By Ellen Dye
On her 40th birthday housewife Wanda Jo Ashton is watching for her husband's typical present of an E and E from T - that being based and dear from Tiffany's. in spite of the fact that, what she will get is the scoop that her previously winning, in charge, company legal professional husband is leaving her to pursue the wealthy lifetime of a stored guy. Left with not anything, she has no selection yet to flee the San Francisco quarter, together with her sixteen-year outdated daughter in tow, and head towards the mountains of West Virginia and the quirky relatives she left at the back of two decades in the past. the following Wanda Jo needs to carve out a destiny, whole with occupation and residential in the middle of family members feuds, laptop phobias and the occasional homebrewing explosion sooner than she ultimately figures out that finishing up is simply a spot to begin.
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