Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Spunky senior Grace with her sidekicks, nearly sixty years of age Gus and her friend from college, overweight Hazel, climb a ladder to do a 1960's style siege of the historic McClellan building in Pine Cross, North Carolina. The yellow brick structure is due to be demolished that day, but Grace, Gus and Hazel save the McClellan building with their sit-in, paint balls and the arrival of the media to cover this news event.
Then the worst happens. Hazel's longtime love and better half, Bruce, who works with the local historic society which is behind saving the McClellan building, is accused of molestation by Hazel's teenage next door neighbor who is also related to the Lewis family, the intended demolishers of the McClellan building. Can Grace, Gus, Hazel, their younger friend Marigold and their pets, Gus's Corgi Butterbean and cat Grizzella, or Hazel's Pomeranians Art and Gwen save the day? Read "You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit" and find out.
"You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit" is a delightful reading romp featuring senior citizens but its plot's direction needs work. The general theme of three women trying to save an historic building from the wreckers is an excellent one, especially with their pets adding to the story. But the storyline bogs down with sidebars that should be eliminated such as Irene and the sex toy business. Marigold and her troubled love life and Gus's mother's sad death are sub themes that should be woven more closely into the main plot of saving an old building and Bruce's reputation. "You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit" is a book with tremendous potential.