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Publisher's Summary

An exhilarating novel about fast friends and fashionable revenge by Liz Talley, the USA Today bestselling author of Adulting.

Antique-store owner Cricket Crosby’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that the rumors of her husband’s affair aren’t just leisurely Southern gossip. Her plan: hire an investigator; find an attorney; enlist the help of her new assistant, Ruby; and make her husband pay.

Ruby knows how quickly everything changes. After a dicey past, she’s determined to forge a new future by working for Cricket and reinventing herself as a designer, deconstructing vintage haute couture. If anybody can help mend a few tears in Cricket’s life, she can.

But turns out Cricket’s life isn’t just a little torn. It’s wrinkled, stained, and falling apart at the seams. With Ruby and her ragtag relatives - a soused PI and a hunky tow truck driver - Cricket is sleuthing her way to the truth, no matter how dangerous it gets.

Sure, Cricket’s life isn’t what she imagined. But she’s embracing change and figuring out what she really wants. And that’s kind of fabulous.

©2022 Amy R. Talley. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Narrators Christina Delaine and Mikhaila Aaseng combine forces to tell the story of Cricket and Ruby…. Each narrator is aptly suited to the characters.… Aaseng's narration evolves as Ruby's feelings transition from sullenness to acceptance of her family. Delaine brings out Cricket's determination to deal with her husband. The two narrators complement each other's portrayals.”AudioFile Magazine

“Heartwarming and hilarious, this story was everything I’ve come to expect from a Liz Talley book. I adore Cricket and her ragtag team of sleuths, and I couldn’t wait to find out the truth about her husband. Don’t skip this fun and delicious read!”—Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author 

 “…Such a fun read—feisty and funny southern fiction. Made me feel like I’m in the deep south on a fun adventure. The characters are flawed but fascinating.”—Pamela Kelley, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author 

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Story: good, Narration: not good

I don’t understand how narrators are chosen, but the powers that be missed the mark with these choices. A 40-something society woman shouldn’t sound like a 60-something 2 pack a day smoker who just rolled in from the trailer park. And Ruby’s narrating had all the monotone and hesitation of a 5th grader participating in classroom “out loud reading”.

The story was pretty cute, but I had a difficult time envisioning any of the characters due to the unsuitable voices.

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it was cute

Cute story, performance was okay, one of the narrators was very congested so she sounded weird but the story was cute and an easy listen. I want to know what happens with everyone in the future.

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Had no idea Author or Story

This was a Shot in the Dark. Wanted something to read and Kindle served it up / and OMG it was amazing. Perfect read for summer mental break! Did some on Kindle and some on Audible (the actors who did the story telling were spot on!) they brought it to life - Cricket & Griff for me -

Definitely looking forward to exploring more from this author and have already recommended it to book club friends online and IRL 💕💕💕

Just a fun Romo through a messed up infidelity with a twist and SPOILER ALERT







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The good guy wins 💕

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Deconstructed is the first book by Liz Talley that I have ever experienced and let me tell you, it is a story you don’t want to miss! It is riddled with memorable characters, entertaining moments and witty banter that blend the taste of southern charm and sass perfectly!
I am a lover of romance but this story is so much more. It is all about empowering woman as Cricket finds her way out of a marriage with not only a cheating husband but a husband who is caught up in white collar crime and she decided that enough was enough and made the move to change her life for the better.
Ruby is the other character in this story that is using her creative talent as a way to a better future and moving on from her past mistakes.
These two women are amazing and because of all their adversity became close friends and realize that together they are a force to be reckoned with.
I had the added benefit of listening to the audio version of this story and the narrators did an amazing job bringing these two southern women to life.

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Spectacular!!!!!

Deconstructed by Liz Talley is honestly one of the best books that I've read in quite a while. This book was a little different than my normal genres and selections, but oh my I'm so happy that I took this chance!

Such a fantastic story of a Southern lady dealing with marital problems and finding friends and close confidantes in what she would seem unlikely places. I loved how the story allowed Cricket to open up to new opportunities and realize that the people we're used to aren't always the best and even people out of our normal circle are pretty amazing! loved that part of this book, plus the humor was magnificent....really loved this book. and the narrators were top notch, they did such a great job. thank you Liz Talley for this spectacular book, and Christina Delaine and Mikhaila Aaseng for the voices to go with it. 20 stars in my book!! ❤❤❤❤❤

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Great read!

Started this book early Friday morning and when I was supposed to be working on a chaotic Friday I closed the office door and laughed out loud! I couldn’t put it down!!

Some reviewers said the narrators sounded nasally or “too old” for a 40 y.o. woman. I disagree. Both narrators were spot on as southern women from Shreveport La.

I hope there is a follow up. Will the clothing line take off? Will Dak be the one to tear down the wall? Will Cricket and Griffin finally consummate? Will JK learn humility? Does Duke relapse or remain abstinent and redeem himself? Will Cricket secure her PI license and upgrade Duke’s office furnishings and clean him up?? As you can see I have questions that need answers.

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So uplifting for the underdog!

I enjoyed this book so much. It was uplifting and encouraging. Loved the narrator and the accents and the story.

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This book had me laughing out loud! Liz Talley is excellent at conveying humor through all of her characters. The narrator who portrayed Cricket was fantastic!

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Refreshing

Nice change …not the same old stories I read lately revisited with different group of people. Enjoyed the book and hearing about the local area in it! Keep it going!

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Entertaining, but long!

Stories about a marriage falling apart shouldn’t be entertaining. But there is plenty of humor, and some outrageous moments in this book.

Thanks to the author for a well-written/developed story. But I wish the conclusion had been reached a little faster. I wanted to see one certain character in handcuffs!

The characters are very likable, with one obvious exception. I love the mixture of working class and upper class friends. I thought the society wife was portrayed a little too much as a ditz. I hope she gets smarter in future stories.

This book really could be considered a stand-alone. I thank the author for the nice conclusion. I’m very curious to see how she handles the next book.

Thanks to the narrator for the great read. She allowed me to dive into the story and stay there by staying in character and giving a seamless performance.

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Deliciously Entertaining

This is a funny, heart warming book about what we overcome with the right people by our sides. Lovely and light hearted reading!