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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,091 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Kay Andrews Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061902277
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Delightful New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews returns with a hilarious novel about one woman’s quest to fix up her house—and her life.

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. Bird Droppings would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump. There’s also a murderously grumpy old lady 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 former 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. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entirely satisfying, an expert balance of warmth and compassion, terrific supporting characters, a little steamy sex, and just enough suspense to keep you from guessing how it will all go down.” 

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

  • “This authentic tale of cleaning up life’s messes and self-discovery is bright, engaging and thoughtful, enlivened by Andrews’s quirky characters and lovely backwoods setting.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “Andrews serves up a tempting and satisfying dish.” 

    Booklist 

  • “Entertaining…Delightful.” 

    Library Journal 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 2/12/2014

    " Fun fluff... Set in small GA town south of Atlanta so I could relate. Though anyone that thinks they can clean and renovate an old home in 2 months is slightly delusional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/9/2014

    " Mary Kay Andrews never fails to amuse me. Just what I needed while going through a move. Fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed the characterization of the novel, and I think I enjoyed it more than I would have if I hadn't seen the author speak a few months ago. I could picture Ms. Andrews speaking about certain parts and enjoyed it more. I also enjoyed the narration to this audiobook, as it had just the right touch of Southern accents without being fake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan Staat | 1/29/2014

    " A cheesy and predictable easy read. Needless to say...it was exactly what I was in the mood for! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 1/26/2014

    " Met the author at an authors' retreat in Pinehurst, Nc. She is as fun as this book! Great book for a vacation/airplane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/19/2014

    " It was a little long, but engaging and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/6/2014

    " I was surprised to really like this book. Its my first Mary Kay Andrews read, and I think I'll read another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Petula Darling | 1/5/2014

    " The story was totally implausible, but it was still fairly enjoyable. Well, except for when I was screaming at the main character for putting up with her ridiculous "roommate" situation, for her dealings with her father, and just for her general idiocy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giselle | 1/3/2014

    " Fun book. Don't want to be depressed or think too hard then this is the book for you. Satisfying in a hot fudge sunday kinda way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoy her books - I'd describe as Romantic Comedy. They make me laugh and are quick to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merty | 12/27/2013

    " This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book and I loved it. A sweet summer read. Will read another one for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara Connelly Tucker | 12/18/2013

    " I always look forward to a Mary Kay Andrews. The books are a little predictable but fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Szetela | 12/13/2013

    " Not great: full of cliches and character stereotypes, and especially a main character who keeps reminding us that she's 28 but acts like she's 21, and falls apart constantly and consistently at the drop of a hat. Formulaic, right up to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 12/12/2013

    " Very fun simple read as all of Ms. Andrews' books are. Sort of a Reese Witherspoon (Sweet Home Alabama movie) character. Big city girl moves back to small town. Out of her element, but learning fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Barrett | 12/8/2013

    " A great light read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Munger | 12/5/2013

    " Read for this month's book discussion group. Doesn't matter how old you are, you sometimes get carried away by the shell. And then get burned when the real person shows up. Good quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faigy Murray | 7/7/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. Found it slow at times. I wish the relationship between Tee and Dempsey would have been developed more. I found the recipes at the end charming! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sus | 5/3/2013

    " A quick read-not as juicy as some of her others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 4/26/2013

    " In truth, I'd really give this a 3.5 but that's not an option and it's more deserving of rounding up than rounding down. I'd like to know where the characters go from the ending..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Skinner | 3/28/2013

    " A fun light hearted book to kick off summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara Beeler | 2/9/2013

    " Cute...enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/7/2012

    " This is the first book I've read by this author..I reallly enjoyed it..Highly recommend it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/27/2012

    " Clever, witty, and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 9/10/2012

    " My first foray into Mary Kay Andrews, and I really enjoyed it. Cute, funny, and with a bit of problem to solve which kept my attention moving through the storyline. Loved the southern humor, and enjoyed watching Dempsey fix up Birdsong, and of course...a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/6/2012

    " Dempsey Kilebrew loses her job at a Washington, D.C. firm because of her no-good boss. Her father suggests she go down to Guthrie, Georgia to renovate his family's old house. This book is full of colorful characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karma | 6/28/2012

    " Cute book. Definitely fluff, but a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valley Cottage Library | 5/1/2012

    " SUMMER READING REVIEW: "Great read...any time of year. Young single woman gets caught up in illegal activity in D.C and restores a historic home in Georgia while finding herself." -Carla Sherman "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/12/2012

    " Always love Mary Kay Andrews - light and entertaining. The ending of this one was a little rushed and too perfect, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Yeager | 3/9/2012

    " This was the best book I have read in a long time. I thought it was going to be about someone who fixed others up on dates. Boy was I wrong! I could not put this one down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 2/11/2012

    " The first book I've read by Andrews, I really enjoyed it. It was fun and somewhat predictible at times, but fast-paced enough that I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 7/14/2011

    " I loved this fast page turning chicklit book!! Mary Kay Andrews never fails to give us a quick entertaining read. I also loved the fact that my friend and neighbor Beth chose to paint her house the same color as in the book :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalia | 5/24/2011

    " Ok I tried. But the heroine is whiny, has Daddy issues and for someone who is supposed to be a lawyer/lobbyist incredibly stupid. I can't waste anymore time on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim N | 5/17/2011

    " Another fun read from Mary Kay Andrews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/16/2011

    " After a huge scandal hits the news. Dempsey finds herself out of a job and a boss who will not return her panic phone calls. Dempsey ends up in Georgia fixing up and old family house. During the process she finds out about herself and how small towns operate. Cute read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingle | 5/7/2011

    " Love her fiction - it's light and easy to read with fun plots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 4/29/2011

    " Great read and lots of fun. I love this author" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/21/2011

    " This was a good book, but the characters were not nearly as memorable as the characters in Savannah Breeze which is written by the same author. I did love reading about fixing up the old house. I dream of inheriting an old antebellum mansion....... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiana | 4/20/2011

    " Very entertaining. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/19/2011

    " I thought this book was cute. It kept me entertained in the car and the narrator was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/15/2011

    " a very fun book! would be great for a summer read or something to read on vacation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/13/2011

    " Light read but a fun story. It proves you never know what you can accomplish until you give it a try! And nother point the story teaches don't make a woman today mad or you just might suffer the consequences!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 3/25/2011

    " This book just wasn't for me. I love chick lit but not this type. The characters just didn't have much to them for me but I'm sure others might enjoy it. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and a diplomat of the Maas Brothers Department Store Charm School. A New York Times bestselling author, she also has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. After a fourteen-year career as a reporter, mainly at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she quit newspapers to make a living telling lies. She wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her new alias is a combination of her children’s names. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives mostly in Atlanta, although sometimes also on Tybee Island, Georgia.

About the Narrator
Isabel Keating won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for her Broadway turn in The Boy from Oz, for which she also won a Theatre World Award.  She also starred in the long-running hit Hairspray, and made her Broadway début starring in Enchanted April.  Off Broadway she has appeared at Primary Stages, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and The Life Before Her Eyes, and on television, she guest starred in 3 lbs. and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Isabel has recorded a number of Earphones award-winning audiobooks.  Some of the titles she's read include Bill Floyd's The Killer's Wife, Nicholas Sparks's The Guardian, Jackie Collins's Lovers & Players, and Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement.