This book stands alone, but it contains oodles of spoilers for THE AWFUL MESS, so you may want to read that one first. (This blurb is also full of spoilers!)
Set six years after THE AWFUL MESS, in THE COMPLETE DISASTER Mary and Winslow Jennings are coping with secondary infertility and procrastinating telling young Will that the man he calls Daddy isn’t his biological father.
Tensions also run high in Lawson after a Somali Bantu refugee family moves to town. Will the same people who welcomed Mary Bellamy and her scandalous pregnancy open their hearts to newcomers who appear to have far less in common with them? Tensions run especially high after an accidental police shooting. It’s a trauma that will force Winslow to decide how much he can protect his family and still stay true to his idea of himself.
Meanwhile, Annie Soper faces a sustained campaign against her role as unofficial food pantry director from a wealthy newcomer who seems particularly offended by Annie’s weight. A traveling Scottish ex-pat offers the possibility of romance, but after her disastrous first marriage, she’s reluctant to trust him, or anyone.
Sandra Hutchison returns to the Jennings family and other favorite Lawson characters with a novel about loving our neighbors as ourselves.