Bill Ludowski, owner of Kassenburg’s largest employer - Bill’s Big and Tasty Sausage- dies whilst he and Mandy Minhouser’s grandmother Lila Rose were doing their best Adam and Eve imitation under the hydrangea bushes. That Gran and Big Bill had an affair that began around the same time as World War II is a secret that everyone in town knows. But a new secret is about to be revealed. Big Bill has bequeathed the sausage factory to Lila, with Mandy as CEO.
Mandy doesn’t know squat about the sausage biz and Bill’s grandson Hughes, the factory’s CFO, does everything in his power to close the Big and Tasty. But Mandy has the one thing that Hughes doesn’t-- family and friends willing to put themselves on the line to save the factory. With hope, faith and a whole lot of luck, Mandy and company might manage to do just that.
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~Received For An Honest Review~ Need something to make you laugh and to think about while you're out fighting the crowds this holiday season? Try this book. It's well balanced and written with just enough humor to keep you on your toes. Ute Carbone took this story and made it into one that everyone will remember!!
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite After a sexual romp in the hydrangea bushes with Lila Rose, Bill Ludowski is now dead. Bill was the owner of the biggest employer in Kassenburg as the namesake of Bill’s Big and Tasty Sausage, so the entire town is wondering who will be taking over. But before we learn who will become the next sausage heiress, Confessions of the Sausage Queen starts with a pretty hilarious funeral scene. Kudos to author Ute Carbone for finding a way to make such a somber event laugh out loud hilarious! After the funeral, we learn that Bill’s long-time lover, Lila, is now the owner of Bill’s Big and Tasty Sausage while her granddaughter, Mandy, is named as CEO. So the story really kicks off with Mandy struggling to actually be a CEO while one of Bill’s grandsons is dead set on selling the sausage factory. What sets Confessions of the Sausage Queen apart from similar tales is that Mandy has a unique voice that is funny, straightforward and down home. She doesn’t sugarcoat her words and she has a big heart, which makes her just about the best character in the story…aside from Lila, of course. While this is Mandy and Lila’s story, Ute Carbone has given us a host of characters that run the gamut from uptight to crazier than a loon. They add local flavor to the story and a solid dose of humor. This could have been a much heavier story with a town reliant on one industry and an executive intent on selling, but Mandy, the sausage workers and most of the rest of Kassenburg lend a hand to figure it all out. This was a super fun story with a great plot and even better characters.