Recently-divorced Mary leaves behind the Boston suburbs for tiny Lawson, New Hampshire, hoping for nothing more than blessed peace, a chance to heal from her bad marriage, and maybe a cat. Soon there are attentions from Arthur, the unhappily-married Episcopal priest who’d like to save her heathen soul, but may also be susceptible to more earthly temptations. Then there’s Winslow, the handsome cop who charms Mary even as he confuses her by being an excellent kisser who’s in favor of gay rights – but also opposed to sex before marriage. Before long, Mary is also coping with a crushing job loss, scandal, a secret she must keep even at the expense of all her hopes, and an ex-husband whose steady disintegration threatens all she has left. In this witty, often affectionate tale of small town life, Mary discovers that the connections we make can result in terrifying risks, but also unexpected blessings. Performing well for an indie debut by an unknown author, The Awful Mess currently has over 346 Amazon ratings, maintaining an average rating of 4.2 stars, and has also earned critical praise in blogs and reviews. It was one of five general fiction semi-finalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Although it stands alone, there are sequels set six and twelve years later called The Complete Disaster and The Utter Catastrophe.
Tantor Media has also published an audio edition.