An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in - but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.
What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?
Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: "1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world."
This book starts off with the Sheriff Hank Gephart being found shot outside of a nursing home.
In comes Ruby Mortimer-Smyth, a prim and proper English woman transplanted into a small town in Kansas. Hoping to have gone to Paris, France, because that is where she and her husband were supposed to go and live for his job.
Ruby and her stepsister Claire, have always been competitive and no more so in the fact that Ruby was going to get go to Paris and her cousin was not. With the story being set up with the Sheriff being shot on the eve of Y2K, the reader is taken back a bit to the start of the story which sets up the characters in a fun and a funny way had me wanting to read more.
Ruby ingrains herself into life in Kansas the best she can even though most of the time she feels like a fish out of water, but along the way she meets and befriends a few different "characters" . The more she is brought into the lives of these different people, the less English and prissy she becomes. Plus she is also to rethink her life and what she wants out of it and she finds it is not what she has. She is not happy in her marriage and I think that is why she becomes enamored of the good sheriff. So did she really shoot the sheriff?
Told in a humorous and laugh out loud way, this book is so much fun, I loved how Ruby. for me being kind of an uninteresting person to a fun loving very nice but unhappy woman who goes from being selfish to doing an about face and becoming a caring loving woman. I came to like her a lot and the story was fun to read!
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