I LOVE books about women trying to get their lives together while dealing with the chaos of family, career, and love. It doesn’t matter if the women are 25 or 55 the challenges and rewards are similar. When these books, ok some people refer to them as ‘chick lit’, are well written the characters are familiar and feel like a close friend. Mary Kay Andrews is a master at this genre and Fixer Upper doesn’t disappoint.
Dempsey is a D.C. lawyer, lobbyist on the fast-track when her boss becomes embroiled in a scandal. She finds herself unwittingly in the middle of it and out of a job. Her father gives her a project, supervise the ‘flip’ of a family home in a tiny Georgia town he hasn’t set eyes on in over 20 years. Dempsey has little choice but to agree and discovers it’s a much bigger project than anticipated with a distantly related squatter impeding progress. Dempsey finds out about strength, courage, family, and who she really is as she restores the house and her good name. Throw in some romance and the FBI and this book is a delightful way to spend an afternoon or evening! A fun read that I highly recommend.
When I finished this book I was surprised to discover that Mary Kay Andrews had included several recipes. There was one for Lynda’s Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup that on a cool, rainy night sounded like a perfect recipe to try. Between the fire roasted tomatoes and the red pepper flakes this soup had QUITE a spicy kick! Once you got past that it was delicious. Next time I’m leaving out the red pepper flakes!
Enjoy a book and have a Sweet Morning!