Review: The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown

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☆☆➹⁀☆4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆


What it’s about:

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.

Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That’s fine with Billy Lee, because he’s been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he’d never ever allowed himself to dream about.

A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies’ room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee?

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My Thoughts:

The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown is fun, lightweight chick-lit. Not everything you read needs to be meaty, award-winning literature, and The Ladies Room fits the bill when you want something sweet and funny that will have you laughing and rooting for the heroine.

Trudy, a middle-aged southern woman who has been brought up to hide her inner sassy and meet all social expectations regardless of the situation. For too long she has been ignoring all the clues that her husband is a serial cheater, and for far too long, she has put up with her rude daughter’s disrespectful behavior. But after overhearing her unpleasant cousins discussing the fact that the entire town knows about her husband and daughter’s behavior, she vows to confront life and her husband. Thankfully, her deceased aunt has conveniently left everything to her. Aunt Gert’s will contains a few surprises and solidifies that Trudy was definitely the favorite niece.

Trudy lost her sense of herself in her marriage and motherhood, but she sets out to get it all back. She and her new next-door neighbor, Billie Lee, update Aunt Gert’s house. Their efforts parallel the transformation of Trudy’s life. I had images of Miranda Lambert’s music video for her song Mama’s Broken Heart as Trudy remodels her new home (at during the demolition stage).

I enjoyed Trudy, who is a funny, lovable character. Once she unleashes her inner strength, there is no stopping this strong, sassy, southern belle. The kind, quiet Billie Lee is literally the strong, silent type who you can’t help but love. Ms. Brown’s fun writing style led to a well-paced story with annoying antagonists and protagonists you could get behind and cheer for. The conflicts are rather easily resolved and there is a sweet happy ending. The Ladies Room is a lovely, light read that left a smile on my face.

I enjoyed the fantastic narration by: Donna Postel

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