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The Ladies' Room Paperback – September 4, 2012
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A Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay in the ladies’ room. But that doesn’t mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude’s funeral won’t change the rest of her life.
Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion, a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life, and a mother with Alzheimer’s residing in the local nursing home. She doesn’t really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.
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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, as well as a RITA finalist with more than one hundred published works to her name. Her books include romantic women’s fiction, historical, contemporary, and cowboys and country music mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and when―and they read the local newspaper on Wednesdays to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren and great-grandchildren to keep them young. For more information, visit www.carolynbrownbooks.com.
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (September 4, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612186424
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612186429
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #288,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wonderful author helps us see into Trudy's mind as she feels scared but acts bravely to fight her way out of the false life she has been leading and into a new one of her own choosing. I really enjoy books by Carolyn Brown and that's how I found this excellent story - I look for her books because her characters are real, living through real situations. This book has love, fear, family, faith, anger, sweat, and trucks full of truth.
While she's living in her new home Trudy realizes that she wasted a lot of her good years on her cheating husband. Her eyes have finally been opened. Not everyone in the town understands why Trudy spends more and more time with Billy Lee and she neglects the comments and rumors. Trudy's aunt was a tough and not a very pleasant person, however more and more secrets are being revealed that shet a different light. Can Trudy finally live the life she always wished for?
While she was married Trudy did everything for her husband and her daughter, putting aside her own needs. Her husband wasn't an easy person to live with, but she put up with it all because she loved him. Trudy feels betrayed and now finally stands up for herself. She went out of her way to make everything look perfect. I loved reading on how she stepped out of the shadow and showed the world that she was no longer someone to mess with. The friendship with Billy Lee is endearing and I was hoping they'd be brave enough to let love in.
The Ladies Room is a beautiful story about finding yourself and believing in a second chance at love. I love it when a book makes me feel many different emotions and I really enjoyed The Ladies' Room because of this. Billy Lee is a skilled craftsman and he makes beautiful furniture. While reading about the stunning pieces he makes for Trudy I was wishing that I could visit her house so I could see them in real life. Carolyn Brown's writing style has a lovely easy flow that immediately pulled me into the story. The Ladies' Room is a heartwarming story that captivated me from beginning to end.
And, watching the development of the heroine was outrageous fun. Being a southern gal myself, I found her totally believable, with a big ditto, on the scenes in the ladies room. Yes ma'am, a lot of truth goes down in those ladies' rooms and most of us know to check the stalls before we begin talkin'.
If you're a woman with a few years on you (they don't have to be extensive for you to relate) you'll love this read. And, if you're reading in bed with your hubby, or significant other, tell them to put in ear plugs, because whoopin' out loud comes along with the territory!
What I liked about it was the southern flavor and Trudy's wise-cracking narrative. There's a lot of very satisfying emotion, beautiful descriptions, and personal growth, all things that I look for in a book. The ending wasn't the blockbuster I wanted but it was still very satisfying. I liked this book enough to look for more from this author. (PS I tagged it OA fiction and midlife because Trudy is turning 40, but truthfully, she's a little young for those categories.)
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From a very unpromising start (for the protagonist), this one burgeons and blossoms into an absolute triumph.
And no, I'm not giving anything away: just read it.