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The Awful Mess: A Love Story


  • Sandra Hutchison


  • Divorce
  • Single Women
  • Contemporary
  • Literary
  • Humor
  • Romance

What do you do when the dream you gave up on arrives at the worst possible time?

A semifinalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Divorced by a husband who wanted children she couldn't have, editor Mary Bellamy has left the Boston suburbs to telecommute from tiny, affordable Lawson, New Hampshire. She's certain all she wants is peace and quiet and maybe a cat.

But the unhappily-married Episcopal priest who's trying to save her heathen soul might be susceptible to more earthly temptations. And the handsome local cop who's also an excellent kisser confuses her by being in favor of gay rights, but opposed to sex before marriage.

Soon Mary's keeping a scandalous secret at great cost to her own happiness. Worse, her disintegrating ex-husband is threatening what little she has left.

But in this witty and affectionate tale of small town life, Mary may discover that the connections she's made can result not only in terrifying risks, but in unexpected blessings.

If you'd like to spend time in a very small town where differences in politics, religion, and general crankiness don't stop folks from lending each other a helping hand, you'll love Lawson, New Hampshire. And if you enjoy compelling characters, page-turning suspense, and a satisfying romance, you'll love THE AWFUL MESS. Start reading it today!

"Read THE AWFUL MESS: A LOVE STORY and you'll go to bed more optimistic than when you got up today." -- Hard to Please Book Lover

"THE AWFUL MESS is a wonderful read!" -- Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

"It puts me in mind of Jane Austen, the moral mathematics here.... It renews me as a reader, to enjoy a book so much; and as a writer, see it done so well." -- Tim Farrington, author of THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS

"I enjoyed the writing, cared about the characters, and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next!" -- Alec Hastings

Includes group discussion questions.

The Sex and Language Warning: This book has some bad behavior in it, including a couple of sex scenes and some language some might prefer to avoid.

The Religion Warning: This book contains religious themes, but if you require piety and reverence in such matters, this is not the book for you. Skeptics will probably be able to cope.