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?
I heard lots of great things about Jenni’s debut novel ;The Hopes & Dreams Of Lucy Baker’ and I fully intended to grab hold of a copy to read as soon as I possibly could. Having read ‘The Unlikely Life Of Maisie Meadows’, I now realise just what I have been missing and ‘The Hopes & Dreams Of Lucy Baker’ is going to be the next book that I read. I totally and utterly adored reading ‘The Unlikely Life Of Maisie Meadows’ but more about that in a bit.
What can I say about Maisie Meadows? She is a young lady who thought that she was in a monogamous relationship with one of her bosses. She has her eyes opened and she leaves her job behind. She gets another job at a local auctioneers and it’s a fresh start for her. She throws herself into this new job and she finds that she really enjoys it, as well as liking the people she works with. There are a few surprising but lovely coincidences whilst she is working there. I loved reading about her past and the positive influence that some of the adults had on her as she was growing up. It didn’t take me long at all to warm to Maisie and I soon began to think of her as a friend. She’s loyal, friendly, kind, compassionate, hard working, creative and an all round good egg. I couldn’t help but keep everything crossed that she would make a success of her fresh start, she would find somebody who deserved her and she would find the happiness that she so deserved. Does she? Well you will just have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my flipping goodness me, ‘The Unlikely Life Of Maisie Meadows’ has got to be one of THE best books I have read so far this year. From the moment I picked the book up, I was gripped by the story and from then on talking to me was useless because my attention was on the book and on the book alone. I became addicted to reading ‘The Unlikely Life Of Maisie Meadows’. I couldn’t get enough of this adorable story and the equally adorable characters. Putting this book to one side was not an option as I couldn’t bear to be parted from the book even for a fraction of a second. I think part of the attraction of the book for me, was the fact that Maisie is just like you or I. A normal person trying to make their way in the world.
Jenni Keer has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get along with. She draws you in from the first word on the first page and once she has your attention, she won’t let go. I loved the way in which she has written a story that is so charming, so heart warming, so real and so darn funny. I have not laughed as much whilst I was reading a book as I laughed with this book. One particular scene that made me laugh was the scene where a characters mentions that a nursing home resident uncovers a part of his anatomy, he offers it to the other ladies and he isn’t fussy about whether or not they wear dentures. The reason it made me laugh was that something similar happened to me whilst I was working at my local hospital during my university holidays. I politely declined the offer.
In a nutshell, I absolutely loved, no make that adored reading ‘The Unlikely Life Of Maisie Meadows’ and I would most definitely be recommending it to other readers. I can’t wait to read more from Jenni Keer but whilst I wait I will most certainly be reading ‘The Hopes & Dreams Of Lucy Baker’. I just know that I will enjoy that book as much as I enjoyed this book. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.