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The tale of a lady who loves her condo a lot that she'll just do approximately something to maintain it. Ellen Flanagan has important women to elevate, a comfy local espresso store to run, extraordinary neighbors, and a pretty husband. She adores her apartment, a yellow Cape Cod packed with quirky antiques, loved nooks and dents, and 1000000 thoughts. yet now, at forty-four, she's approximately to lose all of it. After eighteen roller-coaster years of marriage, Ellen's husband, Sam--who's charismatic, spontaneous, and totally irresponsible--has disenchanted her in additional methods than she will stay with, and they are getting divorced. Her daughters are depressing approximately wasting their daddy. Worst of all, the home that Ellen loves with all her center needs to now be offered. Ellen's existence is additional complex by way of a beautiful and unforeseen courting with the husband of the shrewish, social-climbing girl who has bought the home. upload to that the confusion over how she relatively feels approximately her almost-ex-husband, and you've got the makings of a scrumptious novel approximately what issues such a lot after all . . . Set within the attractive atmosphere of Portland, Oregon, Kathleen McCleary's humorous, poignant, curl-up-and-read debut moves a deep emotional chord and explores the very suggestion of what makes a home a house.

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Her smile was Sam’s, too, big and wide and with a perfect round dimple denting her left cheek. “You think everything needs more sugar, Lulu,” Ellen said wryly, using the nickname they’d given her as a baby. ” Louisa giggled. ” They’d gotten up early one day last summer to drive to the beach. On the way they’d stopped for a snack, and Sam had ordered a cup of soup and some coffee. He had been folding a paper napkin into the shape of a kite and explaining the aerodynamics of kite flight to the girls when his order arrived, and he hadn’t even noticed that he poured several large spoonfuls of sugar into the wrong cup, sweetening his beef vegetable soup.

I know. It just seems odd to me that he didn’t say anything, you know? ” “Well, you can ask him about it now,” Cloud said, jerking his head toward the front of the store. ” Ellen turned to see Jeffrey Boyce walk in, wearing his firmly belted khaki trench coat and shaking the water off a large black umbrella with a fine tortoiseshell handle. He looked at her and blushed. “Hello,” she said, trying to be calm and not angry, although she didn’t know exactly what she had to be angry about. ” He nodded, carefully placing his umbrella in the large yellow 49 Kathleen McCleary crock painted with red and blue parrots that served as an umbrella stand by the front door.

But inventing required endless risk—financial and emotional risks that were simply incompatible with the life of stability and rootedness Ellen wanted for the girls and for herself. And it was true that all the ups and downs, the crazy ride of the somewhat unconventional life she’d had with Sam, were something she had wanted, too. After all, she had agreed to all the moves, she had agreed to the second mortgage for the stupid hot dog diaper. Marrying Sam had been her big adventure, a way to ensure that her life would never follow the bland, predictable pattern of her childhood.

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