Recently-divorced Mary leaves behind the Boston suburbs for tiny Lawson, New Hampshire, hoping for peaceful anonymity, and maybe a cat.
Soon there are attentions from Arthur, the unhappily-married Episcopal priest, who’d like to save her heathen soul, but is also susceptible to more earthly temptations. Then there’s Winslow, the handsome cop who charms Mary even as he confuses her by being an excellent kisser who’s in favor of gay rights – but also opposed to sex before marriage.
Before long Mary is also coping with a crushing job loss, a pregnancy that wasn’t supposed to be possible, a secret she must keep even at the expense of all her hopes, and an ex-husband whose steady disintegration threatens all she has left.
In this witty, often affectionate tale of small town life, Mary discovers that the connections we make can result in terrifying risks … and unexpected blessings.
Performing well for an indie debut by an unknown author, The Awful Mess currently has over 200 Amazon (US) reviews, is maintaining an average rating of 4.3 stars, and has also earned critical praise in blogs and reviews. It was also one of five general fiction semi-finalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, was selected for Awesome Indies, and is a highlighted selection of Library Journal’s SELF-e program.