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A Mile in My Flip-Flops: A Novelby Melody Carlson
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I'm not the kind of girl who wants anyone to feel sorry for her.
So after my fiancéeacute; jilted me less than four weeks before our wedding date, and since the invitations had already been sent, my only recourse was to lie low and wait for everyone to simply forget.
Consequently, I became a recluse. If I wasn't at work, teaching a delightful class of five-year-olds, who couldn't care less about my shattered love life, I could be found holed up in my apartment, escaping all unnecessary interaction with sympathetic friends.
And that is how I became addicted to HGTV and ice cream. Okay, that probably calls for some explanation. HGTV stands for Home and Garden TV, a network that runs 24/7 and is what I consider the highest form of comfort TV. It is habit forming, albeit slightly mind numbing. And ice cream obviously needs no explanation.
Other than the fact that my dad, bless his heart, had seven quart-sized cartons of Ben & Jerry's delivered to my apartment the day after Collin dumped me. Appropriately enough, dear old Dad (who knows me better than anyone on the planet) selected a flavor called Chocolate Therapy, a product worthy of its name and just as addictive as HGTV.
But now, eighteen months and twenty-two pounds later, I seem to be in a rut. And apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Come on, Gretchen, urges my best friend, Holly, from her end of the phone line. “Just come with us-please
Right…,” I mutter as I lick my spoon and dip it back into a freshly opened carton of Chunky Monkey–also appropriately named, but let's not go there. Anyway, not only had I moved on to new ice cream flavors, but I also had given up using bowls. Like I want to tag along with the newlyweds. Thanks, but no thanks.
Like I keep telling you, we're not newlyweds anymore,” she insists. “We’ve been married three months now.
“And it's Cinco de Mayo,” she persists, using that little girl voice that I first heard when we became best friends back in third grade. We always go together.
I consider this. I want to point out that Holly and I used to always go to the Cinco de Mayo celebration together-as in past tense. And despite her pity for me, or perhaps it's just some sort of misplaced guilt because she’s married and I am not, I think the days of hanging with my best friend are pretty much over now. The image of Holly and Justin, both good looking enough to be models, strolling around holding hands with frumpy, dumpy me tagging along behind them like their poor, single, reject friend just doesn't work for me.
Thanks anyway, I tell her. “But I’m kind of busy today.
So what are you doing then?” I hear the challenge in her voice, like she thinks I don't have anything to do on a Saturday.
I slump back into the sofa and look over to the muted TV, which is tuned, of course, to HGTV, where my favorite show, House Flippers, is about to begin, and I don't want to miss a minute of it. I'm, uh…I’ve got lesson plans to do, I say quickly. This is actually true, although I don’t usually do them until Sunday evening.
She snickers. Y
Melody Carlson is the award-winning
After being dumped, Gretchen Hanover decides to become a house flipper, buying houses and fixing them up to sell, but when the house that she buys has more problems than she anticipated, carpenter Noah Campbell steps in to help.
Thirty-something Gretchen Hanover is stuck. Seeking solace from a broken heart, she traded her wedding plans for home improvement shows and ice cream—but she knows she can’t live on Ben and Jerry’s forever. She also knows that her enthusiastic Lab puppy has outgrown her tiny apartment.
The perfect patch for Gretchen’s dilapidated plans? She’ll become a first-time house-flipper. As ideas go, it’s daring and genius. She’ll take out a short-term loan, buy a fixer-upper, renovate it, resell it, and use the profit for an adorable house of her own. What could be easier?
But Gretchen’s plans to flip quickly flop when the house turns out to be in worse shape than she expected. She is relying on her retired contractor-father, but he wants to draw in his carpenter friend Noah Campbell. And although Noah is handy with tools, Gretchen isn’t so sure about the baggage he brings with him. Will she be able to loosen her grip on the tools when it seems Noah may be her only help?
A whimsical look at color swatches, mismatched curtain rods, and the building of relationships, A Mile in My Flip-Flops reminds us that it takes faith to renovate the heart, as well as the home.
About the Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for adults, children, and teens, including Finding Alice, Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and the Notes from a Spinning Planet series. Melody has two grown sons and lives in central Oregon with her husband and her chocolate lab retriever. A full-time writer, she enjoys skiing, gardening, camping, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
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