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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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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.
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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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. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2007 by Melanie
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! Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by TJ's Mommy
THIS WAS THE FIRST BOOK BY CHRLOTTE HUGHES THAT I READ, BUT IT DEFINATELY WON'T BE THE LAST! I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WNJOYS A TOUCHING ROMANCE WITH PLENTY OF HUMOR AS... Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by LINDSEY YASGAR
I liked this book but not as well as Hot Shot by the same author. It was still a good read though.Published on June 20 2003 by goldencz
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002
This was one of the funniest books I've ever read.This woman gets in so many messes she should have just stayed home. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002
I picked this book up because I needed a distraction and boy did this book deliver. I can't remember a time when I have felt closer or more involved with characters in a book. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by A. Siebert
can make it seem comical when a woman tries to hang herself, botches it, is discovered by her(gorgeous) neighbor and then trying to recover her dignity is walking around saying... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by Amy Leemon