Kristie Leigh Maguire and Mark Haeuser, authors of No Lady and Her Tramp, have done an excellent job of placing a number of rowdy characters in one location called President Park Trailer Court in Grapevine, Kentucky. These
characters are not unlike some people we encounter in everyday situations who will not literally sock you in the jaw, clobber you with a skillet, or shoot at you from the porch, but their aims are the same as those displayed
by Beth Ann, the aspiring author; Bobby Ray, her beer drinking husband with a cheating heart; Shirley Snodgrass, the gossip columnist; and Troy Finkmyer, the neighbor whose actions speak louder than words.
Boys will be boys, but not quite as often and not as potentially deadly as the actions of Bobby Ray, Troy, and their neighbors. There is a lot of beer drinking, and as you probably have already guessed, caravans of police cars with sirens blasting. All this commotion is disruptive to several bedroom scenes, and to Beth Ann who has bought herself a computer and is determined to write a novel. But in spite of all the hilarious drama that is taking
place, Beth Ann keeps plodding away on her novel.
Meanwhile, Beth Ann is being observed by everyone in town. Her husband follows her, the local newspaper columnist writes about her, and the resident Peeping Tom snoops around her home.
I just loved the way Beth Ann stayed on course, no matter what! She surprises herself, her husband, and her neighbors when the book is a success.
This report prepared by Joan Moore Lewis