Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs

Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs

by Jeanette Hubbard


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Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs by Jeanette Hubbard

Comedy begins with a botched suicide and ends with a barn burning.

Claudie O’Brien has driven to her favorite spot on the Metolius River in Central Oregon. She is armed with some very nice Champagne and a boatload of Percocet. But her best laid plans of checking out are thwarted by Peter, a laid off vice-principal working as a tow-truck driver.

She comes to live in the converted garage that Peter’s wife Chrystal has renovated. This doesn’t please Mrs. Fowler, the noisy neighbor across the street who has problems of her own in the form of her meth-cooking son Marty.

Chrystal is soon distracted by the handsome older spiritual guru who has breezed into town with plans to build a “transformational” retreat in the woods. He endeavors to help Chrystal clear her seven chakras in his luxurious suite at the Six Firs Resort. One person in town knows that he is a fraud… and she’s living in Chrystal’s converted garage.

How will Claudie reconcile herself to her new life, straighten out the mess in Chrystal and Peter’s life, and bring about the comeuppance to the husband who walked out on her 40 years ago?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927559765
Publisher: Promontory Press
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeanette Hubbard was brought up in Iowa to be a very good girl. Then she moved to Portland, Oregon, the city that prides itself on weird. She has utilized her degree in English from the University of Iowa in a variety of jobs, including driving a school bus, selling car insurance, and growing, (and sometimes killing), plants at her wholesale nursery west of Portland. She now lives with her Border collie Buddy, Mitten the monster cat, her roommate's two demented small dogs, a miniature horse and two chickens in a small house in SE Portland. Actually, the horse and chickens live in the backyard. Finding humor in the absurdity of life, and the world around her, has enabled her to survive the tribulations that life has thrown at her. She loves writing about people who blunder from one crazy situation to another. She draws on her own experience of saying wildly inappropriate things to one and all to help develop her plots and characters.

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Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BenColes More than 1 year ago
A delightfully funny, rather naughty little book that surprises with its twists and turns. But beneath the quirky humor there is a real commentary on the absurdities of modern life and a subtle depth that leaves the reader eminently satisfied.
WhiteGirlBlackSheep More than 1 year ago
A series of failures and surprises and back again, it's Thelma and Louise meets Breaking Bad. A twisted lot of characters form a compelling story line with clear detail. Lean on dialogue and mean on story. This was a fun read.
HeatherWesting More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest, quirkiest, most entertaining stories I have ever read. Bravo!
YuanJur More than 1 year ago
Fiction is meant to be entertaining, this one definitely is! Here is a story that takes a candid look at life and the things humans do, it smiles and it's not so sunny places keep things moving well. echoing life, it has a few surprises in-store for the reader. it's a good read.
SandyKastrul More than 1 year ago
This is a laugh out loud satire. I don't know what the other reviewer, Rkan was snorting but he obviously didn't get it. The book has wonderfully wacky characters, and a delightful twisty plot. Claudie O'Brien is a hoot. I'd love to have a glass of wine with her. Red of course.
SandraSR More than 1 year ago
This is well written with lots of humor. There is more sexual language than I like which is why I gave the four stars. If that doesn't bother you, I'm sure you'll enjoy the book and give it a full five stars as the characters are interesting and the plot is well worked.
katekathyvale More than 1 year ago
Want a laugh-out-loud getaway from the real world? Try this one. So many quirky characters, I had a hard time choosing a favorite, although Claudie finally wins my vote. Loved her gradual awareness that her life was worth more than a suicide when she helps Peter's kids learn to cook. I found her cooking a metaphor for her to live her life anew. Another plus was the small town in Oregon. Loved the descriptions of the place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A highly entertaining mystery set in a small town inhabited by a cast of richly developed characters who you yearn to learn more about. I'd love to read another book in this series!
robindvictoria More than 1 year ago
How do I mess up my life?! Well perhaps not that deep, more like trailer park boys come to small town Oregon but this trash reflecting story can get you thinking about your own life and is hard to put down. Lots of characters which draw you in like an accident you can’t help slowing down to gawk at. Humour and matter of fact-ness close to the bone to suggest there is more to life than one’s own petty frustrations. All in one entertaining read!
Rkan More than 1 year ago
Secrets Lies and Champagne takes place in the interior of Oregon State. The book weaves numerous story lines, all of which intersect in different ways. The novel’s pace was good and it showed promise at the start. Unfortunately, as a whole, it didn’t really work for me. The style lacked descriptive scenes where one could envision the surroundings. Characters were thin, possibly because there were quite a number of them. I felt there were way too many characters to track, each with a sub plot. To further complicate things, the three main female protagonists all had names starting with the letter ‘C’. I had to do some sorting out at the beginning. However, on the positive side, there are pieces of dialogue that are colorful and conversation in the book flowed relatively well. Often in T.V. shows, disparate, seemingly complex and possibly unsolvable issues are conveniently wrapped up in the final five minutes. The same thing happens here in the last couple of chapters. Overall, I can’t really recommend this book. The flip side of this is that I truly think that the plot itself and the mannerism of its unfolding make it a prospect for a decent T.V. movie.