Reading The Big Tow: An Unlikely Romance, by Ann McMan was almost like taking a trip back home for me. She has written a book that will give you a glimpse of some of the most colorful places and characters that you might meet if you decide to take a trip to the deep South. You will also gain ten pounds (or more) enjoying some of the truly delicious food that is mentioned in the novel.
This is the story of Nick and Frankie, told in first person POV through the eyes of Nick. Nick, a lawyer, loses her job at the law firm of Turner, Witherspoon, Anders, and Tyler, (think about their acronym) and ends up working for the National Recovery Bureau (NRB), a rather shady repo business. There she is teamed up with Frankie, a third grade teacher looking for extra work to supplement her teacher’s salary. Thus begins a slew of wild adventures that are crazy, hilarious and sometimes dangerous.
The true brilliance of this story is in the characters…all of them, not just the main characters. They seem larger than life and exaggerated, but I have met people like Antigone Reece, Eddie, Hugh Don, Sebastian, Lilah, and even Frankie and Nick. The author did an excellent job bringing these folks to life in this book. She also uses Southernisms exactly as I remember. My partner didn’t believe the term “I swanny!” was real until I pointed it out in Ms. McMan’s books. The story itself is one exciting and wacky adventure after another with an adorable romance woven into the tale. And the food! Did I mention all the wonderful food these lucky characters get to eat? I’m still drooling…and jealous.
If you need an escape from the worries of real life, and want a story that will lift your spirits and have you laughing out loud, then try this book.
I received an ARC from Bywater Books for an honest review.