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A New Attitude [Mass Market Paperback]

Charlotte Hughes
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Feb. 1 2006 Hqn Romance
Marilee Abernathy's life is a mess. Everyone in Chickpea, South Carolina, knows about her husband's affair with the town floozy. But when her dignified farewell -- complete with pearls and impeccably applied Mary Kay cosmetics -- turns into a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to hang herself from a fake ceiling beam, Marilee figures there has to be another way to cope.

Marilee needs a new attitude -- at least, that's what her neighbor Sam Brewer thinks. Between his demanding mother and his crazy ex-wife, though, the last thing he wants is another woman whose life is out of control. But Marilee's learning on her own that a little attitude can go a long way -- suddenly she's taking charge and taking chances she'd never imagined. And watching her blossom reminds Sam of some long-forgotten dreams of his own. Now he's just got to convince her to turn some of that attitude his way . . .

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Marilee Abernathy decides that life has played one too many tricks on her. Even though Chickpea, South Carolina, is a small town, she was the last to know that her husband moved in with the local trollop, taking along their 15-year-old son. Shocked and devastated, Marilee settles on suicide, but even that doesn't work. In the middle of hanging herself from a beam in the ceiling, Marilee realizes that she wants to live and fight for her son, then the ladder falls. Her next-door neighbor, Sam Brewer, who was a Romeo back when she was in high school, rescues her from the debris, but now Marilee must rescue herself from her old life and find a new one. While trying to do this, she takes in a pregnant teen, finds a job, and starts divorce proceedings as Sam tries to convince her that he should be part of her new life. An appealing romance filled with charm and snappy dialogue. Patty Engelmann
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITLY READ THIS BOOK Aug. 13 2007
By Melanie
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This book was so good it is one of the best I have read in a long time. The whole story is very heartwarming and sweet. I was hooked from the first paragraph and even after 300 some pages I didnt want it to be over. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Stephanie Plum... March 23 2004
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Charlotte Hughes and Janet Evanovich have a lot in common when it comes to their writing styles. (They do have a few novels out togehter, so that would make sense!) If you like the Stephanie Plum series, then you would enjoy this book. Hughes has a good way of making interesting (and a bit quirky) characters and bringing them to life. The book has funny parts where you'll want to keep on laughing and real parts, as well. It's a good fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!! July 8 2003
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun June 20 2003
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I liked this book but not as well as Hot Shot by the same author. It was still a good read though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Crusie she ain't! Jan. 12 2003
By A Customer
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In her book A New Attitude, Charlotte Hughes attempts to imitate the style of romance humour writer Jennifer Crusie but misses by a mile! The opening scenes involve heroine Marilee Abernathy attempting to commit suicide. Suicide, for Pete's sake! That's supposed to be funny??? Yuck! Soon the reader meets many cute, endearing secondary characters like Winnie, Ruby, Clara and Nell - who almost steal the show! Then of course there's the mandatory kindhearted, Bad-Boy-turned-good: hunky Sam Brewer from next door. All the elements are in place for a pretty good story but then Hughes goes and wrecks it again with a Let's Move the Dead Body scene that is more sickening than funny. I guess my sense of humour and hers just don't mesh. I can't say that the book was all bad. Parts of it were heartwarming, the romance parts ( when there actually were any!) were very well written and even the scenes between Marilee and her teenage son, Josh evoked sympathy and understanding. But in general the story was disjointed, full of black humour and had too little romance for my tastes. Approach Charlotte Hughes with a note of caution - OR throw caution to the wind and dive into Jennifer Crusie's novels, my favourite being Welcome to Temptation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Laughing! Oct. 14 2002
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This author has a gift for telling it like it is. She created scenes that are so far from believable that you have no choice but to believe. Each page is filled with something new and strangely funny. It's an empowering book for women with a message of 'You can make it alone'. This is simply a wonderfully written piece of literature. I have given it to numerous friends and we all agree. THIS BOOK IS FUNNY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Attitude Oct. 4 2002
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This was one of the funniest books I've ever read.This woman gets in so many messes she should have just stayed home.I hope that Charlotte Hughes writes more books with this much humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, summer read! May 17 2002
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A NEW ATTITUDE is warm-hearted and funny with a bizarre beginning!

Marilee Abernathy's minister husband deserts her for a floozy, and her adolescent son goes with him. Depressed, she plans an unbelievably inept attempt at suicide. When the fake-wood ceiling beam that she's slung her thin drapery cord over crashes to the floor, her gorgeous next-door neighbor comes to her rescue. Marilee quickly recognizes that suicide is not the answer. Instead, she decides to be strong for her son and show the people of Chickpea, South Carolina that she's made of stronger stuff and launches forth with a new attitude.
An attitude that helps her file for divorce, find a job in a funeral parlor in her small town of Chickpea, South Carolina, seek custody of her son, take in a pregnant teen, and find love with the bad-boy-next-door she longed for in high school.

Sam Brewer, who rushed to Marilee's rescue, recognizes her as the girl he had a high school crush on. Sam, a reformed bad boy, has sold his business and moved home to take care of his elderly mother. Although Sam has enough problems of his own - his mischievous, matchmaking mother and a clinging ex-wife, he can't stop himself from being drawn into Marilee's problems.

The romance between Sam and Marilee is there, but A NEW ATTITUDE is more about strong women finding personal empowerment. Charlotte Hughes blends macabre humor with real life issues like divorce, teenage pregnancy, divorce, and child custody to create an entertaining, funny story.
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