Bless Her Heart

An Ellery Novel

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Laugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick’s wonderful novel centers on one woman’s journey from an unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .

On the day Posey Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he’s left her broke and homeless. Posey married Chad ten years ago in hopes of finding the stability her hippie mother couldn’t provide. Instead she got all the trappings of security—house, car, seemingly respectable husband—at the price of her freedom.

Posey’s mother, Lark, accepts her daughter’s return home with grace, though her sister can’t resist pointing out that being a sweet Southern wife hasn’t worked out as planned. And so, with the Seven Deadly Sins as a guide, Posey decides to let loose for once. Envy is easy to check off the list—Posey only has to look at her best friend’s adorable baby for that. One very drunken night out takes care of gluttony. As for lust—her long-time friend, John, is suddenly becoming much more than a pal. One by one, Posey is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family—and what it really means to be good. And she’s finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart . . .
 
Praise for Sally Kilpatrick’s Novels
 
“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.”
--Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author on Better Get to Livin’
 
“Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave
the reader laughing through tears.” RT Book Reviews on The Happy Hour Choir
 
“A pleasantly engaging take on Romeo and Juliet.”
Library Journal on Bittersweet Creek
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About the author

Born and raised in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a BA in English. At UT she met and married a Georgia boy. Now they live in Marietta, GA, with their two kids. She holds a Masters in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University and taught high school Spanish for eight years before taking a sabbatical to write and mother full time. In addition to reading and writing, Sally likes traveling, historic house tours, running, religious studies, and all things geek. Readers can learn more at www.sallykilpatrick.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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4.5
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Publisher
Kensington
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Published on
Oct 31, 2017
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781496710741
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Book 3
“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.”--Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Smart, witty, and delightfully offbeat, this new novel from the author of The Happy Hour Choir and Bittersweet Creek is an uplifting story about following your heart, even when it leads to the last place you'd expect…

Presley Cline has put aside dreams of Hollywood stardom and come back to Ellery, Tennessee, to work in a beauty shop. In truth, the dreams in question were more her mother's than her own. Presley may have the face and body of a movie icon, but she lacks the stomach for it. Yet a loving relationship and normal home life seem almost as unattainable as an Oscar. Being able to see and speak to dead people certainly isn't helping.

Presley's first job, beautifying "clients" at the Anderson Funeral Home, is quite a change from working on a movie set. The place is home to dozens of ghosts all hoping that Presley can help them move on--and also one very-much-alive owner, Declan Anderson. Like Presley, Declan is caught between following family expectations and his own aspirations. But with a little meddling from loved ones and locals--both living and dead--Presley is starting to see that life is too short not to be who you want to be, and the most rewarding journeys involve some unexpected detours…

Praise for Sally Kilpatrick's The Happy Hour Choir

"Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave the reader laughing through tears. This is an incredible start from a promising storyteller." —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars
Sally Kilpatrick
The author of the acclaimed The Happy Hour Choir and Better Get Livin’ is back with a wonderfully funny and sweetly honest novella about family, football, and our final wishes for the ones we love.

When Edie Malcolm’s husband, Jerome, passes away after sixty years of marriage, the looming emptiness is so heartbreaking all she wants to do is follow him. But Jerome’s will is packed with surprises—for Edie, her sister-in-law Janice, and two teenagers mired in the awkward process of discovering the adults they will become.

To fulfill Jerome’s final wish, Edie and Janice and their two teen drivers must take the Orange Blossom Special—the old hearse Jerome painted in a bright University of Tennessee checkerboard—to three points across the state to spread his ashes. For Edie and Janice, decades of mutual dislike are packed in their overnight bags, but every mile of their odd road trip offers eye-opening truths about grief, love, and the kind of friendship that blooms in the most unexpected places . . .

Praise for Sally Kilpatrick’s Novels

“Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave the reader laughing through tears. This is an incredible start from a promising storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews on The Happy Hour Choir

“A pleasantly engaging take on Romeo and Juliet.” —Library Journal on Bittersweet Creek

“A tale filled with both hilarity and heartbreak.” —Booklist on Better Get To Livin’

“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.” —Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author on Better Get To Livin’
Book 3
“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.”--Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Smart, witty, and delightfully offbeat, this new novel from the author of The Happy Hour Choir and Bittersweet Creek is an uplifting story about following your heart, even when it leads to the last place you'd expect…

Presley Cline has put aside dreams of Hollywood stardom and come back to Ellery, Tennessee, to work in a beauty shop. In truth, the dreams in question were more her mother's than her own. Presley may have the face and body of a movie icon, but she lacks the stomach for it. Yet a loving relationship and normal home life seem almost as unattainable as an Oscar. Being able to see and speak to dead people certainly isn't helping.

Presley's first job, beautifying "clients" at the Anderson Funeral Home, is quite a change from working on a movie set. The place is home to dozens of ghosts all hoping that Presley can help them move on--and also one very-much-alive owner, Declan Anderson. Like Presley, Declan is caught between following family expectations and his own aspirations. But with a little meddling from loved ones and locals--both living and dead--Presley is starting to see that life is too short not to be who you want to be, and the most rewarding journeys involve some unexpected detours…

Praise for Sally Kilpatrick's The Happy Hour Choir

"Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave the reader laughing through tears. This is an incredible start from a promising storyteller." —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars
Sally Kilpatrick
The author of the acclaimed The Happy Hour Choir and Better Get Livin’ is back with a wonderfully funny and sweetly honest novella about family, football, and our final wishes for the ones we love.

When Edie Malcolm’s husband, Jerome, passes away after sixty years of marriage, the looming emptiness is so heartbreaking all she wants to do is follow him. But Jerome’s will is packed with surprises—for Edie, her sister-in-law Janice, and two teenagers mired in the awkward process of discovering the adults they will become.

To fulfill Jerome’s final wish, Edie and Janice and their two teen drivers must take the Orange Blossom Special—the old hearse Jerome painted in a bright University of Tennessee checkerboard—to three points across the state to spread his ashes. For Edie and Janice, decades of mutual dislike are packed in their overnight bags, but every mile of their odd road trip offers eye-opening truths about grief, love, and the kind of friendship that blooms in the most unexpected places . . .

Praise for Sally Kilpatrick’s Novels

“Kilpatrick mixes loss and devastation with hope and a little bit of Southern charm. She will leave the reader laughing through tears. This is an incredible start from a promising storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews on The Happy Hour Choir

“A pleasantly engaging take on Romeo and Juliet.” —Library Journal on Bittersweet Creek

“A tale filled with both hilarity and heartbreak.” —Booklist on Better Get To Livin’

“Don't miss this quirky, fun love story. I couldn't put it down.” —Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author on Better Get To Livin’
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