The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown
Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay in the ladies’ room. But that doesn’t mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude’s funeral won’t change the rest of her life.
Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer’s residing in the local nursing home. She doesn’t really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.
Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That’s fine with Billy Lee, because he’s been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he’d never ever allowed himself to dream about.
A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies’ room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee?
The first couple of paragraphs had me thinking that maybe this book wasn’t for me, but that has never stopped me from reading on. And the more I read the more I liked it.
This book runs the gamut on emotions. First of all, Trudy’s husband was a jerk, and I wasn’t a fan of her daughter either. But I loved Trudy and Billy Lee Tucker. I loved that Trudy had the gumption to do what she wanted, wear what she wanted, and change what she wanted. This book was good. I loved it.