I have finished the 21st book for the book challenge. I read Revenge Of The Kudzu Debutantes by Cathy Holton.
Eadie, Lavonne, and Nita are three worn-out, oppressed wives of wealthy law partners in small-town Ithaca, Georgia. They have spent they past fifteen years putting themselves second to their husbands’ careers. They have worked to be the good wives to their type-A husbands as they bill multiple hours of wealthy clients and plan parties to foster their husbands’ careers. And they are becoming very tired of it all.
Eadie’s husband Trevor has run off with his secretary Tonya. Eadie has thrown herself into her artwork of sculpting and an affair with her personal trainer. Lavonne has been overeating and focusing on her two teeneaged daughters while worrying about the distance and anger her husband seems to be showing. Nita is escaping into daydreams about love with the carpenter building the pool shed and her romance novels and avoiding her husband’s overreaching directions on everything about their lives. In short, all the women are truly unhappy about their lives and their marriages.
They are all best friends and are planning the annual firm party at Nita and Charles’ house. Lavonne is making the arrangements. She arranges to have the party catered this years by the Jewish bakery in town that will supply kosher barbecue since they can’t get anyone else to cater it and the owner’s son and his band to be the servers. It will be interesting, to say the least. But then the women make a discovery. They come across some picture of their husbands on their annual hunting trip with some women. Things begin to add up, for example, the condoms in Charles’ hunting jacket pocket. They have had prostitutes on their hunting trips for years! And the women decide to plot their revenge.
Lavonne and Eadie decide that they will divorce their husbands and they they will set up their husbands with prostitutes on the hunting trip and have photos taken as insurance, or blackmail. They call the owner of the wilderness ranch in Montana and make the arrangements. He agrees and offers to get male impersonators as prostitutes and make DVDs and take photos since he is retiring and he hates the lawyers anyway. The plan is hatched. In the meantime, Nita is actually falling in love with the carpenter who built her pool shed but she is still unsure about what she wants to do about being married to Charles. Lavonne and Eadie are sure about divorce and seek the advice of Ithaca’s only female lawyer. And Lavonne and Eadie sign on to participate in Ithaca’s annual Kudzu Debutante Ball, with Lavonne being crowned queen of the ball.
What follows is a ran against time as the wives hurry to transfer assets into their names in order to have leverage in their divorce proceedings against their husbands or to have insurance against retaliation. And Trevor manages to throw a monkey wrench into the plan when he has guilt panges.
This is a laugh-out-loud book as you read what the wives do to their husbands, their plotting and their scheming, and you hold your breath as they try to beat the clock as the hunting trip winds down and they rush to get their taks done. It’s an entertaining book, for sure!