Roberta “Bertie” Byrd works at her father’s garage in Sweet Meadow, Georgia. Along with fixing cars, she also drives the tow truck, which often serves as a taxi in the small town. Her life may not be ideal, since she is 32 and single, but most of the time it is not too bad.
Bertie has a crush on the cute guy who works at the local mill, but no real idea how to maneuver herself into meeting him. She and her best friend like to dress up and go dancing at the Dew Drop Inn, but they are always careful to be in church on Sunday, so the Woman’s Club crowd won’t think they are heathens.
For such a small town, you might think that Big Hair and Flying Cows would be a dull book, but author Dolores J. Wilson took another approach. Instead we find Bertie constantly encountering the odd and endearing citizens of Sweet Meadow. Even Bertie’s own house is not immune. One morning, she wakes up to find an elderly man sitting naked in the kitchen reading the newspaper! Not exactly her dream breakfast partner, that’s for sure!
This gentle novel, filled with good humor and intriguing characters, has lots of charm. The writing style is conversational, and it feels like we are sitting in the tow truck with Bertie as she tends to the people of Sweet Meadow. When love finds Bertie it is unexpected, which makes it even more endearing. Even the wacky next-door neighbor, Barbie, has hidden depths to her character that evolve throughout the book.
Fans of Debbie Macomber and other similar authors will enjoy Big Hair and Flying Cows.