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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373771584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373771585
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,468,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on Jan. 11 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By J Morgan on May 17 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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I guess I wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this book, because although there were plenty of funny scenes and interesting characters, I kept getting stuck on something. That something was the fact that the book starts with the heroine's attempted suicide. What bothered me was not the topic (with an ER nurse for a mom and a funeral director for a father-in-law I can handle macabre humor), but the fact that after failing, she merely picks up the pieces (literally) of her house and life, lifts the noose from around her neck and goes on to have more adventures in 3 months than most people have in a lifetime, without counseling or any look back. As I kept reading, I also repeatedly wondered just what kind of ignorant idiot the hero was -- he clearly saw that the heroine attempted suicide and just went home after she said she was okay. Could you do that? Wouldn't you have wanted to check on her during the night? Wouldn't you have called a doctor or SOMETHING? And if I were the heroine, I might wonder that given the hero's track record, if I were bleeding profusely and from lack of blood and being in shock, said I was "okay", would the hero just keep walking out the door on his way to work? Maybe I am a little more sensitive than a reader who has not had a suicide in their family, but having lived through that family trauma, I found it hard to get past the set up scene of the book.
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By Thea on Jan. 20 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A NEW ATTITUDE
Standing atop a step ladder with a makeshift noose around her neck, Marilee Abernathy realizes that while her Reverend husband and teenage son may have moved in with the town floozy, that's no reason to commit suicide. Marilee needs to be strong for her son, she needs to show the people of Chickpea, South Carolina that she's made of stronger stuff, and she needs a new attitude! Too bad she loses her balance while trying to get off the ladder, and too bad she forgot to take off the noose-but good thing the other end of the noose is tied to a fake beam! <G>
Sam Brewer's got his own problems, a mischievous mother and a clinging ex-wife, but when he hears a woman's scream-he runs to the rescue. Sprinting across the yard, knocking down the front door, disbelieving what he sees, Sam realizes that the woman on the floor is Marilee, the woman he had a high school crush on, and he can't help but get drawn into her problems and he soon hopes, her life.
A NEW ATTITUDE is such a warm-hearted and funny story! While suicide isn't funny, Marilee is so unbelievably inept that you just can't help but laugh. She's so prim and proper, especially after she's "rescued" by Sam. You'll love the book just for the first chapter alone. Don't stop there though, because the secondary characters really add life and body to the rest of the story as we see Marilee start to pick up the pieces of her life.
While I definitely enjoyed A NEW ATTITUDE, I would have liked Marilee to be a little more outspoken-especially at the end of the story. I felt as if she had growth with her "new attitude", becoming more self reliant and capable, but I couldn't figure out why she still couldn't speak up for herself, particularly where her ex was concerned, and get her thoughts and wishes across. If you're ready for a fun, heart-warming and a true "power of friendship" book, then look no further-A NEW ATTITUDE will give you all of those-and more!
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