Happily Ever Madder
Nov 21, 2012
Author: Stephanie Mcafee
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (November 6, 2012)
Diary of a Mad Fat Girl’s plus-sized spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones returns in a hilarious new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee.
Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos of Pelican Cove, Florida. She’s finally opening her long-dreamed-of art gallery, is kick-starting a life with her fiancé, Mason, and has vowed to leave her straight-talking, sassy ways behind her. From now on, she’s going to be as sweet as sugar. Unfortunately, something comes along to sour her plans.
That something is Mrs. Lenore Kennashaw and her coterie of crones. They’re a bunch of snippy, snarky, and just plain mean ’ol ladies who aren’t quite as smart or rich as they’d like to think they are. But that doesn’t stop them from treating everyone else like second-class citizens. And when Ace inadvertently takes some of the steam from Mrs. Kennashaw’s stride, she becomes their #1 enemy. But with the support of a new group of fabulous friends, as well as her friends from Bugtussle—and her always-faithful chiweenie Buster Loo—Ace will find a way to make it, even if she has to throw some weight around…
Ace is a girl after my own heart. Intelligent, but happens to be from the deep South where we spit out phrases that, while amusing, don't always make a lick of sense to an outsider. She's also got an attitude and a mouth on her, which does not always mesh well with opening a business and kissing up to possible customers.
After Ace moves to Florida from Mississippi to follow her fiance and open a new business, she find herself taking on the bitchy town charity league, while making interestingly wacky new friends along the way. But when she decides to actually cause some payback on the bitchy group of "luncheon ladies" she discovers her actions may turn her fiance against her and bring her new career to a flaming stop. The ramifications are much more than she expects.
I don't want to give too much away, but the ending leaves it wide open for number 3 in the series.
Nicely witty, snippy and snarky, Ace is someone you wouldn't mind being friends with, but you might want to keep a tiny little rein on her.
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