THE LADIES’ ROOM
December 5, 2011
Fiction / Romance
Rating: 4 Cups
Most people who knew Great-aunt Gertrude were not overly brokenhearted at her passing, but Trudy kind of liked her outspoken and often cantankerous aunt. The day of her funeral however, is one that changes Trudy’s life inside out.
The town of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, views Billy Lee Tucker as rather quiet if not a bit odd, and he is happy to go on letting them feel this way. His one great friend is now gone, and it hurts him to see people so unaffected by her death.
The bathroom break that Trudy takes during Gert’s funeral opens her eyes to the sham of a life she has been living. Her husband’s infidelities were known by everyone but her, and thanks to Gert, Trudy is given the opportunity to change her life. Billy Lee is thrilled to see Trudy move into Gert’s house, and even more so to renew a friendship with a woman he has known since he was a child. Trudy and Billy Lee begin extensive renovations on Gert’s house, and as the days turn to weeks then months, a heart heals and something extraordinary blossoms.
Poor Trudy takes a stand and gives herself a good swift kick in the back-side, and I love that she gives up on being “nice” in favor of being honest. It would be crushing to find out your husband has been cheating on you since day one, and your daughter treats you like dirt, but it is amazing to see how Trudy thrives instead of folds. Billy Lee is the truest of true best friends, and never once does he allow Trudy to belittle or doubt herself. Anyone with a friend like Billy Lee should count themselves very lucky, so maybe we should all take a page out of this book and live our passion.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More