reader, to enjoy a book so much; and as a writer, see it done so well." -- Tim Farrington, author of THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS
A semifinalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Includes group discussion questions.
The Sex and Language Warning: This book has bad behavior in it, including a couple of fairly explicit sex scenes and some language some might prefer to avoid.
The Religion Warning: This book contains religious themes, but if you require piety and reverence in such matters, this is not the book for you. Skeptics will probably be able to cope.