Saturday, December 21, 2013

Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness by Stephanie McAfee, Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)

Ace finds out "happy ever after" is not easy to accomplish.  She thought she had it all and moved to Florida, had a beautiful home, owned her own art gallery and loved her man.  Or at least she thought she did.  When it didn't work out, she comes back home to Bugtussle and Grandma Jone's house.  She'll lick her wounds there and look for at least peace if not happiness.

Tantor and Edelweiss sent me a copy of this audio book for review (thank yoU).  It's 8 CD's and plays for ten hours, unabridged.  You can find a copy of it wherever audio books are sold.

This is chick lit.  I might mention the chicks are irreverent, loud-mouthed, and not at all politically correct.  Whatever you do, don't piss them off or you'll get put down like everything.  And if you don't like the mention of sex, this book isn't for you either.

Ace is snarky, fights back, tries to help and defend her friends, and also tries to solve a mystery of the past.  You see, Grandma Jones had some secrets.  The old ladies in the gardening club might enlighten her, but does she really want to know?  When she finds out, she wishes she could put that knowledge back in the box.  The plants and trees in the backyard were planted for the loss of a family member.  The extra trees were men close to Grandma.  Oh my...

Grandma was a widow, but Ace and her friends are just scandalized by the fact the old folks have sex.  (Yes, it's true.)  Another message in this book is how hard it is to serve your country and leave your loved ones behind. (That's true, too.)

Ace is not a quiet girl and her adventures continue from day to day.  This is almost like an audio soap opera.  If you feel like listening to a wild and crazy girl in a small town, this your audio book.  Ms. McAfee keeps it interesting and Ms. Campbell narration is entertaining.  Why not get a copy and see for yourself?

Happy listening.

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