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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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400189649
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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

Listener Opinions

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

    " Cute, wholesome and sweet but nothing amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 2/8/2014

    " Loved it. Thought it was funny & witty. I would have loved to smack the "Gamma" & daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book! Great story about second chances in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/23/2014

    " Really 2.5 stars, because the idea was a good one, and there were occasional flashes of living up to the idea. But every time I started to think about what I was reading, the gaping plot holes and inconsistencies just made me want to toss the book across the room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/18/2014

    " A quick, easy read that kept me interested. Is it Pulitzer Prize worthy? No but I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/17/2014

    " The red hat lady does it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/8/2014

    " Okay.... went on a bit long... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/6/2014

    " Easy read, entertaining, but a little too good to be true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alice | 12/21/2013

    " Fun story with great Southern characters! I was impressed with the accurate depiction of life post-brain injury as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 12/21/2013

    " It was ok, too cutesy at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/20/2013

    " It was ok, but not nearly as good as some of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K. East | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting premise. Plot/character development were uneven but I enjoyed it. Based on other reviews, I will look for her other titles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan griggs | 12/11/2013

    " i really enjoyed it. love all her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/1/2013

    " There were a lot of ups and downs with this book; not sure if I would have been as forgiving as Elizabeth. Definitely a book for a more mature reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 10/11/2013

    " Nice weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 10/7/2013

    " Light sweet easy read. Some language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/19/2013

    " I enjoyed it, and found the church debate funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 4/8/2013

    " This could have been a cute book but Haywood Smith has "got" religion and beats the reader over the head with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Cantrell | 1/26/2013

    " Nice escapist fantasy. The cold, cruel husband wakes from a coma a changed man who tries to make everything right in his life. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naila | 12/1/2012

    " Good story about an angry man who after a stroke decides to turn his life around and his wife who has to decide what kind of life she wants to live and with what kind of man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/24/2012

    " Loved it! A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 4/24/2012

    " I like her writing....it's fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 1/31/2012

    " Great summer read. It made me chuckle a few times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/3/2011

    " Really good book, that shed light on how many of our preconceived notions and emotions can change through all of life's trials and tribulations. It was still lighthearted and yet there was depth to the characters. I just really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 9/30/2011

    " Bad writing, stupid characters...not even worth listening to for free. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirian | 9/10/2011

    " I always enjoy Haywood Smith's books. Full of humor and as always criticizing aspects of Southern society, this one was no exception. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/29/2011

    " This is the third book I've read by Haywood Smith and I've enjoyed all of them. Good story, fast read, interesting plotlines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arsala | 1/27/2011

    " Interesting story about second chances. I thought some parts of the story were a little too contrived and unbelievable. Some issues were resolved and wrapped up too quickly and "too nicely." It's a nice story overally but nothing to rush out and read right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/29/2010

    " This book is a guilty pleasure, and absolutely funny!!! A god quick easy summer read. "

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About the Author
Author Haywood Smith

Haywood Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Red Hat Club and Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, among other works. She lives in Buford, Georgia.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.