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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haywood Smith Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her "white trash" family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke sitting up in church, and when he wakes up, he's at the mercy of all his appetites and emotions. Transformed, Howe wants to be a real husband-which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death-and setting out to right past wrongs, he blackmails the town's baddies into doing the right thing by threatening to foreclose on their mortgages. The ensuing hilarious rollercoaster ride wakes up not only Elizabeth and their marriage but the whole town and its hidebound institutions. Download and start listening now!


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  • Smith shakes up the midlife marriage renewal subgenre with the emotionally complex tale of Elizabeth Whittington. Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/19/2014

    " While I liked this well enough, it was probably my least favorite title by the author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joyce | 2/17/2014

    " Although this book was not quite what I expected, I did enjoy it. I thought it was going to be a story poking fun at living in the South because of the title since the book cover used the word 'hilarious' in its review. Even though I did not find it to be particularly humorous, it was a good read. In this story, Elizabeth portrays a society wife who is completely dominated by her husband, Howell Whittington, his mother who runs both of their lives, and her daughter who has been spoiled by Howell. Howell is a wealthy businessman who is ruthless in his bank dealings and is constantly having affairs with other women. However, everything changes when Howe has a stroke and wakes up 6 months later completely changed in what he wants out of life and his marriage. Although Elizabeth has hoped for the things he now wants, she has been hurt so badly by him and his mother that she doesn't trust him. The humorous parts of the novel have to do with how Howe goes about trying to fix things in his life and those of others around him. Where he had never used any type of profanity before the stroke, now he finds he finds himself 'cussing' a lot to the horror of Elizabeth! This is a book that makes you feel good as you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandi | 2/14/2014

    " Quick good read about a horrible husband and even worse marriage that gets shaken up by a stroke and brain damage that causes some personality changes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sidney | 2/11/2014

    " Cute, wholesome and sweet but nothing amazing. "

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