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It's all about the milk . . . when you're The Dairy Queen

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  • A positive pregnancy test for my sister.
  • A best friend who suffers momentary sanity.
  • A lifetime supply of "treaties" for my ...
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It's all about the milk . . . when you're The Dairy Queen

Want to know what I, said queen, wish for?

  • World peace
  • A positive pregnancy test for my sister.
  • A best friend who suffers momentary sanity.
  • A lifetime supply of "treaties" for my dog.
  • And something -- anything -- that would erase this capital L from my forehead.

Not necessarily in that order.

Dicey doesn't remember the exact moment her world went splashing counterclockwise down the toilets of Australia. But it must have been somewhere between divorcing her husband, losing her pajama empire and being kicked out of an -- admittedly dodgy -- apartment. Yet now that it's just her; a bottle of red and a bucket of pistachios (yum, dinner), is there anything beyond rock bottom?

Yes. It's called Moo.

Dicey knows running home to the cow-obsessed town with her sister, best friend and hulking Irish wolfhound is madness. But when the girls are soon overwhelmed, er, embraced by the locals, Dicey realizes the quiet anonymity she was planning on milking won't be possible. Especially when her sour city life suddenly invades and she discovers going home isn't the same thing as giving up.

Not even close.

Allison Rushby, full-time novelist, wife and mum, lives and works in her native Queensland, Australia. This is her third novel for Red Dress Ink.

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Who says you shouldn't cry over spilled milk? Allison Rushby, author of Hating Valentine's Day, turns it into crème brûlée in this contemporary romantic comedy of second thoughts and fresh starts. Dicey is the Dairy Queen, a talented artist who parlayed one pair of playful cow pajamas into a multimillion-dollar empire -- until her investor partner betrayed her and she separated from her husband. But she's not the only one feeling the crash and burn. There's her sister, Titch, undone by months of failed IVFs, and their best friend Sally, with a bit of an addiction problem. They return to their hometown of Moo to escape their failures. For Dicey, an encounter with a high school boyfriend, Dave, gives her another chance to examine her life and a possible future with her husband. Working with young children on their wish books gives the three friends a chance to redraw their own dreams. The relationships between the three women ring true, and the scenes with the children and their wish books, fresh and touching. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373895748
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Red Dress Ink Ser.
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong character study

    In Melbourne, Dicey is depressed as she loses her multi-million dollar business pajama business and her husband Simon who was having an affair thank goodness loyal Fergus the dog is there for her. Her sister Titch is heartbroken because she is unable to conceive even with IVF and her mate Andrew believes two strikes and your out. Their best friend Sally has broken her leg and depends on painkillers to get around. The three dejected women make matters worse when they see one another as misery loves miserable company. The trio agrees they need solace and where better than their black and white home town Moo. --- At home they each try to immerse themselves into the town¿s needs as a means of avoiding their personal woes. However, delaying what ails them does not make it better. Somewhere along the way each of these females will have to dump their troubles or get off the black and white pot to confront their tribulations. --- The lead three females provide readers with a wonderful tour of rustic Australia while coming home to lick their wounds and they hope get a respite from their anxieties. As each one struggles with major problems, the locals bring humor to the mix. Allison Rushby provides a strong character study starring a superb cast including the town in which everything is painted with black and white stripes. --- Harriet Klausner

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