What do you do when the dream you gave up on arrives at the worst possible time?
Divorced by a husband who wanted children she couldn't have, editor Mary Bellamy has left the Boston suburbs to telecommute from tiny, affordable Lawson, New Hampshire. She's certain that all she wants is peace and quiet and maybe a cat.
But the unhappily married Episcopal priest who's trying to save her heathen soul might be susceptible to more earthly temptations. And the handsome local cop who's also an excellent kisser confuses her by being in favor of gay rights, but opposed to sex before marriage.
Soon Mary's keeping a scandalous secret at great cost to her own happiness. Worse, her disintegrating ex-husband is threatening what little she has left.
But in this witty and affectionate tale of small town life, Mary may discover that the connections she's made can result not only in terrifying risks, but in unexpected blessings.
What listeners say about The Awful Mess
What a Mess!
So there’s poor Mary Bellamy, minding her own business, trying to blend in in her adopted town ... well, there was that one tiny indiscretion with the local priest. But, come on! One tiny little dalliance? Who among us hasn’t ... well, okay, maybe we didn’t dally quite that much but surely the awful mess that ensues was over and above what she bargained for.
We follow Mary through her misadventures, up and down Hill Road, seasons pass, characters color the landscape. (I think I’d like to meet and be friends with Annie. Carla not so much.) We come up for air in the swimming hole and we smile. We are, like Mary, blessed. And we realize that sometimes blessings are indeed messy.