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Stormy Weather
     

Stormy Weather

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by Geri Buckley
 

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A wry, wise new novel of Southern dreams and second chances.

On the morning of her birthday, Vonda Thayer awakes from her American Dream to realize she's living a domestic nightmare. She plays happy homemaker to two whiny, self-absorbed teenagers, a ranting, divorced monster-in-law, and her knocked-up oldest daughter, who's just moved home to escape a

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A wry, wise new novel of Southern dreams and second chances.

On the morning of her birthday, Vonda Thayer awakes from her American Dream to realize she's living a domestic nightmare. She plays happy homemaker to two whiny, self-absorbed teenagers, a ranting, divorced monster-in-law, and her knocked-up oldest daughter, who's just moved home to escape a deadbeat boyfriend. In her free time, Vonda stalks her no-good husband and his bimbo du jour. And now her ailing, cantankerous father-in- law?the monster's very estranged ex?needs a nursemaid and a place to recover. Vonda seriously needs to replace that white picket fence with barbed wire.

When a hurricane rips through north Florida, it threatens to tear her already fragile family completely apart. It's up to Vonda to help them weather the storm and learn a few survival instincts in the process. The sun's going down on this desperate housewife, and dawn's breaking on a new, improved Vonda Thayer?

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Publishers Weekly

In this charming tale of female empowerment and midlife crisis, Vonda Thayer wakes up on her 50th birthday to realize that her husband, Jerome, is a womanizer, her children are spoiled rotten, and she is stuck caring for her embittered mother-in-law. Just as she decides to take steps to change her situation, her estranged father-in-law appears on her doorstep, her eldest daughter, Amelie, comes home pregnant, and a category five hurricane is set to hit the Florida panhandle. Vonda's attempts to get out from under her life will delight readers. While the characters are all rascals and losers (except for Vonda), readers will recognize the irascibility and warm familial sensibility in equal measure and appreciate the Southern vernacular, which Buckley handles with wit and aplomb. At times laugh out loud funny, Buckley's book manages to be both inspiring and realistic. The one weak point is the charming Jerome, whose cheating borders on obsessive and whose insensitivity to his wife rings false. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440654442
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
298 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Geri Buckley is the author of For Pete's Sake.

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Stormy Weather 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They watched
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nodded, padding to camp.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Florida Panhandle having just turned fifty and being married to the same man for thirty of them, Vonda Kay Thayer looks forward to the future with her husband as she believes they live the American dream. Vonda also fantasizes of the time when their teens move on as empty nest sounds heavenly even though her in-law will still be there. Everything changes when she catches Jerome cheating. Upset, Vonda decides to move on without him though she has two teenage daughters (Charlotte and Caroline) and a crusty mother-in-law at home.

However, before she tests her new vision, twin responsibilities leap into her lap. First her pregnant oldest daughter Amelie returns to the already insane fold followed by her ailing father-in-law. When a hurricane hammers the Panhandle, Vonda takes charge of her suddenly expanded family insuring everyone remains safe.

With a chick lit feel even without asides and the dreaded lists, STORMY WEATHER is an amusing yet poignant family drama. Vonda is a superb lead character caught in the eye of the storm even before the hurricane hits. She and the rest of the household and the ¿douche bag¿ spouse are fully developed so fans will believe in her ability to take charge during a crisis. Geri Buckley combines humor with seriousness inside an aptly named contemporary tale.

Harriet Klausner