Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl

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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl’s plus-sized spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones returns in a hilarious new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee.

Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos of Pelican Cove, Florida. She’s finally opening her long-dreamed-of art gallery, is kick-starting a life with her fiancé, Mason, and has vowed to leave her straight-talking, sassy ways behind her. From ...

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Overview

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl’s plus-sized spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones returns in a hilarious new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee.

Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos of Pelican Cove, Florida. She’s finally opening her long-dreamed-of art gallery, is kick-starting a life with her fiancé, Mason, and has vowed to leave her straight-talking, sassy ways behind her. From now on, she’s going to be as sweet as sugar. Unfortunately, something comes along to sour her plans.

That something is Mrs. Lenore Kennashaw and her coterie of crones. They’re a bunch of snippy, snarky, and just plain mean ’ol ladies who aren’t quite as smart or rich as they’d like to think they are. But that doesn’t stop them from treating everyone else like second-class citizens. And when Ace inadvertently takes some of the steam from Mrs. Kennashaw’s stride, she becomes their #1 enemy. But with the support of a new group of fabulous friends, as well as her friends from Bugtussle—and her always-faithful chiweenie Buster Loo—Ace will find a way to make it, even if she has to throw some weight around…

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“I’m going to be nice. Even if it kills me,” Ace Jones declares in McAfee’s latest (after Diary of a Mad Fat Girl). The Southern girl with a big attitude may bite her tongue when she starts a new life in the exclusive community of Pelican Cove, Fla., with her lawyer fiancé, Mason McKenzie, and a new art gallery. Before long, Mason’s long hours on the job have Ace questioning their future together, and Lenore Kennashaw, Ace’s arch nemesis in Pelican Cove, seems to be doing everything in her power to ensure that Ace fails at her endeavors. Lenore may have her cronies, but there are a set of wily, witty, and free-spirited women who recognize her as a fraud and befriend Ace. Will Ace’s willpower hold, or will she release her full fury and show Lenore who is really queen? Though Ace struggles with love and career, McAfee’s latest is fun and clever, and Ace is still a firecracker if not the full-out brush fire she once was. An overly melancholy ending leaves the reader guessing if Ace will retreat or push forward with all guns blazing next time out. Agent: Susanna Einstein and Molly Reese, LJK Literary Management. (Nov.)
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"Whimsy and sharp-edged humor abound in this upbeat and only slightly crazed adventure." —-Midwest Book Review Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451238054
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 434,718
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie McAfee

Stephanie McAfee was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and now lives in Milton, Florida, with her husband, young son, and chiweenie dog.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    Reviewed by: April Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

    Reviewed by: April
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    Happily Ever Madder is an excellent story that combines tons of humor, fun and emotions. I guarantee that you will laugh, cry, squeal and shake your head in exasperation.




    I had previously read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, which is the book that comes before this one (though they can be read as stand-alones, it adds an extra understanding and depth if you read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl first) and absolutely loved it! Ace Jones is such a hoot and I could not help but fall in love with her and her sassiness and guts! She has such a strong self-worth and isn’t afraid to let someone have it if they tick her off. All I can saw is that there is nothing not to love about this character.




    In Happily Ever Madder, we get to delve into Ace’s new life with her fiance and the love of her life since she was eleven-years-old, Mason. They have settled into their new lives in Pelican Cove, Florida, Ace has her very own art gallery where she can spend her days doing what she loves – painting – and planning the wedding of her dreams. All should be perfect, but it isn’t. The dreams that Ace had always imagined coming true, have, yet they are not as wonderful as she had envisioned. She misses her friends back in Bugtussle, she has a craggy old lady with a stick up her tush who will do anything to make her life miserable stalking her, Mason is always gone at work and she misses teaching. It’s a good thing for her devoted chiweenie Buster Loo and a rockin new group of friends that she had made in Pelican Cove, or Hurricane Ace would probably wipe out the town.




    I think that one of the things that draws me to both Happily Ever Madder and Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is the writing style of Stephanie McAfee. She writes in such a no-holds-barred way that I cannot help but be wrapped up within the story and the characters. Her writing style is simply “in your face” hilarious and would more than likely offend the easily offended. I, however, love it and found myself laughing out loud several times. I could not help but be endeared to Ace – she is sassy and holds nothing back, yet there is a soft and slightly insecure side to her that tugged at my heart. The secondary characters are just as lively and vivid as well. I found myself hooked on Ace’s new group of friends consisting of Jalena, Tia, Olivia and Avery – I had a particular fondness for Jalena who has went through men like water, but still holds out hope of finding that one special guy.




