The Fixer Upper
by Mary Kay Andrews


Harper Collins, 2009. ISBN 978-0-060-83738-9.
Reviewed by Melissa Negron
Posted on 05/13/2011

Fiction: Chick Lit

Mary Kay Andrews follows the journey of a young, naive Washington lobbyist living a very comfortable life. Dempsey Killebrew's life comes crashing down when her boss becomes tangled in a political scandal. Playing the part of a devoted employee and unable to resist his charm, Dempsey helps him cover his tracks. However, once the FBI swarms in and confiscates evidence, Dempsey is abruptly fired.

Dempsey's father, Mitch, contacts her after seeing her name all over the news. Broke, homeless, and unemployed, Dempsey is unsure what to do next. Her dad informs her of a house in Guthrie, Georgia, that he inherited from his grandfather. Concerned for his daughter, Mitch sends Dempsey to Birdsong to fix up the antique house and sell it.

Once Dempsey arrives in Guthrie, an "everybody knows everybody's business" small town, she soon discovers that this project isn't as simple as she imagined. She is greeted by an eighty-something grumpy squatter who claims that she has as much right to be at Birdsong as Dempsey.

What starts as a simple investment project turns into much more when Dempsey forms instant friendships and even a romance with a local attorney.

When her past comes back to haunt her, the connections she has made in the small town become a big advantage to her.

I was particularly drawn to this book because of Dempsey's determination to prevail in all circumstances. While The Fixer Upper was a book that I could not put down, the ending left me wondering exactly what kind of storybook ending was in store for Dempsey.

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Mary Kay Andrews is a best-selling author and earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She is a former journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her website.

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