The Fixer Upper

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Harper Collins, Jun 23, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
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The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life.

After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home again.


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I like the author's writing style. - Goodreads
Stupid characters, stupid plot. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Alistair - Goodreads

The Fixer Upper of the title is Dempsey Killebrew, a DC based political lobbyist employed by the suave Alexander Hodder to 'fix things' with congressmen and senators. When one of her 'fix its' blows ... Read full review

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User Review  - Grace Baumgarten - Goodreads

I agree with much of the criticism expressed regarding how unrealistic some of this story seemed. Especially regarding Dempsey's sudden skills as a DIY home restorer, and also how the relationship ... Read full review

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Mary Kay Andrews is the author of eleven bestselling novels and ten critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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