Dempsey Killibrew is a willing exile to Guthrie, Georgia. Her father, Mitch, has recently inherited the family ancestral home, Birdsong. The house is in need of some TLC before it can be listed and sold. Mitch sends Demspey to Guthrie because she has absolutely nothing better to do: as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist in the midst of a political bribery scandal, Dempsey is jobless, homeless, broke, and unhirable within the beltway. A home decorating magazine junkie, Dempsey accepts the challenge and heads to Georgia.
Guthrie is a tiny town about an hour south of Atlanta. When Dempsey arrives, she meets many characters almost as colorful as the Pepto-Bismol-hued Birdsong: and they all seem to know her "bidness" (that's "business" for you folks who live north of the Mason-Dixon line). The whole town knows about Birdsong, her scandalous firing from Hodder and Associates, and the FBI investigation. Dempsey finds that Birdsong also comes with a squatter: one of Dempsey's elderly distant cousins named Ella Kate and Shorty, her cocker spaniel. The house needs a new roof, so Dempsey hires a talented and ingenious general contractor who helps Dempsey with the restoration. An over-zealous realtor appears on the scene and paints over the Pepto-Bismol pink with Benjamin Moore's Dill Pickle Green (I truly can't decide which color is worse). There is also a father/son attorney duo hired to represent Dempsey as the FBI investigates her involvement in the scandal; the FBI agents are fun characters, too.
This book is a fun, easy read and would be a great book to take to the beach or lake this summer. I enjoy books with the theme of "finding one's home" especially when it is completely unexpected by the character. Plus, the plot has a heaping-helping of romance and DIY. The Fixer Upper has been the perfect read for a very busy week.
Until next time...