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The Awful Mess: A Love Story (English Edition) di [Hutchison, Sandra]
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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.


SANDRA HUTCHISON's career has long shifted between teaching, writing, editing, marketing, and advertising, all of which she enjoys. She founded Sheer Hubris Press in 2013 so she could try using all these skills at the same time. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, she survived a transplant to Western Massachusetts in high school and has stayed in cooler climes ever since. She now lives with her family in the capital region of New York, where she teaches writing at Hudson Valley Community College.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 410
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  • Editore: Sheer Hubris Press; 1 edizione (17 gennaio 2014)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #725.645 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)
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10 di 10 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle IT ISN'T WHAT IT SAYS 3 ottobre 2013
Di Gene Hull - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
An Awful Mess?

Well, one thing An Awful Mess isn't is an awful mess!

What an engaging first novel. Congratulations to Sandra
Hutchinson. I loved it. Really.
This is sterling story telling! And more than that, a compelling read.
I am reminded of the saying: Life is what's happening while you're making other plans. A classic example.

Believable characters. Intriguing plot. Loved the style.
The setting.
The tone.
The pacing.
The interesting side characters and sub-plots.
Refreshingly addresses contemporary issues, i,e. marriage, sex, babies, divorce, religion, relationships, small town life, careers... you name it,
with appropriate climaxes (excuse the pun) in the right places.
It's a contemporary "Everyman" tale...(and for women, of course)... who've lived a little and know life.
Unlike the heroine in Laura McLain's excellent "The Paris Wife", (Hemingway's first wife - who often seemed to give up and just let things happen to her), Mary, the protagonist in "The Awful Mess" is aware of her circumstances. But is always pro-active.
Mary is soft and sensitive, but no wimp.
I strongly recommend his one to everyone who values good stuff in this genre.
This book has a great market... with lots of readers.
I smell a huge success.
Deservedly so.

Gene Hull
Author, Chasing the Muse,
The Sun God Is A Ham.
Slice of Life
Hooked on a Horn
21 di 22 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle The Awful Mess: A Love Story complicated and compelling 1 aprile 2014
Di Hard to Please book lover - Pubblicato su
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The Awful Mess is one of those books you open, expecting a good strong small town story. You get that, but so much more. Mary is a woman you won't necessarily fall in love with, but if you have a pulse you will totally empathize with where she is in her life and admire her for MOST of the choices she makes. Hutchison is a splendid, sure-footed author whose range of characterization tops any list...her portrayal of the complicated cop, Winslow, the excruciating pastor, Arthur, the unblinkingly disappointing mother and the entire cast of The Awful Mess is awesome. She never takes a fake step, never goes for the cliche. To this somewhat jaded reader, my only moment of disbelief was how wonderful, warm and embracing this small town turned out to be. But that's on me. Do yourself a favor and believe in your fellow man and woman again. Read The Awful Mess:A Love Story and you'll go to bed more optimistic than when you got up today. Bravo, Ms. Hutchison! And get to work. We need another book.
16 di 16 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A Pleasant Read 10 luglio 2013
Di Lynne Clark - Pubblicato su
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I confess that I read at least two or three early drafts of this novel, and I watched the characters develop into the intriguing people they are today. I always loved the protestation that this isn't The Scarlet Letter, given that it's set in a New England town with two characters named Arthur and Roger (a villain like Chillingworth), and features an adultery resulting in childbirth. But it's modern and timely, with a crumbling economy, a changing workforce, kindly treatment of an unmarried pregnant woman, and best of all, a universal presentation of human nature, which doesn't change at all, ever. Oh, how I LOVE Winslow's dad!
12 di 12 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Awful mess; wonderful characters 10 settembre 2013
Di E. Browning - Pubblicato su
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Reading the description of this book's plot, I had grave doubts. Divorce, debt, unemployment, a one-night stand with a priest, unexpected all sounded a bit too much like real life. :)

But: You do want to read this book. The characters are unforgettable. Our 'heroine' is as believably funny, self-critical, bull-headed, and resourceful as your best friend. The priest is as creepy and weak-willed as he needs to be. The romantic interest is a satisfyingly good guy but with some quirky aspects: good-looking but with a bit of a paunch, nearing 40 and single, suspected by the town chatterers to be closeted gay, living with his holy-roller but totally loveable farmer dad.

The dialogue is among the most believable I've ever read in recent American fiction. The plot has some impractical twists including a surprise appearance by the evil ex-husband, and later his radical conversion to born-again Christianity. (Ways to be and not be religious are a sub-theme of the book that is handled very well.)

In all a most satisfying read and I was very sorry to reach that 98% point on the Kindle. I only have one suggestion for the author: When you introduce a cat, especially one adopted from a shelter for company, you can't just drop him for the next 9 chapters. Do something with him! All the heroine's running around town had me worried for the poor guy. Only near the end of the book does someone remember to feed him. This could have been another nice dimension of the novel but it was not carried through.

That said, excellent writing and super characterization.
7 di 7 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Well Done, Ms. Hutchison! 23 dicembre 2013
Di Alec Hastings - Pubblicato su
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The Awful Mess is the story of Mary Bellamy's attempts to get her life back in order after a divorce. She moves to rural Lawson, New Hampshire and is befriended by the local Episcopalian priest and chief of police. If a little shaken, she is fairly optimistic. She has rid herself of an abusive husband, retained her editing job, bought a house, and made a new friend. Then, she loses her job at the same time she becomes responsible for someone else. Suddenly, she finds herself headed for disaster, trying to strike the right balance between accepting help and taking care of her own problems. Mary's story is poignant because it explores the nature of love. How do we recognize love? How do we distinguish it from desire, need, or illusion? This is an old question, of course. Judging by the divorce rate of the last fifty years, it's still of interest. I enjoyed the writing, cared about the characters, and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next! Well done, Ms. Hutchison!
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