    As for the relationship between Ace and Mason, I went very back and forth with this one. I loved Mason and thought they were a great couple, however the tension and torment of his long hours and all-consuming job as a Real Estate Lawyer add a lot of strain. His devotion to Ace is utterly sweet and their chemistry is good, though not mind-blowing. Of course there is a little bump in the road with a certain hunky sex God on two legs…




    I finished reading Happily Ever Madder with tears and am dying to read the next book in the series. The ending is the perfect cliff hanger ending and left me with my mouth wide-open for the simple fact that I could not believe that Ms. McAfee would conclude in such a way that left me dying to know what happens next! Ace is the perfect Southern sassy gal with real life problems and very creative ideas on how to deal with her problems. I highly recommend Happily Ever Madder to anyone looking for the perfect sassy Southern girl book that will have you rolling with laughter and your heart tugging with emotion. Stephanie McAfee is a supreme talent and one of my favorite authors!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Love...love....love

    I love this series! She is a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    I loved this book! Ace Jones is funny and a whole lot crazy! Thi

    I loved this book! Ace Jones is funny and a whole lot crazy! This book will have you laughing, but you really need to read Dairy of a Mad Fat Girl first to really understand Ace and her love Mason. Great kob Stephanie can't wait till book number 3 comes out in summer 2013!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    Graciela Jones ¿Ace¿ has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live

    Graciela Jones “Ace” has just moved to Pelican Cove, FL to live with her long time love and fiancé, Mason. Not only is she about to marry the man she’s loved most of her life, but she is opening an art gallery—a dream come true. On the opening night of her gallery, Ace finds she’s made an enemy of socialite, Lenore Kennashaw.




    Even though all her dreams seem to be coming true, Ace finds herself wanting hot construction worker Kevin. She can’t seem to get her dirty mind off him and all his hunkiness. She wouldn’t have so much time to think about Kevin, but the gallery is well boring. Not nearly as glamorous as she thought it would be oh and even at home she has time on her hands because Mason is ALWAYS at work.
    After Ace starts settling in to her new life, she makes a group of great girlfriends to hang out with and even meets some of the neighbors. Do not get her started on the crazies running the homeowners association!




    Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl is the sequel to Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. I have not read the first book, and I would say you don’t have to, but my guess is I would have enjoyed the second book more had I connected more to Ace. I really didn't ‘get her’ or her big attitude.
    I really couldn't relate to Ace and I felt she was very immature for her age. Even though I really didn't connect with her, I did find the book to be somewhat funny and over the top. Not really my thing, but if you are looking for a light easy read I'm sure you'll enjoy it.




    I would mention there is language in this book (*not a judgment! I felt her use of language worked for her characters, this is just to let people know).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Love Ace's adventures.  She's my hero.  Looking forward to book

    Love Ace's adventures.  She's my hero.  Looking forward to book # 3!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Very disappointing in the ending

    Ace just seemed whiny in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl.

    Very disappointing, loved the first book Diary of Mad Fat Girl. However, it took a while for the story to start and the ending was a big letdown. Ace lost her likable qualities in this book. She turned into a ungrateful person.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Not as good as first

    THis wasn't as good as the first because those were HUGE shoes to fill. The first was so freakin good. I think the storyline needs to stay in Bugtussle. THat was a better storyline than this one. still a good read though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Give Buster-Loo his own book and skip the rest of this! I re

    Give Buster-Loo his own book and skip the rest of this! I read the first novel, 'Diary,' a year or so ago after a friend recommended it: it was a hoot and a half where I found myself laughing out loud. So I was just angry with this--to the point I don't know that I will read the next installment. And with the way this ends, there has to be a next installment--even though I must admit that if this were the 'end' for Ace's story, I would not care. Here, the young woman you can laugh with, roll your eyes with, root for (when you're not wanting to slap some sense into her) in 'Diary' has been changed into a slovenly, largely drunk, loud-mouthed slob who spends the entire book whining about her life (a life she has chosen) and jeopardizing the love of a man who has stood by her ridiculous antics for their entire lives. Really? A guy like this (smart, educated, gorgeous, trying hard to be a success, so granted, a bit of a workaholic) who indulges her every whim (such as financially and morally supporting her failing gallery venture) is going to put up with this kind of incredible stupidity? Ace displays the maturity level of a 15 year through most of this chaos--and the characters we really liked from this first book are largely absent. Why anyone in this would care about what Ace does, where she goes, is beyond me. I found myself just recoiling from everything she did, said, thought. However, I realize that may very well be the point: to show Ace 'falling off the deep end' and throwing what should be a new chapter of her life into total chaos due to her total inability to behave like a grown-up. BUT I find this just goes too far; instead of cheering for Ace to get back on track, I just ended up disliking her to the point of loathing. So why two stars here? Buster Loo continues to be a charming, Chiweenie. The dog is a doll.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Loved it!!!

    More please, I can hardly wait to see what Ace Jones is going to pull next, fantastically funny character!! Laughed out loud with both books, hurry I need more. Delightful story, very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    What happens next?

    With an ending that leaves you hanging, I'm hopeful for a book 3. Doesn't have the laugh out loud quality of Fat Girl, but still full of fun and that Ace-only spunk. We are introduced to several new characters and, at books end, there are many unanswered questions about certain folks and some missing items. I must have had some missing pages between 59 and 65 because one page didn't lead to the next. If there is a book 3, I most certainly will read it and hope to discover that Ace's "covert-ops" didn't go unnoticed and she can have some vindication. Ace Jones is still my hero!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    So-SO

    LOVED the first book but enjoyed this one too! Did not like the ending so i hope there will be a book #3 about Ace Jones. Love the fact that I know about many of the places & events talked about in this novel:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Another great read!

    First time read for this author (three books total) but I thought her books were great. Funny too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Love these books

    This book is freakin hilarious i cant wait to read the next one and hope she keeps writing more

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    Posted May 8, 2013

    Midnight

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    Posted May 6, 2013

    Saturn bio

    Abra res two.

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