Laugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick’s wonderful novel centers on one woman’s journey from an unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .
On the day Posey Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he’s left her broke and homeless. Posey married Chad ten years ago in hopes of finding the stability her hippie mother couldn’t provide. Instead she got all the trappings of security—house, car, seemingly respectable husband—at the price of her freedom.
Posey’s mother, Lark, accepts her daughter’s return home with grace, though her sister can’t resist pointing out that being a sweet Southern wife hasn’t worked out as planned. And so, with the Seven Deadly Sins as a guide, Posey decides to let loose for once. Envy is easy to check off the list—Posey only has to look at her best friend’s adorable baby for that. One very drunken night out takes care of gluttony. As for lust—her long-time friend, John, is suddenly becoming much more than a pal. One by one, Posey is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family—and what it really means to be good. And she’s finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart…
Praise for Bless Her Heart
“With both humor and insight, Bless Her Heart hits all the right notes in the complicated song of becoming who we are meant to be. This novel asks us to look at the “rules” we might just have to break to heal our own life. Do yourself a favor and grab this book and hide away with its laugh-out-loud and cry-out-loud moments all mixed up in one place. Kilpatrick enthralls us again with her trademark quirky humor and vivid characters.” – Patti Callahan Henry, NYT bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End
“Anybody from the South knows that ‘Bless her heart”‘is one of those phrases that sounds sweet but actually is code for the worst kind of holier-than-thou, southern-fried judgment. In much the same way, Sally Kilpatrick’s touching new novel Bless Her Heart is a light smooth read on the surface but has plenty of bite underneath.
When church secretary Posey Love finds out her pastor husband is breaking every commandment in the book, her world is turned upside down. With the help of a truth-talking best friend and her loyal but wacky family, Posey slowly begins to rebuild her life and learn how to do something that’s never been allowed – think for herself. Alternately funny and poignant, Bless Her Heart will both touch (and bless) the heart of any reader who’s ever faced the challenges of midlife reinvention.” – Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland
“What happens when a saintly Southern belle decides to sample the seven deadly sins? That’s the amusing premise of the novel Bless Her Heart by Marietta author Sally Kilpatrick.
Posey Love finds out that her born-again husband has been leaving his Bible on another woman’s bedside table, and her once-perfect life as a pastor’s wife is now a memory. Posey decides to patch up her battered heart by giving up church for Lent and going a little wild.
She moves in with her hippie mom, flirts with a cute piano tuner and finds a little piece of redemption through breaking the rules. Bless Her Heart is a lively yet thoughtful romp about a woman finding the meaning of goodness while behaving badly. – Karin Gillespie, author of Love Literary Style, for The Augusta Chronicle
“Kilpatrick is back with another tale full of sassy Southern characters. She writes in a way that makes readers feel as if they are hanging out with their best friend. The characters and scenes are quirky, making this a fun read, though it does have a serious message of moving from loss to rebirth to empowerment. Posey is easy to root for and Chad is someone you love to hate.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
I rank Bless Her Heart right up there with The Happy Hour Choir. It is a little bit Flannery O’Connor, a little bit Fannie Flagg, but mostly delightfully and originally Sally Kilpatrick. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the author revisits these characters. – The Romance Dish, 5 Stars