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The Ladies' Room

de Carolyn Brown

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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.
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Nice blend of overcoming obstacles and finding oneself coupled with a predictable sweet happily ever after. The characters were believable and nice to get to know. ( )
  PollyannaPitbull | Oct 28, 2020 |
a delightful, fun read, perfect for sheltering at home. Characters are fun, plot is a little far fetched, but fun.

Trudy overhears some secrets while in the ladies' room during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral that 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? ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 7, 2020 |
I loved this book so much that I already have another Carolyn Brown book waiting for me! A woman finds an unexpected inner strength on a life journey that takes a turn for the worse...or is it? Life is all about what you choose to do with it. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Jan 27, 2020 |
A fun story of what happens when a cheated-on woman decides to take charge of her life. In a funny, but also emotional scene, Trudy is at her Aunt Gert's funeral when a trip to the ladies' room results in an unexpected revelation. Any woman can empathize with Trudy's trials involving pantyhose and bathrooms, which made the first part of the scene pretty darn funny. Laughter turns to tears though, when Trudy overhears her gossipy cousins talking about her husband's frequent infidelities. It seems that everyone in town except Trudy knew about them, and no one bothered to tell her. When the reading of her aunt's will provides Trudy with a slightly rundown house, and the funds to do something about it, she wastes no time dumping Drew for a new start.

I liked Trudy a lot. She's almost forty years old, not in the best of shape, but accepts herself the way she is. After twenty years of Drew putting her down and stifling her personality, she's ready to break out, and she does so with great enthusiasm. I loved watching her do her makeover, from hair to clothes, to please herself and to hell with anyone else's opinion. I laughed out loud when she stood up to her blustering bully of a husband, especially when he came to take back her car. I liked how she stood up to the people who had hurt her or made her mad, but she also didn't hold a grudge for long (except for Drew). Her determination to restore Gert's house to its former glory was great. I loved the parallels between the house and Trudy herself, as the true beauty of each were revealed. A big part of those transformations was Billy Lee.

Billy Lee was Gert's next door neighbor and a childhood friend of Trudy's. He's very laid back and friendly, and most of the town thinks he's weird and a bit slow. He'd had a close relationship with Gert, who left him the money to fix up the house if that's what Trudy wanted to do. As the book went on, it became clear that there was more to Billy than anyone suspected, even Trudy. He has a kind and compassionate heart, which is especially evident in his dealings with Trudy's mother.

I loved seeing the relationship between Trudy and Billy blossom right along with the house. It starts slowly as a friendship that deepens as time goes on. I loved their insistence on honesty with each other, believing that burying issues would only lead to resentment - as Trudy well knew from her marriage. I loved watching how Billy's belief in her abilities and support of her actions gave Trudy new confidence in herself. It was easy to see how much he cared for her in the things he did, from the "Gone With the Wind" trip to the motorcycle rides to the furniture he made for her. I thought he had the patience of a saint as he waited for her to feel the same way. I loved how Trudy stood up for Billy to the people who talked badly about him. As their friendship grew, Trudy realized that she had also been one of those who underestimated him before she got to know him, and knew she'd never look at him the same way again. She didn't realize how her feelings for him had changed until a New Year's kiss opened her eyes. It was fun to see her frustration as she wanted more and Billy went back to normal. The tension built to a sweet ending as they finally came together the way they were meant to be. I loved the epilogue, especially the surprises that it revealed.

The secondary characters were terrific. Trudy's mother was a sweetheart, and I ached for her and for Trudy as they dealt with her Alzheimer's. Her good days did a great job of showing the loving relationship that they had. There were some lovely scenes with her and Trudy. I also loved seeing her with Billy, especially the scenes at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn't like Trudy's cousins at all during the first parts of the book, especially with the way that they treated her. But Trudy's changes helped motivate some changes in them, and by the end they redeemed themselves quite nicely. Trudy's daughter, Crystal, started as a whiny, spoiled brat. I definitely didn't like the way that she talked to Trudy, especially when it came to Drew. I cheered when Trudy laid down the law to her, firmly but kindly. The changes in her by the end were very impressive, thanks to Trudy and Billy's compassion and support. Drew, on the other hand, was a complete ass from start to finish. He deserved everything he got. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Jun 11, 2019 |
In the ladies' room at church during her Great-Aunt Gert's funeral, Trudy overhears her cousins talking about her husband Drew's infidelity. Unbeknownst to Trudy, it's been going on for the entire twenty years of their marriage--and her cousins can't decide whether she's too stupid to know, or too spineless to do anything.

Trudy is uncomfortably aware that she's been willfully ignoring signs of trouble for a long time.

But Drew's latest playmate is a twenty-something teller at their bank, and he's given her a Thunderbird, and Trudy is furious at realizing how she's let herself be used.

It's time to act.

Of course, she's got a mother slipping into Alzheimer's dementia, and a daughter in the midst of a major rebellion. She's just inherited Aunt Gert's ancient, cluttered house, and her presumably tiny savings at the other local bank, the one she and her husband don't do business at. It surely won't be easy.

Trudy is about to go through changes she can't imagine.

Many of these changes will be good, including rediscovering her late aunt, an old friend, and new love.

I can't help but like Trudy. She's smarter, tougher, and more resilient than she thinks she is, and kinder than a part of her wants to be. There are elements of fairytale here--although that also has the effect of some things resolving themselves just too neatly. Her daughter snaps out of her spoiled-brat rebellion a little too easily and completely. Her ex apparently never realizes, or never gets angry about, how he accidentally did himself out of a lot of money by being too eager to sign a divorce agreement he thinks is one-sided in his favor. Her ex-in-laws are cartoonish in their villainy, and tissue paper in their ability to do anything.

But I really like Trudy, and Billy Lee Tucker, and what Trudy learns about herself, him, and her Aunt Gert. The book is enjoyable and emotionally satisfying despite its weaknesses.

Recommended for when you're in that mood.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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If I wiggled again, Great-aunt Gert was going to sit straight up in that pale pink coffin and give me an evil glare the way she used to do when I was a child and couldn't sit still in church.
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Saint Peter could get rid of his little black book with the names of the worthy written in it. Aunt Gert would arrive with a new and updated version tucked under her arm.
For me, food cures everything. Depression. Boredom. Anger. Chocolate cake can take care of ingrown toenails, and potato chips can eradicate acne.
Next the ruined panty hose came off. I removed my wide gold wedding band, tied it to the leg with the big hole, and carried it back to the bedroom. I stood on the bed and looped the hose around a blade on the ceiling fan. I hoped Drew would flip on the light switch and the thing would knock him upside the head.
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