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This book was a relatively easy read, holding the readers interest and attention right to the end. I found myself wanting to know how things turned out between the main character Alison and the Corvette, Max, and the townsfolk.

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In some instances these relationships were resolved, but in others the reader was left to keep guessing. I would have liked a clean resolution to the relationship between Alison and Max, but this was left for the reader to decide. It was the story of a grieving widow coming to terms with her loss and moving on with life. She did this through the rather unusual therapy of rebuilding an old car with absolutely no prior knowledge.


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She enlists the help of a young man that she soon finds herself developing feelings for. It is a heart-warming story of self-discovery and dealing with the loss of a loved one. I loved the protagonist Alison and the growth of her relationships with not only the townsfolk, but also with the town itself, and the car that she was restoring.

We are shown how she begins to heal and find a way to move on, through her work on the car, but also through the death of a friend.

Alison's Automotive Repair Manual: A Novel

She grew to a greater understanding of the complex nature of a small town and the interpersonal relationships between the townsfolk, and also between the townsfolk and outsiders, of which she was considered one. I found it a refreshing, fun read that always held the attention. It even came with handy tips about automotive repair, with a snippet from a Haynes manual, at the conclusion of most chapters. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a feel good book, dealing with the difficult subject of loss, in an easy relaxed manner.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Now living in small town West Virginia with her sister Sarah and brother-in-law Bill, Alison is unable to move on with her life.

Finally, she promises Sarah and Bill that she will start over--once she restores the abandoned, nearly ruined Corvette she found rusting in the garage and immediately loved A widow in her mid-thirties, Alison has been mourning for two years. Finally, she promises Sarah and Bill that she will start over--once she restores the abandoned, nearly ruined Corvette she found rusting in the garage and immediately loved. Unfortunately, Alison doesn't know the first thing about cars, and the fact that the townspeople with the exception of a cute demolition man find a woman messing with automotive parts bewildering doesn't help.

With beautiful frankness and surprising hilarity, Brad Barkley tells of a gutsy woman's attempts to overcome loss, and fit into a close-knit community, in a triumphant look at grief, love, loss, and moving on. Kindle Edition , pages. Published May 14th by Dzanc Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alison's Automotive Repair Manual , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Alison's Automotive Repair Manual.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The book moved at a very, very slow pace for me, although to be fair, for this genre, it might not have worked as well as it did, had it rushed through; some things just take time. May 29, Crystal rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. I really liked this book for a couple of reasons. One it was written very well and two Alison was restoring a car! My second reason is a little bias, I have a thing for old cars. I'm from a small town, and generally everyone in town knows who's telling stories but no one ever admits it. Its kind of an unwritten rule. I didn't care to much for the ending though. I didn't think it was necessary for the book to end with the town mad at her.

She was the only one to tell the truth, she shouldn't have I really liked this book for a couple of reasons. She was the only one to tell the truth, she shouldn't have been shunned for it. Alison shoving the car in the water was a bit of a disappointment, especially after all of her hard work. It didn't take me to long to get through this book. It easily grabbed my attention. Jan 23, Hope rated it really liked it. This was one of those books I picked up at a library sale, mostly because I was intrigued by the title.

Alison’s Automotive Repair Manual: A Novel

It was a great surprise, as I did not expect a male author to show such insight into his female main character. Alison is a young widow who starts working on a dead Corvette in her brother-in-law's garage to avoid facing the ruins of her life.

Her terrible secret is that she is mourning not just her husband, dead from a freak accident in a home workshop, but the dying marriage she will never ha This was one of those books I picked up at a library sale, mostly because I was intrigued by the title. Her terrible secret is that she is mourning not just her husband, dead from a freak accident in a home workshop, but the dying marriage she will never have a chance to fix. It was not only thought-provoking, it was funny, with a great cast of characters. Glad I picked it up! Jan 31, Cindy rated it liked it. When I picked this up intrigued by the title , I thought it would be a chick lit book, an easy read after Gone with the Wind.

It drew me in with the characters. The group of senior citizens who meet every week for dance classes, the brother in law who does the craziest things for a baby, the munitions man who brings a little romance, and the sister who is just a bit cynical, and finally, Alison.

Alison's Automotive Repair Manual: A Novel by Brad Barkley

As Alison decides to fix up a Corvette that isn't worth the time or money, she learns a lot about he When I picked this up intrigued by the title , I thought it would be a chick lit book, an easy read after Gone with the Wind. As Alison decides to fix up a Corvette that isn't worth the time or money, she learns a lot about herself, her family and friends, and sometimes, that the truth isn't just about not telling lies.

Dec 27, Pam rated it liked it Recommends it for: It took me a while to get into this book, but after getting past the first three chapters, I was hooked. The book follows a woman in her thirties who has recently lost her husband, whom she realizes she didn't completely love, to a terrible accident. She resolves to fix-up a terribly run-down Corvette I learned that if we aren't really truly living an honest life, it's really not worth living. This book delves into the affect lies and honesty have It took me a while to get into this book, but after getting past the first three chapters, I was hooked.

This book delves into the affect lies and honesty have on both our psyche and our relationships. I didn't really mean to start reading this, but got drawn in. Alison is a widow who is having trouble moving on with her life, and begins renovating a rusty old Corvette as a way of putting off more fundamental repairs to her world--which of course she ends up undertaking after all. Although the metaphor is perhaps a little too obvious, the writing is excellent, the observations on life are nicely formulated, and the characters are interesting enough to keep the reader's attention to the end.

Oct 03, Stephanie rated it liked it. I'm always impressed by male authors who write books with female main characters, and this book is no exception. The story of a woman trying to come to terms with her life after the death of her husband is sweet and poignant but also a little gritty. Once I got through the first three pages, I had a hard time putting this book down. Oct 10, Edie rated it did not like it. It went into the recycling when I finished so others could be spared this atrocity. Jun 19, Dianne rated it liked it. This book was ok. I was surprised a male author took on writing from the perspective of a grieving woman, but he did ok with it.

I couldn't identify or sympathize with the main character and I didn't want to be her, so the story didn't engage me. Apr 15, Elizabeth rated it liked it. This book was nice and entertaining.