Laugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick’s wonderful novel centers on one woman’s journey from an unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .
On the day Posey Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he’s left her broke and homeless. Posey married Chad ten years ago in hopes of finding the stability her hippie mother couldn’t provide. Instead she got all the trappings of security—house, car, seemingly respectable husband—at the price of her freedom.
Posey’s mother, Lark, accepts her daughter’s return home with grace, though her sister can’t resist pointing out that being a sweet Southern wife hasn’t worked out as planned. And so, with the Seven Deadly Sins as a guide, Posey decides to let loose for once. Envy is easy to check off the list—Posey only has to look at her best friend’s adorable baby for that. One very drunken night out takes care of gluttony. As for lust—her long-time friend, John, is suddenly becoming much more than a pal. One by one, Posey is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family—and what it really means to be good. And she’s finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart . . .
Praise for Sally Kilpatrick’s Novels
“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.”
--Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author on Better Get to Livin’
“Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave
the reader laughing through tears.” —RT Book Reviews on The Happy Hour Choir
“A pleasantly engaging take on Romeo and Juliet.”
—Library Journal on Bittersweet Creek
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Most in the south know, a simple “Bless Her Heart” is used in many ways, the honest and open goodwill is often the least of them. In fact, those three words are Posey’s least favorite in the English language – and you can believe she feels she’s heard (or used) it more than once. Married for five years to a rather controlling and wholly uncaring husband, and working in his ministry as an administrative assistant, she wakes one day to find him gone, the car repossessed and her bills piling up. With few to no options presenting themselves, she moves back to live with her mother Lark, a house she left hoping to find security, stability and a chance at her family being more “Leave it to Beaver” than Roseanne. Years with a more restrictive life focused on her husband’s ‘flock’ and the good works of the ministry, Posey’s married life was structured and moving forward – the only thing she thought was missing was a child. But, after the devastation of her marriage’s end, she’s in a bit of a crisis: while she truly tried to be good (as defined by her husband and their position) she’s left with nothing – and there should be something more. But, her crisis isn’t simple. Her sister suggests she finds her ‘goodness’ in travelling through the Seven Deadly Sins – and we are off. While the theme of this title does run into Christianity, the use of the sins and Posey’s reactions to her own testing of limits show that faith and belief, as well as an honest confrontation and realignment of those beliefs in lieu of new information, situations and even perspectives is both important and integral to learning to move on and find your path. Sure, there are moments when it overwhelms, but the core story is there – one of growth, self-affirmation and how to find your own path through the minefield that is often presented by family, friends and expectations. Posey missteps, redirects and redesigns her life, her beliefs and even herself as the story continues: with input from her family and friends and plenty of humor, the story is fun and easy to read – leaving readers with hope that change is possible and can be a positive, if you attack it in the right way. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
3.5 Stars rounded up For a while at the start of this book, I was really starting to get tired of hearing this "bless your heart" phrase and almost put the book down. Soon after that thought, it stopped and I realized that the author had to of put that in there to get us as sick of the phrase as the character. A character who really had to put up with a lot of crap, a lot of it no fault of her own. Well, it worked. Ha! So. . . just give it a chance. I found it to be a very fun, entertaining and enjoyable read. I was laughing and smh right along with the character for the rest of the book. Thanks to Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
I devoured this book several weeks ago, but have been having a problem writing a review because there are just so many aspect of this novel worthy of mention and discussion that I've had a hard time getting my mind around them. Somebody needs to write a thesis or dissertation on this book. Wait, I don't want to scare you off by suggesting this book is difficult or pretentious. The humor and voice make it highly enjoyable and the plot is page-turning. But, it is excellent in the way the best things are excellent -- it is deceptively simple. There are no narrator or point of view tricks. No wacky timeline manipulation. No warping of internal / external reality. The novel is first person, linear. Through this most familiar format, though, the author weaves a complex portrait of both individuals and society inching their way through the tangled wilderness left of the collapse of both traditional and sexual revolution values. Posey, the narrator, is the fatherless child of a hippie mother who has been raised by her Baptist grandmother. If that doesn't embody conflict on both personal and societal levels, I don't know what does. Poesy wants nothing more to have a child and provide for it the complete family she never had. But her husband is the worst sort of narcissist who abuses all the best things in life for self gratification -- faith, natural sexuality, and family loyalty. She sticks will him far too long in order to try to do the right thing. Only when he leaves her is she compelled to find her own way through a world that no longer offers clear paths. Guides are rather hard to come by in this world. All her fellow characters are also stumbling toward their futures. As an aside, I like to think the buttons on the cover are symbolic of the characters. They have pretty hearts pierced with holes and cut loose from their cloth. Props to to cover designer. Returning to the story, enter a fellow named John, jokingly nicknamed John the Baptist, who is just as deeply lost as Posey, but he shines a light, physically and spiritually, to a way forward. A lesser book would have made John the hero, the saving grace. But he is only an instrument. Did I mention that Posey's journey begins on Ash Wednesday? When the reminder of death is marked upon one's face in a gritty cross that also is the promise of the new life that will be fulfilled by Easter? And when does Posey's story end? Easter. That all sounds serious. But, the author has a wonderful sense of humor that infuses the work with joy. Hey, the seven deadly sins Posey faces during lent involve pole dancing and tequila. That's just a wee bit of the goodness you'll find in this book.