Nov 8, 2014

The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown

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?

When Trudy needs to go to the ladies' room during her aunt Gert's funeral she feels awful, but that doesn't prepare her for the way she feels after she's been there. When she hears her cousins talking about her her whole life falls apart in just a few minutes. Her cousins know a lot more about her husband and grownup daughter than she does. Fortunately her aunt leaves her a house, it has to be completely renovated, but it means that Trudy has a place to stay and to start over. The best thing about the house is Gert's next door neighbor, Billy Lee. He misses Gert very much and they can both use some company. Trudy soon discovers that he's the best friend she'll ever have. He helps her renovating the house and while spending time with him slowly Trudy gets some confidence again. There's only one thing she isn't very sure about and that is the future with Billy Lee.
The Ladie's Room starts with such a sad and horrible moment, but even when Trudy's life was at its worst she remains strong and funny. I loved the witty style of this book. Trudy's honesty is great and I loved seeing things from her point of view. It made me smile the entire time and I also laughed out loud a lot. This story is hopeful and wonderful, I noticed I was stalling to finish it, because I wanted it to last. Books like this are rare, everything was exactly right. The story is so sweet and romantic. Sometimes the worst thing in your life can turn out to be the start of something good. The Ladies' Room is a story of hope and humor and they mix so well. I can only say good things about this book, I enjoyed it very much.

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