The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer
When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.
But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…
Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?
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I'd forgotten just how much I'd enjoyed reading The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker, until I dived into Ms Keer's second novel. The author does a wonderful job of transporting the reader into the mind of Maisie, and the way each individual character is portrayed is fabulous.
Although the story has a sound plot, I loved the book more for the characterisation and the hint of other worldliness weaving its way through the whole thing. And of course, it's as heartwarming as one would expect from the genre. Sweet, gentle, delightfully old-fashioned in places, I particularly enjoyed Ms Keer's depiction of the older generation. The setting was fab, too.
Congratulations on another fantastic story.
About the Author
Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women's fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team. The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker was published in January 2019. The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is out in July 2019.