The 37th Amendment: A Novel

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The 37th Amendment by Susan Shelley. The 37th Amendment by Susan Shelley. Ted Braden is just trying to collect on a basketball bet when he telephones a fellow Lakers fan one night. That phone call makes him a witness in a sensational murder trial and launches him into a dangerous battle with the California criminal justice system -- the year is , forty years after the 37th Amendment has removed "due process of law" from the United States Con Ted Braden is just trying to collect on a basketball bet when he telephones a fellow Lakers fan one night.

That phone call makes him a witness in a sensational murder trial and launches him into a dangerous battle with the California criminal justice system -- the year is , forty years after the 37th Amendment has removed "due process of law" from the United States Constitution. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.

All opinions are my own. Oct 18, Diane rated it it was amazing. We catch up with Lavinia in Anne Leigh Parrish's marvelous novel, The Amendment, where Lavinia now-Starkhurt has to deal with the sudden death of her older husband Chip, struck down by lightning on the golf course. Chip was Lavinia's second husband and generous stepfather to her five children. Chip loved Lavinia, and Lavinia loved Chip, even if he didn't excite her as much as her ex-husband Potter.

When she and Potter were married, he couldn't hold down a job and he drank too much. Chip owned his own company, where Lavinia worked before she married Chip, and provided a lifestyle for Lavinia that enabled her to lead a life of leisure. After Chip's death, Lavinia decides to leave her Finger Lakes region home and take a road trip across the country. After her daughter Angie's attempt to get Lavinia to participate in group grief therapy goes terribly awry Lavinia says some very inappropriate things , Lavinia hops in her car and takes off.

Along her travels, Lavinia picks up random items as totems of a sort- a stuffed teddy bear, a thimble collection she finds at garage sale, and a vase for the fresh flowers she buys every day.

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She stays at small motels along the way that have a diner nearby. She meets people on her journey, listens to their stories and tries to help them, which is unlike her. She gives rides to people who need her help: a woman who was abandoned by her boyfriend at the laundromat, a teenager on the run from his uncles. Lavinia stays for awhile at the home of her ex-sister-in-law. Patty and her husband Murph take her in and Lavinia stays for a few weeks, working for a few hours at a flower shop, trying to get a volunteer job as a driver for social services until a previous DUI is discovered , and even has an affair with a cowboy.

I found Lavinia to be a fascinating, multi-dimensional character. She is prickly and speaks her mind whether people want to hear it or not. She wasn't the best mother, maybe not affectionate enough. She wasn't the best wife to Chip, realizing that she married two men who were afraid of her.

Some people call her a "straight-shooter", and she describes herself as a bitch. I powered through The Amendment, turning the pages furiously because I couldn't get enough of Lavinia. She is funny and fierce and truly one of the most interesting characters I have found in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed taking to the road with Lavinia and I highly recommend The Amendment. Jun 11, Kathy Mcmullen rated it it was amazing. A lightning bolt struck him down on the golf course. Her oldest daughter Angie thinks she should join a grief group.

Her ex-husband Potter is fretting about her, too. Her five kids are grown and no longer need her guiding hand. Chip left her financially secure. Destination: Pacific.

She wants to feel those cold waters between her toes. Lavinia is a feisty woman of action, diving into life head first.

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Tuck The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish into your carry-on this summer or read it on your stay-cation. Whatever you do, read it! Oct 31, Runwright rated it liked it Shelves: own. The witty inclusions broke up the narrative with what was always an unexpected but welcome surprise, the quick scene changes, rapid fire dialogue and an assortment of colorful characters, all of whom receive some substantial development so they all felt multi-dimensional, reading The Amendment like a bit like watching a good movie.

So loving this author. When I read her short story collection, Our Love Could Light The World, I was pulled in to the Dugan Family and their realistic scenarios and the authors light touch of chaos and mood with levity.


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Honestly I only picked it up when I learned that it was loosely connected stories so it reads more like novel and I'm so glad I did. This book is a follow up in an actual novel format. It follows Lavinia, the mother who took off to marry her boss leaving her kids and 4. It follows Lavinia, the mother who took off to marry her boss leaving her kids and addled husband Potter, and how she deals with the death of her second husband who strongly got struck by lightning. Even if the premise doesn't intrigue you just know that if you like character driven stories this is your girl to follow.

The way Parrish writes is just a lull that pulls you in. Her characters are reasonable and cheeky and smart but also strange and absurd. They all have flaws cuz duh and they all have hearts which makes you root for them and wanting to see what they think or are up to nextwhich is awesome since there's another book coming out his October called Maggie's Ruse which follows one of Lavinia's children one of the twins and even though Maggie wasn't a main character in the short story collection or the Amendment I'm so very curious to see what it will be about this coming fall.

Jan 08, Pam rated it really liked it. We travel along with her as she processes her surroundings, her grief, relationships with her ex, children, and friends, and her interactions with the people she meets along the way. She was a strong, interesting and engaging character. Sep 28, Debi Lantzer rated it really liked it.

I love being a BookSparks BookSharks because every now and again, they have Pop Up Blog Tours where they randomly offer a book for us to read and review. They often throw in with some other extras thrown in for our extra-curricular social media sharing. The Amendment is about a pretty tough lady named Lavinia Starkhurst. She's a 50 something woman who suddenly becomes widowed when her second husband, Chip, is struck by lightning on a golf course and dies.

Lavinia tries to find a new I love being a BookSparks BookSharks because every now and again, they have Pop Up Blog Tours where they randomly offer a book for us to read and review. Lavinia tries to find a new purpose for her life so she takes off on an open road trip where she meets a number of quirky strangers, all with struggles of their own. While driving alone, Lavinia has a lot of time to ponder many things and reassess her life. I try not to write spoilers, and to tell you much more of the plot of The Amendment would break my rule.

I will divulge that protagonist, Lavinia, is a fun and witty character with a sharp tongue. The characters were very developed so that I felt well acquainted with them throughout the story. You'll just need to pick up a copy of this book so you can enjoy this great story too. I love how this author writes short chapters - it increases the chances of me reading way too much of the book, staying up way too late, and powering through a book cover to cover - exactly what happened in this case!

I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from the publishers as part of a Pop Up Blog Tour from BookSparks in exchange for this post.

A positive review was not required. Oct 10, Corinne Bennett rated it liked it. As soon as I heard that Anne wrote a new book, I just had to get my hands on it! Thank you to the publisher for sending me The Amendment! I absolutely loved Women Within by Anne and so I was excited for this one.